11 April, 2010
Sugar cubes. They fill a third of an aisle in the grocery store. Nearly every delicate glass of bardak çay is served with two, sometimes wrapped, sometimes not, on the saucer beside it. Over breakfast in Yolağzi, Oğuzhan told me that eastern Turks have a habit of taking large küp şeker, biting the blocks in half with their teeth, and holding the cube in their mouth as the drink tea, for a measure of economy. In my dormitory a friend does just that, and for once i try. Though they never take tea with milk, Turks don't seem to understand tea without şeker. I've left a trail of unwanted küp şeker everywhere i go.