The 654th Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival in the northwestern border city of Edirne attracted a record number of visitors this year. Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan said that this year, a total of 1,923 wrestlers were registered at the event, setting a record. The annual tournament, which began Friday, is the oldest sanctioned sporting competition in the world and has been held in the same place since 1362.
As a West German you rarely enter the very Eastern parts of Berlin. Hohenschönhausen is known as one of the centers of power of the Former Communist Regime. The Stasi had it’s headquarters and a notorious prison there. Political prisoners would be tortured psysically and psychologically in there. A park hosts the former center for GDR’s sport athletes. For getting medals at the Olympics sportspeople would be abused with doping to demonstrate the superiority of the Communist system. Many of them suffered serious health problems later on.
The Fishmarket in Karaköy has been one of this magic places in Istanbul. Just beside the Galata Bridge, you would dive into an atmosphere of healthy good food, a smell of freshness, wonderful colors and very friendly, modest sellers never charging too much. A Solmon for 5 Dollars, can you imagine? A Kilogram of seasonal fish was even cheaper. Streetsellers would sell fresh squeezed orange juice, some fishermen would offer grilled fresh fish. Whenever I felt down, Karaköy Fish market was a spot to gain lot’s of positive energy.
The 29th of May is celebrated as the day of the Conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet the conqueror. For the Islamist movement the liberation of Jerusalem is the most important agitation theme, the second most important one is the conquest of Constantinople from the Byzantines 1453.
Istanbul the night before the second anniversary of the Gezi protests
Taksim Square and Gezi Park, in addition to numerous other roads and streets, have been closed to the public on the second anniversary of the anti-government Gezi protests.