I love this post. In terms of style, but also because the message is so relevant – not only for travellers. For everyone. I think we need to spend a little more time believing in people, a little less time judging people, and far more time having tea with strangers. Thanks for the beautiful read Lana.

Godspeed To A Mighty Balloon

A culture of stranger danger dominated your formative years, and it certainly feels like everyone is out to get you. The pickpockets use compassion and distraction techniques to steal from you, and sexual harassment is an inconvenient part of life. Most recently, you were groped on a packed tube (why didn’t any of you help me?) by a man who initiated a cheery conversation about the weather. The swathes of anecdotal evidence from friends and the internet suggests to you that your experiences are not unique.

Eventually you lose count of all the bad and uncomfortable things that have happened to you, and an overarching fear of unsolicited friendliness and a deeply rooted suspicion of everyone around you begins to govern your interactions with strangers.

The man with the tea glass, and owner of the beach hut The man with the tea glass, and owner of the beach hut on Heybeli Ada

Within minutes of arriving in Istanbul, a man…

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