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How a Little Drink from Turkey (Izmir) Helped form the Modern World

The world is so connected nowadays, and we think we know pretty much everything about how the way of life we enjoy today emerged. I thought this, but then the other day I found out that Coffee, the drink so many of us enjoy around the world today, originated in...

Posted on 05 August 2011

Santa Claus is coming to town in Turkey

Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa Claus.  He was a 4th century Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey.  Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor.  He was very religious...

Posted on 16 December 2008