Last night Orhan and Banu visited for some Iranian pistachios, Iranian Turkish coffee and a Pera beer. Pera is a reasonably new beer brand. It tastes okay.
My lotto partnership with Huseying abi didn't bring any results. Afterwards I went out for some beers with Taner, Ozge, Edge and Ali. It is funny in Turkey I often go weeks without drinking alcohol and it doesn't bother me one iota, but in Iran, where drinking alcohol is forbidden, the love of a beer was more consuming. Karen and I were going to open a beer at Dogubeyazit but then she had to catch a bus earlier than expected.
The annual Mersin Festivali began Friday night with a Sertab Erener concert. Sertab won the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Everyway That I Can'.
After dinner I walked to the Cumhuriyet Meydani (Republic Square) in time to see (in order):
-The sycophantic mayor present Sertab with a bouquet
-A good fireworks display
-The final two songs of the night: her follow up single to 'Everyway That I Can' followed by, predictably, 'Everyway That I Can'. These two songs are in English (although there are Turkish versions of 'Everyway That I Can') whereas Sertab's previous work, if I recall correctly, was in Turkish.
There were many thousands of people standing in the square. People living in the multi-storey blacks of flats nearby were lucky (or unlucky) enough to receives bird's eye views of the concert without the rush of the crowd.