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Человек из Турции, который живет в Германии и все время переодевается

Человек из Турции, который живет в Германии и все время переодевается

 

 

 

Well, it’s been a long time indeed between photos. Ali and I have been meeting up for coffee every now and then over the past few months, but this was the first time the opportunity arose to take his photo. He was in Turkey for a while, and I get the feeling coming back to Berlin has been quite hard for him this time. He really misses his home, and I believe he’ll probably move back to Turkey on a more permanent basis soon. Of course I’ll miss him, but he’s already told me he’ll book me a flight to come visit! 

I’ve been asked quite a few times by the press to be interviewed with Ali. However with the language barrier, and the fact that up until recently he was working six days a week, it was always just a bit too tricky to organise. However, when NPR got in contact, I made an exception! We met with Esme from NPR News a few weeks before Christmas. You can listen to the interview here:http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/01/02/370381686/age-85-and-still-stylish-on-the-streets-of-berlinThis photo was taken last week at Kottbusser Tor, as Ali and I were on our way to grab a bite to eat together.

I met up with Ali for a quick cup of tea this afternoon around the corner from his house. It was his idea to shoot the photo in the spot where we used to out the front of my old work. (And yes, that is a Mickey Mouse tie!)

True to his word, Ali dropped into my new place of employment yesterday to say hello. It was busy, so I didn’t have a lot of time to chat, but Ali did give me a plastic bag containing three chocolate bars…keeping me well stocked until we next meet, I suppose!This is of course the suit Ali wore last year when we went to a Turkish wedding together < http://tmblr.co/ZaCbQui6jh4R > He seems to have found the perfect hat for it now!

I had a coffee with Ali and Kerim today at the shop. I hadn’t seen them in a while, so it was nice to catch up. As I was leaving, Ali prescribed one million kisses for me, half a million for my mum and half a million for my dad. Usually he says only one hundred thousand for my dad, and so I queried the change. He said it’s best not to make things complicated!I think there was a little confusion with my last post. That wasn’t the last photo of Ali, or indeed the end of the blog, just the last one taken outside the cafe where I used to work. Ali has already told me he’s coming to visit me at my new job the next Sunday I’m working! 

Silky trousers and jacket, in shades of the forest. It’s possible that this may be the last photo taken outside of the cafe that I post. After over two years there, I am moving onto another job. I’m quite excited about this, but obviously a little sad I’ll no longer be seeing Ali on an almost daily basis. He seemed to take the news fairly well, and assured me that there would still be plenty of opportunities for us to see each other! 

On Sunday I joined Ali, his boss Kerim and Kerim’s daughter Betül for an outing to their friend’s garden house out in Brandenburg. Ali and Kerim had been there the night before, and prepared a bbq lunch for us in advance. We enjoyed a walk around a nearby lake after lunch, and I got some snaps of some local kids jumping into the water.http://zoespawton.tumblr.com/post/94525113450/lake-jumper-brandenburgAli was in high spirits, singing and dancing for us. He also revealed he was in a circus just off the Kurfürstendamm in the west of Berlin in the mid 1970s. Just when I thought I knew all there was to know about him…!

Three types of stripe in one outfit!(This is one of the aforementioned suits Ali brought back with him from his recent trip to Turkey)

 

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