Man Selling Herbs On Mountain Trail In Turkey

I encountered this man selling herbs on a mountain trail near the Olympus ruins in Southern Turkey in 2002. He didn’t understand English and all I knew how to say in Turkish was teşekkür ederim [pronounced “teh shek uer eh der eem” meaning “thank you”] and the more sincere sağ olun [meaning “to your health” and pronounced “sa´l ud” with the emphasis on the first syllable]. Nevertheless, we somehow were able to communicate, as you can see.

This is the Roman ruins of an amphitheater near Olympus. It was on the trail down from here that I met the herb salesman.

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