Explorer’s Journal: Talking Tall in Kars
Phrase from Archives: In the honey-house of what might very well be the world’s tallest beekeeper, hives and frames are stacked in neat leaning towers, and in a world of 2.64 cm wing spans, for once, beekeeping feels like the work of giants.
Memorable Meal: an assortment of fruit, honey, cookies, tea, cheeses, and chocolates arrive on big trays, sitting temptingly close near all of our interview materials and equipment.
Location: Kars, Turkey
Altitude: 5,889 feet
Date: August 17, 2012
*****About Explorer’s Journal: From April 2012 – December 2012 I am exploring the Caucasus through the lens of honey and bees as a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee. My mission is to use the living history and culture of small-scale beekeeping to help connect global travelers to local food traditions. The Explorer’s Journal is a daily snapshot from this adventure, giving you a very small taste of the more-than-complex life of the honey road. I am joined on parts of this adventure by story-teller Claire Bangser and navigator Suat Celik. To learn more, find me at my National Geographic Explorer page or read about the adventure here. Would you like to read a story in your local magazine? Do you have an idea for an article? We are producing extensive visual and creative material on the region’s food, culture, and history. Send us an email to brainstorm how you can bring our young perspectives into your publications: email@example.com.