Explorer’s Journal: Meeting the Butcher of Bilbilan
Phrase from Field: People with thick coats, clopping horses, slick roads, crunchy trash, and creaky houses disappear and reappear in the mountain mist, forcing us to use other, deeper senses to understand where we are and who we meet.
Memorable Meal: Sitting behind the butcher shop, scooping skewers of boiled meat from newspaper scraps spread across a table, we send out call after call for chunks of moldy cheese and salted tomatoes, cold shivers keep our stomachs insatiable.
Location: Bilbilan, Turkey
Altitude: 8,694 feet
Date: August 20, 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 small taste of the very 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.