Explorer’s Journal: Surviving Mountain Storms Trains You for Rising Above Corruption
Phrase from Field: Slouching against mountain wool-stuffed pillows, a man donning a track suit and perfectly trained British English recounts how a life of survival and fickle weather patterns in the yaylas has prepared him for survival in the cut-throat corruption of Batumi oil ports and the tyrannical nepotism of politics.
Memorable Meal: A little boy balances a cookie on his head as red meaty white muscled animal corpses pass between hands through the doorway, are spread across every surface, chopped, wrapped, and hidden from the view of our meat-less vegetable soup, which we eat among tired women and commanding men.
Location: Lekoban Yaylasi.
Altitude: 2,500 m.
Date: August 22, 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.
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