Explorer’s Journal: High Prices and Honey Festivals Hint At Future For Macahel Biosphere
Phrase from Field: The 14’th Annual Macahel Honey Festival lacks its regular enthusiasm as bureaucracy, speeches, and road-blocking clouds close in on the rings of dancers, the lip smacking children, and the stacks of honey priced high, declaring a new kind of future for the ancient biosphere.
Memorable Meal: The Macahel Aricilik house pulses with life, full of fresh trout, plates of local beans and greens, mashed into different shades, and served next to hot corn bread, soup, saucers of fruits, cheese, and glasses of misting raki.
Location: Camili Merkez.
Altitude: 400 m.
Date: August 24, 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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