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Safranbolu, Karabük

Safranbolu, Karabük

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Written by M. James

September 12, 2013 at 12:53 am

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  1. A place can be exotic (at least) due to space or time: As a 21st century European, both 21st century Burma and 10th century Lotharingia are exotic to me. Is Karabük exotic spacially or temporally?

    Or would you use a different framework?

    Luc Issa

    September 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

  2. By saying “to me,” you’ve hinted at an important alternative—is such a judgment entirely subjective? What would 10th century Lotharingians say of 21st century Fargo, North Dakota?

    From my own subjective point of view, though, Karabük could only be considered exotic spacially. And even that would be exaggeration. This is a photo of faux exoticism at its finest—a tourist trap for the multitude of Japanese who frequent Safranbolu.

    Apparently, even the Japanese find this exotic.

    I will post another photo of Karabük shortly to put this one in context.

    M. James

    September 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm


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