I am so excited for tonight’s episode of Shahs of Sunset for so many reasons. For one, I love Turkey and am dying to see where they go. And for another, while they are in Turkey this group will not be wasted the entire time and hopefully we will see them more civilized with less liquid courage coursing through their veins. And finally we likely will not be distracted by the women’s breasts hanging out for all to see. It should be a fun, more conservative show.
Already Reza is pretending like he cares about his heritage. He doesn’t but my home for him is that he will when he returns from this trip. GG wins the best luggage award with some Gucci looking roll-on with a leather flip top. Crap I forgot about them getting wasted on the flight over. MJ is standing up during take-off. What is wrong with these people? Have they never been in a plane before? It looks like they are in Lufthansa’s business class and are sort of spread out so that may be a good thing. Wow! It’s only 12 hours to Istanbul from the west coast.
Did they actual bring champagne with them? The first thing they do when they get to there van is drink. They toast to being in the middle-east. Well close enough to the middle east I suppose. Istanbul is primarily in Europe.
MJ and GG begin arguing on the first night out in Istanbul. This is not what we want to see Bravo. Why do we need to fly them half way around the world to hear them rehash their stupid arguments in front of a foreign audience? /sigh Yet somehow they end up apologizing and making up.
OMG I love the street shots. I want to go to Istanbul so bad! I haven’t been anywhere in months and I have the travel bug soooo bad. Everyone is at breakfast except for Golnesa. No one seems to be asking Reza what the deal is with his hair.
Finally, everyone is off for some sight-seeing. First stop is Haggia Sophia. It’s a museum that began as a Christian church when it was built in the 6th century. It’s a stunning remnant of Byzantine architecture. The huge cathedral was converted to a mosque at some point before it became a historical monument/museum. Ah, Reza asked and it became a mosque in 1453.
Next they go to the famous Blue Mosque. It’s comparatively much younger than the Haggia Sophia as it was built at the peak of the Ottoman Empire ( 16th and 17th century). They are at the mosque on the day of Eid, a day of religious significance that marks the end of Ramadan, a season of fasting in the Muslim religion. It sort of like if Fat Tuesday came AFTER all the deprivations of the Christian season of Lent. My point is the place is mobbed. They all sit outside and listen to the Muezzin melodically call the faithful to prayer. I love that sound, it reminds me of my childhood. It’s very soothing, even if you are not Muslim.
The women are deeply moved. GG is flooded with tears. Reza is nervous about being gay during the call to prayer. Mike seems very uneasy. He’s having a strong reaction. The hate between the Muslims and the Jews is a very deep-seated emotion for some. Mike refuses to enter the mosque. Asa is upset that the men and the women are not allowed to pray together and that women are not allowed in the main part of the mosque. It never ceases to amaze me when religious people are so unfamiliar with The Bible, or in this case The Koran. It’s very clear that these religious documents have completely separate rules for men and women in all sorts of situations. Now, Asa might not believe that her God would treat men and women differently, but I can assure you the God of The Koran and the God of The Bible are infinitely clear on that point.
Asa and her mother go shopping for food to cook for the evening meal. Asa’s mom really longs to return to Iran and see her family and friends. It’s heartbreaking. I am blogging so slowly tonight because I am drinking in every second of this episode. Reza is obsessed with all the street cats in Turkey.
Asa and her mother are so very excited to reunite with family members from Iran. This whole episode is so emotional. Everyone is crying. And I am everyone. I love that Asa got Iranian dirt. So cool. I can’t wait for next week!