This has absolutely nothing to do with tourism in Cappadocia.
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But it has everything to do with you enjoying your vacation in Cappadocia!


You were out late last night. You left the restaurant in Göreme and returned to your hotel in Üçhisar, falling into a relaxing sleep from your amazing day. You awake to tackle a new day of adventure as you head to Avanos and POW!…BAM! (just like the old Bat Man movies) the rising sun blinds you. You reach into your purse to grab your sunglasses, only to realize, they’re sitting next to your last glass of wine at the restaurant!

Avanos optic sunglasses avanos cappadocia wallNow you are in the market for some new sunglasses. But like me, your tired of the 10 TL sunglasses that don’t protect your eyes, and break as soon as you fold them into your purse.

Where do you go?


Avanos Optic is the place for you.

Located directly across the street from McDonald’s it’s easy to find. And Rashid, the owner, is glad to serve you. When I asked if he could speak English he said “A little.” “We can understand each other speaking “Tarzan-ish”. They point, and I show them the calculator…it works” he confidently asserted.

His parents are originally from Özkonak, a village near here. But they moved to Istanbul where Rashid studied and worked for several years. After marrying he returned to Avanos and set up Avanos Optic. I asked him if he’s been able to adjust to small town Avanos from mega-city Istanbul. “Oh, I love it. It’s amazingly quiet. The people are nice. There’s a different atmosphere here in Avanos. I go back to visit my parents for two days and I can’t stand it. I have to leave,” he shared. I couldn’t agree with him more!
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He shared how he had traveled a lot in Turkey. “Out of 81 states, I’ve been to more than 70.” Which is unusual for most Turkish people. I asked why he’d been to so many places. “I used to sell sunglasses. I had my own job which required traveling. I used to work for my father…I’ve had a lot of jobs that took me places” he shared with me.


As we sat and talked about politics and religion (two things Americans are used to avoiding in conversation!) I got the feeling Rashid was a lover of life. He shared that he had a 6 month old son, and I shared that I have three boys of my own. “You nurse your kids, you change their diapers, you raise them, you teach them, then a bomb drops on them…doesn’t that make you sad?” he asked rhetorically. As we sat there in his shop talking we were having a human conversation despite our different languages, cultures, religions, poitical and economic backgrounds.

And that’s why I love my job.

I needed a pair of sunglasses and I met Rashid.

You need a pair of sunglasses and now you can meet Rashid too!

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Christian Dedrick is an English teacher living in Avanos. He has lived in Turkey since 2008 with his wife and three sons. He moved to Cappadocia in 2011 and is excited to be sharing stories from his life here. He enjoys spending time with Cappadocians, hearing, and telling their stories.
He began writing for CaptivatingCappadocia in spring 2012.
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