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Ice-cream seller in Büyükada

Mihalis is from . They left Istanbul in when he was 13. His first visit to Istanbul was about twenty years later, but his memories were still vivid. He remembered the way to his old house and other places where he used to go: his cousin’s home, his school, Panayia Church, Agia Georgios Church… He also went down to the seaside where there used be an ice-cream seller between four and six in the evenings. He loved ice-cream when he was a child and always bought some from that seller. He wanted to buy ice-cream like in the old days, and the same person was still there. In fact, the ice-cream seller recognised him, as he thought that Mihalis’s face had not changed! The ice-cream seller pointed to Mihalis’ old house and asked, ‘didn’t you used to live there?’ Mihalis said ‘yes’.

Mihalis says ‘the place where I was born is my home and I miss my home [in Istanbul]. [That’s why] I visit it [Büyükada] at least twice a year.’