Abdest Beneath the Blue Mosque

Abdest (Arabic: لوضوء) is Turkish for the Islamic act of purification for prayers. Often translated as “partial ablution”, it’s a sacred ritual in which parts of the body are washed in preparation to appear before God. This travel photo was captured between calls to prayer outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey with an Olympus C-770UZ.

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. His college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he believes this is the true way to experience different cultures.

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