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Basket Lift in Turkey

Basket with Rope to Lift Goods from Street to Window

It was one of my first days in Istanbul, and I was sitting in the living room of my couchsurfing host when some outside the window caught my attention:

A lady in a building across the street was hanging outside of her window lowering a basket down to the street with a rope.
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Istanbul, Turkey- February 28, 2009
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I watched as a clerk from a grocery store walked up to the basket, put some food in it, and then the lady pulled it back up to the window.

“What is going on?” I asked my host.

“Oh, the lady calls to the grocery store and a man comes and puts food in the basket and takes the money.”

Video of a basket of food being lifted up to a window

(Could not find a way to rotate this video. I now know that I should always take videos horizontally.)

Basket with Rope to Lift Goods from Street to Window

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