During our stay in Istanbul, we were hosted by a good friend of mine who also acted as our personal guide and activity planner.
One day, together with some new friends, we planned to go to spend a day at the island of Büyükada, barbecuing and chilling on the hills.
In the morning, we headed to the ferry, got to Büyükada and fetched our beloved Çiğ köfte (both the vegetarian and the meat version) and bread from some locals. With our supplies in hand, we walked to the location: a hill overlooking the sea.
Our team of 5 managed, after a conspicuous amount of time, lit a rather decent fire for the barbecue. The time was mainly due to going through all the different strategies and techniques for making a fire which each of us could come up with.
All the planning and the work made us focus on the fire rather than on where we left our belongings, including some of the food.
This was when, waiting for a distraction, a ninja-squad of seagulls landed on the table nearby.
Our initial laughter turned into screams and waving upon realizing their malignant intent; sadly, not before one of the ninjas, the leader I suppose, managed to snatch one of our sweet packaged pancakes.
Curses, similar to the renegade squad and our now-lost dessert, flew at great speed.
This still extremely sad event shifted my attention to the evil flying beings. Since chasing them did not help, the least we could do was to observe them struggling with the packaging and wishing them all the bad luck in this world.
After somehow getting over the loss, we continued our day with plenty of watermelon and relaxation until our departure.