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Any Americans live in or are knowledgeable about Turkey. I have a trip planned and have some cultural questions (I piss off enough Americans, I don't need to add the population of another country).
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Don't know about cultural particulars, but don't forget to take a flashlight, I heard it's pretty dark inside.



sorry, no way I could resist
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AT 22 wrote:
sorry, no way I could resist


You beat many people (including me) to it.

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RaffertyA wrote:
Any Americans live in or are knowledgeable about Turkey. I have a trip planned and have some cultural questions (I piss off enough Americans, I don't need to add the population of another country).
I've spent about a month total in Turkey (mostly Istanbul), so fire away.
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JoshBot wrote:
I've spent about a month total in Turkey (mostly Istanbul)...
Not Constantinople?
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Simply put: make an effort to turn yourself out in clothing that, while weather-appropriate, is more than novelty T-shirt, shorts, sandals and baseball cap. [Not that this describes you, just many of us Americans on vacation.] If you're traveling with women, they will need to bring some kind of light, simple scarf to cover their heads if you tour any of the mosques.

If crossing your legs while seated, try not to show the soles of your shoes to others. I wouldn't obsess about this, but it can be considered impolite.

Don't worry about firmly, politely, saying 'no' to touts that will accost you for carpet shops. In Turkish, "hayur" means 'no'. Oh, and if you try to learn a little Turkish beforehand. . . big plus. It's a gorgeous language and some pleasantries can get you far. Basic German can help where English fails, too, especially in shops. Be prepared for less English-language familiarity the farther you get from urban, traveler-centric areas. We were in a chemist's shop, and a little simple French got us what we needed.

If you do use a public toilet in the city, and there is an elderly attendant, a small tip is polite. Don't sweat the elephant-footprint squat toilets. . . I only ever used one over the course of over two weeks. Most facilities are familiar toilets.

Do be prepared to meet some of the most hospitable people on earth! Our guesthouse reception/host went absolutely out of his way for us. Trying to insist on tips after such service--if they've politely declined--isn't necessary.

Get used to drinking awesome tea--a lot of it. Practically every shop will push it on you as normal operating procedure, which it is. The Turks/Kurds I met were very interested in our backgrounds, nationality, why we visited their city/county. Share your stories, as it will pay dividends.

Hopefully any Turkish visitors here at the 'Geek will correct or update my advice! I last traveled (western) Turkey in 1999. All the best for a great trip!

Cheers,

Brian
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wmshub wrote:
JoshBot wrote:
I've spent about a month total in Turkey (mostly Istanbul)...
Not Constantinople?

That's nobody's business but the Turks.
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