Turkish culture and lifestyle
I’ve been living in Turkey for the past four years and I am a wife and daughter/sister in law for a wonderful Turkish family. I cannot say that I know everything about Turkish culture and lifestyle, but I observed, learned and have some opinion about it and you may find it useful on your way to understanding this big new country of yours 🙂
When I first came to Turkey all the people that I interacted with seemed like angels with their smiley and friendly faces, polite voices showing amazing hospitality. I still didn’t understand a word of Turkish language and was relying only on what my intuition is telling me. Of course, as a woman, I always trusted less men on the street, because I know as a foreigner, I may be more interesting to them, so I just ignored anyone who I felt is not as good as he is showing to be.
What is my opinion about Turkey after spending here few years
Now, after four years spent here, my feeling is actually not very different, even I know a lot of Turkish language now and can communicate easily with people. I still think most of the people are very helpful, nice and hospitable people. I traveled a lot in Turkey, from East to West and my experiences were amazing on every step of the way.
You can relax and trust people, as most of the people will not try to trick you. Of course, common sense should be applied, but I try to make my life easier and just try and relax and give my trust to people and believe that everything will be ok. And usually, it is. This is a new skill that I’m still learning, but it’s the one Turkish culture is teaching me and I’m so grateful for that.
Everyone can find something for him/herself in Turkey
Turkish culture is very versatile and full of many surprises that are still waiting for you to discover them. From bargaining at Pazar (bazaar), eating different kinds of food, all made with gifted hands of Turkish women and men, drinking liters of black tea in small Turkish glasses while you smile and try to understand this new group of people, who thankfully accept almost everyone with open hands and hearts.
It is not a secret that I am in love with this beautiful land and hopefully, you will be too 🙂
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