Question 1. You were culture shocked! What were the most shocking things you saw?
- Your neighbourhood; kids running around at all hours, garbage floating around, stray cats and dogs everywhere, the men selling random things from the backs of trucks, when a truck came spraying pesticides on the kids and women, when they had a herd of sheep and they slaughtered one right in the street! Roosters crowing although we are in the most urban part of the city.
- The toilets!!! " 'cuz they are just a hole in the ground surrounded by ceramic and you have to squat over it. Not a big fan."
- The streets; people weaving among cars, taxis driving aggressively, narrow steep streets
- The restaurant district and how pushy they can be.
- A woman sitting in the dirty street in her wedding dress
- How well dressed people in the slums are
- No one wears a helmet on motorcycles and mopeds
- How cows and horses graze beside a four lane highway and there is no fences to stop them from going on the road
- Men selling water on a big highway at night, weaving between cars
- How men sometimes gawk at single women... especially the blondes! More so than home even!
- How swank the buses are- stewards serving drinks and treats; also how the spare bus driver sleep under the bus with the luggage!
- In small towns people drive tractors like cars with the whole family loaded in the back
- Muslim women swimming the full hijabb
- The food! not like home hence Daddy-O's gastrointestinal illness
Question 2: What is the same to home?
- McDonalds, Burger King etc... (McDonalds has a McTurk burger heh heh)
- Irish Pubs
- People dress pretty much the same except for the predominance of muslim women, which we have at home but not as many
Question 3: Favorite places or experiences?
- Shopping in the bazaar and Istiklal cadessi... "I am bad at haggling though!"
- Visiting my first mosque, much different than a church but very beautiful.
- Boat cruise of the Bosphorus was relaxing
- Loved the Topkapi palace, the Harem and the "Big diamond... which was 186 karats!!!"
- Cappadocia was "Freaking awesome"; the underground city was "amazing but scary"; our cave hotel was beautiful, peaceful and the staff was astoundingly friendly
- Fields upon fields of sunflowers on the Gallipoli peninsula
- Trying 'real' Turkish Delight
- Seeing the old mopeds they drive around, some more than 30 years old!
- Gallipoli, the tour of Anzac cove
- Going to the Flintstone bar with a young Canadian couple we met, they have a fire going there...and good music
- The best night was the night on the town with our Turkish movie star friend in Istanbul!
- The 160 km per hour ride down the mountain from our Cabbie guide that took us on the Anzac tour; Mom put her seatbelt on as they hammered it down winding roads and he laughed exclaiming "Do not worry! I drove a tank for 18 months!"
Question 4: Overall impressions? Messages?
- Even more different than we expected! But fun!
- The Turkish people were extremely friendly and very hospitable and nice (way friendlier compared to our trip to Scotland!)
- It is safe! Some people in Canada view Turkey as a very dangerous place which it is not at all... we felt safe the entire time!
And so Jack and I continue on the last leg of our journey... Two brave souls set out into the great unknown... We are thinking about camping out on the Black Sea for a few days before catching a flight to Isreal.