10 interesting things we discovered about Turkey
- People in Turkey smoke everywhere, but on TV showing cigarettes is not allowed, therefore in films showed in Turkey cigarettes are covered with a…. flower.
- In Turkey there’s an old habit of cooking halva soon after somebody’s death. Because of that if you say that you want to eat somebody’s halva, it means that you wish this person to die.
- Although Turks and Greeks are similar in many ways, in one way there are very different is the way they approach breakfast. As we were told and observed ourselves, a typical Greek breakfast is coffee and cigarette, but for Turkish it’s the most important meal in a day and they have to have big breakfast with loads of cheese.
- In many hotels there are praying mats provided to guests and in some cupboards you can find a sticker with an arrow pointing to Mecca.
- Tea is a national obsession. Everybody drinks tea, everywhere. Every gas station has to serve tea to their customers, free of charge.
- The price of cars seems very high, even for old ones, maybe about double of European prices.
- There are no small flats so even single people live in 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.
- Turkish people love Attaturk, an army general who became a national hero. His portraits are everywhere. Even on schools you can find him depicted in his “thinking pose” smoking a cigarette.
- Ladybird symbolises good luck.
- Stray dogs are not removed from streets and are often fed by people.
What do you think about those 10 interesting things about Turkey? Did you find them as interesting as we did? Let us know.