I spend a lot of time in British company where inevitably, the main topic of discussion turns to what we think of the Turks. On the last such occasion, I was beginning to get bored of this repetitive conversation and my mind started to wonder to the opposite end of the spectrum. What do the Turks really think of us Brits? Are we obnoxious? Are we two sandwiches short of a picnic? Are we friendly, happy-go-lucky people who spread joy everywhere we go?
With this in mind, I set out to complete my own mini survey. Some of the answers were really not suitable for a family blog and went straight in the bin. However there were three answers that were repeated time and time again and here they are
The Turks Think the Brits….
1: Drink too much alcohol.
The Turks are fascinated by our marvelous ability to drink copious amounts of the demon’s drink and still be standing. They also confessed that after a while, we begin to sound like a reject from the Toshiba robot factory and they really cannot understand a word we are saying.
Most of the Turks fully admitted that if they consumed half of what we did, their head would be permanently over the toilet bowl for the rest of the night. They are also unsure of why we want to spend all our money on something that will just come out of the opposite end twenty minutes later. Far from criticizing us for our drinking habits, they actually love it as it provides them with a wage at the end of the week.
2: British Girls are Easy.
Brothel owners must have been up in arms on the day that British girls landed on the shores of Turkey. Apparently we are a bit too eager to stare at the heavens while spreading them. The Turkish men love it because it gives them a chance to practice being a red hot stallion before they finally wed the woman that will produce heirs to their blood line.
In one such conversation, I failed miserably at trying to explain the difference in cultures between English girls and Turkish girls. Therefore I reverted to pointing out the irony in what had just been said. Surely, if the girls are easy for giving it up so quickly then the boys must be easy for taking it. I was met with a confused look, then the penny dropped and he walked off while scowling. Not sure if I won that one or made an enemy for life.
3: We Have Impeccable Manners
To all those who moan that the future generations of Britain are rude and obnoxious individuals, I hope you are reading this because the Turks think we rock when it comes to saying “please” and “thank you”. We constantly say thank you for everything. We go into restaurants, pay for food and say thank you to the waiter. We buy a newspaper from the local shop and say “thank you”.
The Turks really don’t understand how we can be giving out so much love for such little things, but they like it. Interesting enough, all the people who said this worked in tourism. Every one of them also said that if their boss made them work with Turkish people only, they would leave. Obviously our parents taught us well!
I really shouldn't travel because I can not read maps and always lose my way! But hey, that never stops me and it is part of the fun! Leave a comment below to join the discussions.