Turkish tea rather than coffee is the national drink of Turkey. More than likely, Turkish friends will serve tea when you visit them at home. They may also send invites to meet them in tea gardens that are family destinations and an integral part of Turkish culture. Teahouses in villages or town centres of Turkey are male-dominated environments, and females rarely … [Read more...] about Drinking Turkish Tea and the Social Culture in Turkey
Turkish Culture and Traditions
Living and travelling in Turkey has inevitably led me to learn a lot about Turkish culture and traditions. The diversity and extreme difference from my own background growing up in the UK, has been an eye opening experience, at times filled with heart-ache, indifference and curiosity. Is it possible to be a foreigner living in Turkey without losing your own self identity? It is a question, I ask myself everyday.
One thing you will soon realize when visiting Turkey is part of the Turkish culture involves being very sociable. Turkish people love to meet new friends and think nothing of spending half the day talking to a complete stranger while putting the world to rights. People who come from countries that are reserved may be in awe of the friendly nature shown to everyone. With this … [Read more...] about Turkish Culture – A Guide to Social Traditions
Despite my love for Turkey, one aspect of living in the country that I absolutely hate is learning how to speak Turkish. Do I need to know it? Well, not really. Many expats live in Turkey without speaking the language but I believe that life is a lot easier when you know the lingo. So anyone who wants to be bilingual goes through three stages when learning a language. … [Read more...] about Learn How To Speak Turkish : The Beginner Guide
When I first came to Turkey, the constant barrage of all things new and in some cases frankly odd, fascinated me. Little Turkish quirks displayed by my newfound friends and learning about daily aspects of life in the country like how to catch the bus, banking systems, and social greetings, made me feel like I had been given a new lease of life. Learning about the culture and … [Read more...] about 37 Ways to Tell if You Act Like a Turk
Ramadan is a religious period of time that tests the strength, determination and goodwill of Muslim men and women all over the land. Mortal souls that follow the religion of Islam put themselves through the ultimate endurance test by abstaining from food, drink and intimate contact during the hours of daylight. The rays of the hot sun beat down on their tired bodies making … [Read more...] about Ramadan – An Outsiders Experience of the Islamic Month of Fasting