I’m taking the nod from Cheryl over at Four Camels and a Coffee to Go (which I recommend following) and doing a list of 10 things I love and hate… however, I think I will continue in her footsteps and keep this list to travel rather than a list of my general likes and dislikes- which you will eventually be able to make yourself due to my constant ranting! So this list shall be entitled: 10 Things I Love and Hate about Turkey (including the process of going!), keeping it in line with the theme of my blog…and my life! I think I may make a new list after living in Turkey for a few months…what do you think?
What I love about Turkey…
- I love when I speak Turkish and people understand me. I’m still learning- but when I can converse with someone and we understand each other… SUCCESS!!!
- I love being near my in-laws. I, for one, do NOT have a monster-in-law! I love my new mom and dad, and I am so happy to be able to be near them (not to mention, I can understand them better in real life than on skype…)
- Turkish food. Turkish. Food. Turk-ish Food. I think that goes without explanation. How can you not LOVE a huge spread at breakfast time, making jams with your mom and grandma, chowing down on a 1TL doner from a street window…
- Even before I converted to Islam, I loved the sound of Ezan (adhan, the call to prayer). It’s something you’d have to experience in person. I can’t explain it.
- However, now that I am muslim, I very much look forward to the turkish bayrams and religious holidays. Maybe it’s just me, but anything celebrated is better with family. Since no one in my family is muslim, my hubby and I are basically left alone for the muslim religious holidays like Ramadan and Kurban. I can’t wait to celebrate with family!!
- While this was on the list of hates for Cheryl’s blog, I have to bring it up. I love Turkish toilets (aka squat toilets). They take some getting used to, but it is far more hygienic than western toilets and you dont break your back trying to pull some hovering stunt.
- If you go anywhere in the middle east, you will know and share my love of pazars/ bazaars. I greatly appreciate the availability of produce in Turkey, and I absolutely adore clothes shopping at large bazaars such as the one in Konak, Izmir. ❤ Give me some knock-off designer brands for 5$, I can totally live with that.
- I really love Turkish music and the style of turkish dancing and celebrations. I had the pleasure of going to an engagement party and crashing a cousins wedding while in Turkey- and those people know how to partaaay!
- Coming from the US, there’s no question why I love the public transportation available in Turkey. Who needs a car when you can find taxis, buses, trains, charter buses, and cheap flights anywhere in the country?
- Lastly, being from a first world country, I love the cost of living in Turkey. Homes are cheaper, food is cheaper, clothes are cheaper… I mean, not everyone has a car and an iphone, but once you get accustomed to the life style Turkey is pretty swell.
What I hate about Turkey…
Now it’s time to get down to the ugly side of things
- I hate, hate hate hate, hate. HATE. H-A-T-E dealing with the consulates/ gov’t officials! In the effort to find out what Visa I need this time around, I am getting different answers from different places- when they actually feel like picking up. Get it together, Turkey. And I know that my future dealings with them will be just as joyous.
- Honestly, I hate flying. Not all flying, but those long-haul flights of 10+ hours. You know, when your feet start swelling, your legs start aching for a stretch, that guy in front of you thinks it’s okay to lower his seat into your space, and you are breathing in unfiltered germy, farty air. uuuughhhhh!!!
- I really do hate the language barrier that I have to deal with at the moment. It is hard to not be able to communicate with anyone. While successful communication was my #1 love, not being able to communicate needs to be included on the hates list.
- I hate how people come over without calling ahead and want to oggle me. Since I am a foreign bride, everyone wants to come see what’s up and how I am different. But sometimes, you know, I need a heads up or just give me some space. Come on people.
- I hate that there is no AC, and Turkey can get hot. I mean, some people have klimas (like a window AC unit), but regular AC is not the norm in Turkey. Did I mention it gets hot?
- I hate the internet censorship!! One of the websites I use for translations (seslisozluk.net) is banned in Turkey. I don’t know why…and I’m sure everyone has heard about the censorship in Turkey on the news lately. I don’t want to get into that just yet, because I want more information, but yeah, generally…boo.
- I hate living out of a suitcase. While our return to Turkey will be different, the first few months will undoubtably be living out of a suitcase. This situation isn’t unique to Turkey, but I’m still including it because it is my experience with Turkey.
- I hate not being independent. This is really just a gut feeling to something that hasn’t necessarily happened yet. I don’t like the idea of not being able to go out without my husband. Not like Turkey is super dangerous, but I am going to get lost and my Turkish isn’t sufficient yet so…
- I hate being bored. Again, I’m just reacting to a gut feeling. Since I was in high school (7-8 years ago), I’ve always had a job, classes, or other things to do. In Turkey…I won’t. Not for a while anyway. On one side, it’s like the vacation I’ve always wanted…but it will definitely get old. Hopefully my list of hobbies will keep me entertained.
- In the end, I hate being far from my birth family. I don’t want to belittle the love I have for my in-laws, so I need to clarify birth family, since my married family is also important. No matter where I am, I miss someone. That stinks.
As this started as a sort of chain-letter, I’m tagging everyone who reads this post and has a list they would like to share. Please tag me in it so I can read it! It can be any kind of loves/hates list- don’t limit yourself to my topic 🙂