Those little differences
When my sister came to visit she noticed all those little things I have already gotten used to while living here. Whenever she mentioned any of her observations, I thought “Oh yeah!” and it reminded me of when I first noticed these things that have now become so normal.
Here is a selection of what my sister noticed about Turkey:
- So many people smoke. Everywhere!
- The kerbs are much higher than in Germany. (Probably to prevent cars from parking on them.)
- There is a lot of bready food.
- The metro area is kept very clean.
- There is air conditioning in public transportation.
- Buses are used more than trains in order to get from one city to another. (In Germany it is the other way around.)
- A very high level of hospitality.
- Turkish men are generally friendlier towards us women than women. (This may be a universal thing though.)
- Knives at restaurants are quite blunt.
- There are outdoor work-out stations for free use almost everywhere near kids parks. That way the parents can work out while their kids are playing.
- They have Magnum Double with blackberry sauce in Turkey.
- You can find a Turkish flag wherever you look at. In Germany you almost never see any flags except for when there are soccer matches.
There are many other little differences I like about Turkey and that I can easily adapt to. One thing I will never get used to though is putting ketchup and mayonnaise on a pizza. Yeeerk! Don’t mess with my pizza!