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> Is Turkey safe?, Christina Talcott of the Washington Post says yes, within reason
starlagurl
post Jul 15 2008, 03:29 PM
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If you're headed to Turkey, American and Western travelers are advised by the US State Department to "keep a low profile"

What does that mean?

-leave the stars and stripes at home
-don't eat at McDonald's or Burger King
-don't avoid hotels, big ones have loads of security and the small ones already have a low enough profile
-The British and US governments are advising against traveling to Mt. Ararat and the eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey
-Generally, watch to see how "worried the Turks look" and stay away....

Link to the column: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/travellog/2...is_it_safe.html


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laine
post Jul 28 2008, 01:35 PM
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we are in turkey at the moment, and we have had no problems at all. We are in a camper van, and have free camped a bit and have only ever been meet with the up most kindness. We heard about the german backpackers who were kidnaped, and we visited the area with out any problems. We have seen a large military presence, but they don't seem to be concerned with travelers. Don't let anything put you coming to this great country. It has to be the best place we have visited!
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post Jul 29 2008, 08:18 AM
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You're right laine, and I'm glad you're having such a great time. Most people who travel don't meet with any kind of hassle, but I think right now, it's prudent not to shout out to the world that you're a Westerner.


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post Mar 21 2009, 09:10 AM
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Obviously when visiting and travelling in foreign countries (especially in these uncertain days) we all have to be aware of every possible danger.

We have lived in Turkey now for over twelve years and there have been several terrorists attacks during that time, usually directed at foreign companies or embassies. However, letís keep all this in perspective. There havenít been terrorist attacks anywhere near as severe, or with so much loss of life, as a number of major incidents in other parts of the world in recent years. Street violence is uncommon here and theft is rare but pick-pocketing and purse snatching is a growing problem in busy areas such as bazaars and markets.

The majority of people here are scrupulously honest and you are more likely to have your attention drawn to money fallen from your wallet or pocket by a passer by, rather than have them pocket it quietly themselves; or for a shop keeper to point out that youíve handed over a higher denomination note than necessary. These are not isolated examples. It has happened to me on a number of occasions and to so many friends and visitors.

You may, if fact, feel safer here than at home. In fact I feel much more comfortable walking around a large Turkish city late at night (even as a foreigner and a westerner) than waiting for a bus at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon in Manchester, UK!

Be cautious, of course, and follow appropriate, up-to-date advice; terrorists have no limitations in terms of where or who they target. But do remember that Turkish people are some of the most hospitable, friendly and honest people in the world.



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