Turkish Hospitality

Trip Start May 27, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Another of the notable things about our stay in Turkey has been the hospitality of the locals. Part of this has been the result of some very gracious friends in Basak, Zeynep, their parents Mr and Mrs Aydin, transplanted Californian Dave Weston, his girlfriend Aynur and several locals each has introduced us to.

Outside of the gracious hospitality of these friends, we were also taken with the graciousness of strangers. Any time we entered a shop and were seriously looking at something they would offer us a cup of tea. When we visited the pottery shop they brought us mini (one oz) glasses of local wine. When we returned our rental bicycles in Cappadoccia the shop owner asked us to sit down and have a cup of Coca-Cola with him. We ended us sitting for nearly 45 minutes talking and telling stories. We later learned that in their culture it in impolite not to offer someone tea (or something else as appropriate) when someone enters your home or business. It was also interesting that when we would ask someone "how are you doing" we were as likely to get a "I am very hungry" or "it is too hot" as a "good". It seems that "how are you doing" in Turkey is not a greeting but a serious question about how one is doing.
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