The Sailors Life
Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
36Trip End Jan 2008
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As for Marmaris, it's full of English tourists (not that I have anything against English tourists). I think it's sufficiently westernised and cheap making it an easy place to come and relax for the summer holidays. Also the Turks make really good copies of major clothing labels ("Genuine fake my friend, special price for you!"), and there was more than one occasion that I'd see Chav's looking in the window of a jewellery shop, wondering which chunky chain would complement his fake Burberry hat.
And the people of Turkey, I did not expect such friendliness. Even though it's annoying that everyone is trying to sell you something, at least they were friendly (unlike the Greeks). And the food is also very nice.
One thing I really like and gives you a sense that you are not quite in the west anymore is the sound of the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer five times every day. There is just something mysterious about that sound, that sound that envelops the whole middle east all at once. It's not like the sound of a Christian prayer, where at the end when 'Amen' is solemenly pronounced and there is closure. At the end of the Muezzin's call you get the sense that there is no closure, no end. Like Allah is always watching, and will be until the end of time.
Off to Pamukkale next