Haggling in the Bazaars

Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Friday, April 25, 2008

We are ending our time in Turkey back in Istanbul, haggling in the Bazaars for a few things to bring home.  Simple things such as a few objects with the hazar and some kebap spice.  What fun!

Our five final thoughts on Turkey would have to be summed up as follows:

1. Without a doubt our first thought is Turkish hospitality!  Everyone has been incredibly friendly and helpful.
2.  Food! We knew it would be great but it is beyond great!  Our mouths will water for cheesy butter on hot flat bread and doner kebaps for years to come. All the food has been stellar!
3.  Ground transportation:  Getting around was quite straight forward. Busses and trains were comfortable and efficient and even had black and white tie service...what a nice change from our last few trips in Tobago, Central America and SE Asia where hours on local chicken busses left us sore for weeks!
4.  Everyone told us to beware of the relentless touts and the scams and the carpet salesmen, but we found that a few jokes and a firm "hayir, tesekkur ederiz" worked well. 
5.  Again, turkish hospitality...the Turks may well rank up there with some of the friendliest and most helpful people we have been hosted by world-wide.

Turkey has been a very rich and rewarding travel experience for us.  We experienced amazing acts of kindness right across the country.  The families in the small guesthouses in which we stayed were awesome.  And of course we would be remiss if we did not mention the couch surfing community and our hosts there...in England and in Turkey.  Turkey has such an outstanding array of sites and kind people that we found one month was simply not enough!
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