Surprising

I find Turkey very European with a pleasant twist. Everyone is very nice. If you nod, they nod. If you smile and say merhaba (hello), they will smile and respond. They love tea. For me that says “civilized” in so many ways. They love food. It is beautifully displayed. The breads are very fresh and delicious. Fresh fruits, veggies, meats & cheeses at every meal!

They are also very progressive. Their roads are excellent. They have gas stations with attendants and WCs (clean bathrooms with toilet paper!). They recycle. Solar is on every house. Wind vanes all over the country.

I don’t see drunks, addicts, homeless anywhere so far.

And the call to prayers, even for this atheist, is thoughtful, reassuring, a welcome pause. (This dog did not agree with me – https://photos.app.goo.gl/nj1Nby9apWSZzWUj7)

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