Here’s a fun, light hearted post for a beautiful Monday in Fethiye. As those resident, or with a property in Turkey will know, Turks certainly have their quirks – just as all nationalities do. Moving to any country and spending time living with the locals does rub off on you. Here are Oceanwide Properties list of 25 little observations that may suggest you are picking up the Turkish ways, maybe you can relate to a few?
You know you are living in Turkey when…
- You drink “large” beers rather than “small” because it makes financial sense at just a lira or so more a bottle
- You drink tea from little hourglass shaped glasses, and certainly not with milk
- You’re cupboard no longer stocks cereal. You now eat bread, cheese, tomatoes and olives for breakfast…didn’t this used to be lunch?
- You now educate tourists in supermarkets that the Ayran in their trolleys is not milk, but a popular salty yogurt drink. It really doesn’t taste good in tea or on your cornflakes
- You turn your nose up at a Nescafe. You now drink strong thick coffee from a tiny cup that vaguely resembles espresso. It has the alluring consistency of mud with huge grains at the bottom. But after you’ve drunk it, not only are you wide awake, but you can turn the cup upside down, wait for the gravel to seep into the saucer, turn it back over and get a local woman to tell you your future!
- You buy your vegetables far cheaper and by the kilo, with stalks, earth and the occasional bug suggesting it’s beautifully organic. Gone are the days you buy fresh produce washed and gleaming coming in fancy little cling film packets
- You always cook lots of food, especially on Sundays when most people are off work. Invariably Turkish family and friends will pay a visit and will expect to partake in whatever you have going, no-matter how small the portion
- You are now a better cook. With few ready meal packet options or convenience foods available, if you want something fancy, you either eat out or rustle up the dish yourself from scratch.
- You have mastered the art of snacking on pumpkin and sunflower seeds, your teeth are even getting a groove to prove it
- You will happily argue the toss on “Greek Feta”, “Greek Baklava” and “Greek Humus”
- You take your shoes off as soon as you walk into the house. You also have a stock of extra slippers, in assorted sizes, to give to guests that pop in as you wouldn’t want them getting a foot cold
- Gone are the fish and chips or curry after a boozy night out, you now sit in a lokanta and drink soup, eat a kebab or buy kokorec from a street vendor made out of sheep intestines
- If you are heading for a night out, you arrange to meet friends for drinks no earlier than 11pm
- You refer to an older person you’ve never met before “abi” or “abla”
- You greet friends with a kiss on both cheeks, even if you are the same sex
- You say “open” and “close” the light rather than switch it “on” or “off”
- You never buy bin bags, instead you stock up on carrier bags and use them instead
- You save your stale bread to give the local chickens and food scraps for the goats or hungry street cats and dogs
- You have adopted a few stray cats and/or dogs. You didn’t set out to do this, perhaps they adopted you, but now you have them and they have become loved family members
- You don’t bother with waiting your turn in banks, government offices or shops that don’t have a numbered ticket system, you simply head straight to the front
- You find driving in your home country boring. When you do, you drive with one finger on the horn at all times and constantly expect the unexpected.
- You fully expect the car in the right lane next to you to be turning left. You also know the car pulled into the right at a junction is really just waiting for a space in the traffic to cut across the road again and head left
- You are used to electric cuts. You have a stock of tea-lights, a pack of playing cards or backgammon set, a hob with just one electric ring (for when the gas runs out) and try to keep your MP3 player or iPAD charged at all times for just such an occasion
- You can now afford Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hugo Boss and all manner of other designer names
- Anything that goes wrong in your life is undoubtedly the fault of the evil eye. Be sure to stock up on lots of shiny blue eye pendants to ward off this widely feared entity.
I’m sure there are many other quirks we could add to the list….please comment and let us know if you can come up with any more.
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