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Istanbul - pre-trip jitters

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We have finally decided to go to Istanbul and will be there the last week of May - coming up soon!

I am not a novice traveler and am very respectful of local cultures and customs, but for some inexplicable reason, this trip has me unable to really relax. We are reading Rick Steves Istanbul and trying to prep on as much information as possible. I am for some reason just more afraid of offending locals by not saying or doing the right things (not just visiting mosques, but in a hammam for example, how to dress, etc.)

Also, people hearing that we are going to Turkey ask us if we are "staying away from the trouble", and I'm not really sure what they mean by that or how to respond.

Also, I know this may sound amateur, but I've never smoked a cigarette and never wanted to, so I'm wondering if trying those "apple-flavored steam" pipes would be a good idea? It seems to be a "thing to do" in Istanbul.

Anyone who has been recently to Istanbul or lives in Turkey and can shed some reassuring light on what I might be feeling, please comment! I've always wanted to go to Istanbul, it's a dream come true, so I'm not sure why I'm having these jitters. Thanks.

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