Miscellaneous tips for travel in Turkey

Mar 12th, 2004, 07:47 PM
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Yep yep...copy, paste,print! I get sick everywhere I go w/ what ever the local revenge is called. Tuts curse, Montezumas revenge, Maos whatever...sigh!!! So this is why I"m so paranoid...so thanks progal for the tips you sent. I have had my A shot too...so should be safe on that level. NCanavan..you make my mouth water w/ all the listing of good foods. And thanks for the tip about the bazar behind the B. Mosque. I"ll have 2 days on my own before the tour...so hopefully I can scope it all out. All this stuff is just super....thank you all sooo much!
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Mar 13th, 2004, 04:51 AM
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I , personally have cast iron guts, never picked up a tummy bug anywhere !!
Terrible question leanne......do you travel with vegemite ? ;?
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Mar 13th, 2004, 04:54 AM
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Also, the visa fee must be paid in CASH. No credit cards.
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Mar 13th, 2004, 05:28 AM
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visa fee to Turkey is 100 Usd and only payable in cash at imigrant desks in airports.
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Mar 13th, 2004, 07:16 AM
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Dining tip: Be careful about all those appetizers the waiter may try to put on your table. Yummy? yes, but they cost extra. It is not like the bread basket they put on your table in the US. We just loved Turkey 10 years ago. I assume it is still just as wonderful. I didn't mind the early prayer calls, I thought they were really cool-- like I am really experiencing foreign travel. Pardon my country mouse attitude.
Also- please give me a porcelain toilet!
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Mar 13th, 2004, 07:26 PM
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It is soo good to have this active thread going.....every nite I'm so excited to see more chat!!! Its helping to pass the days before I go.

Now Marko..Does Vegemite help w/ tummy problems? I know Ozzies eat it all the time....but I think its an accquired taste! I hear eating the local youghurts is a good idea...but that is a milk product.....so to me it would not be good to eat. But others say no it can help. Hmmmm?

I will have the $100 in cash when I land....now is one bill ok....or should I have it in $20s etc. Im being met and I guess they will help me process thru and in.

Im quite w/ you Janeg about porcelein! I like it too.....and managed to tour china for 26 days and searched them out!!! As for the Muzzeims....I think its such a romantic sound....I know also sacred....but romantic non the less. In egypt as we were riding our camels they were doing the call and it was just too fantastic. I was yelping w/ the excitment of it all...thank god my Camel stayed calm!!!

I have a huge passion for travel and love the romance of all the different places in the world. Its why I travel. My job, as I see it, is not to judge but to just observe, appreciate and come home, save my $$ and go again!!!!

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Mar 13th, 2004, 08:28 PM
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Leannat
I really wanted to enjoy my camel ride in India, but I hated it. I ended up with a boil where the beast & I met.
Whoops, better go back across the border, this is about Turkey, isn't it?
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Mar 13th, 2004, 08:33 PM
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"visa fee to Turkey is 100 Usd and only payable in cash at imigrant desks in airports"

Sorry, but this is not true. You can easily send your passport off in the States to the Turkish embassy and have your visa attached to it. No standing in line at the airport when you're tired and grouchy. When we arrived in Istanbul, I was glad we already had our visas. The line to buy them there was horrendous and not moving.
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Mar 14th, 2004, 02:50 AM
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Definately only $20 USD for Australians,
Vegemite can cure almost anything !!!
I find that drinking the local alcohol instead of the local water always helps.....just gotta get the dosage right I have actually just arranged to attend a Rotary meeting in Bodrum where we are spending 2 days of rest and relaxation, the person I corresponded with has invited all of us to stay with him and his family. I love travelling especially to places that are outside of the comfort zone for the majority, I would much rather visit a place where I don't speak the language because it makes me think !!
I want my children to be adventurous !
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Mar 14th, 2004, 04:11 PM
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Yep, you can send your Passport to the Turkish embassy, there are also companies that process them for you for a fee. However, my passport goes with me. I don't want to deal with a replacement when someone loses it. (I had one lost at the Singapore Embassy. Once was enough)
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Mar 14th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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Good evening folks. Janeg: Ouch! A boil...not fun! I have to admit I was hysterical w/ fear the entire ride...and kept saying.."ok ok..you're ok!!!" My guide was cool though and really kept close to me, I think he knew he had a hysterial old lady on his hands. Later in the tour I bought a camel necklace...sort of a totem to my conquored fear!

I actually have a Turkish embassy here in LA...so could go down. I've done that before w/ both Egypt and China. But somehow it just seemed easier to do it all when I get to Turkey..but Patrick says there are lines....hmmm..something to think about.

And Marko.....brilliant idea!!! The local beer should keep me straight & healthy huh? Infact I think there was even some notes somewhere around here I can double check on. Course it might take me a couple of days to get that dosage right? Fun!

I posted else where but should say it here also. I have found a couple of terrific books I"ve been glued to all weekend. "Towers of Trebizon" by Rose Macaulay...fabulous and great fun to read. Actually some wise comments, I thought, about Muslims and conversions, educating the women and all that. Also "Turkish Reflections" by Mary Lee Settle.....Im almost thru w/ this and have really enjoyed her poetic love of her tour. Its always nice to read authors who like what/where they are writing about!!!

Also Marko...what a special and fabulous experience you will have. You are lucky indeed!!! I so agree about "exotic" travel compared to what is thought of as sane and safe. I want the culture to be different, I want to experience new "stuff!" Travel is just too cool!
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Mar 15th, 2004, 06:43 AM
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Two cultural recommendations:

Read My Name is Red, or The Black Book by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. Read Red for a flavor of the Sutan era Ottomans, and Black for an experience of modern Istanbul.

Also, the new film "Distant" (in turkish with subtitles) shot in snow covered Istanbul; Winner of several film awards, including the Grand Prix at Cannes. This film will give you a sense of the daunting economic situation in Turkey, as well as the everyday lives of cosmopolitan Turks (cigarettes, Efes beer, tea, cigarettes, um... more cigarettes)A bleak film, but subtle and moving.

One more practicle tip: never allow anyone, especially cab drivers, to rush you when paying for services. Turkish Lira denominations require a bit of attension. The five million note and the 500,000 note are easily confused.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 07:27 AM
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When we were there the $ was worth about 32,000 lires. I wrote the $ amount on each bill in pencil. No one ever complained & I kept some sort of value idea.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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janeg,
If you were paying about 32,000TL for a dollar, no one would ever complain! Today, a dollar is worth a little over 1,300,000TL. When I was there, the dollar was worth a little over 1,600,000TL.

ncanavan is very right, though, to remind travellers to be aware of paying for things with the right bills and making sure you get the correct change. It can be very confusing, since the denominations are so large.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 08:21 AM
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oops, should read "32,000TL to a dollar"
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Mar 15th, 2004, 09:23 AM
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Well, I was there in 1994. What is the diff between "for a $" and "to a $?" Both mean lots of TL for $1?
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Mar 15th, 2004, 01:03 PM
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janeg,
Not much difference, really, between "to" and "for"; I was just being picky.

But what a difference between 1994 and 2001! I know that the Turkish economy plummetted between those years, but the numbers really say it better.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 04:36 PM
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Thanks NCanavan for the book & movie ideas. I'll see what I can track down.

Gad all this $$....plus I hear I need a few extra $1 & $5 in US as well. We had to do the same in Russia a few years back. My waist just gets a bit bigger w/ the money packs tied around it!!!

21 more days before dept for me!!!EEek!
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Mar 15th, 2004, 06:20 PM
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More reading material:
"A Fez of the Heart" by Jeremy Seal; his offbeat exploration of the history of the fez and his travels in search of it.

Mary Lee Settle wrote a fictional book, Blood Tie. A very dated but interesting book about several expats living on an unnamed island in the 70's and their relationship to the locals. Don't spend money on it, but read it if you find it in the library.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 11:57 PM
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Leanne, 16 days a go. One of my EX friends suggested I hire Midnight Express !!! He won't be getting a postcard !
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