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Sep 7th, 2005, 07:28 PM
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Merhaba is hello. I think I heard that Turkey very deliberately uses that word in order to have a specifically Turkish word for hello that is different from the word for hello in neighboring Arab countries. (I think previously there were words for hello in use that were similar to salaam, shalom, etc.)

Good-bye when you're leaving is hosçakal, but the s also has a cedille under it, which I don't know how to type. Good-bye when the person you're speaking to is leaving (but you're not) is güle güle, I think.
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Sep 7th, 2005, 07:50 PM
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Thank you for a wll written and interesting trip report. I have one comment about the carpet industry. I was in Turkey recently and went to a carpet store to buy a carpet. I found what I wanted, just a small piece, and then the bargaining began. I eventually got it for a little above the price I initially offered. But I went through about 10 different people, a little like buying a car in the US. The rug cost a little over $200 so the thought occurred to me that the real cost of making the rug was significantly lower. I feared my purchase was supporting child labor. I don't know.
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Sep 7th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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Kudos for a great report. My recent first foray into Turkey was limited to Istanbul but my impressions and memories are quite in line with yours - especially the part about all that great food and the friendly and welcoming nature of the Turkish people.
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Sep 9th, 2005, 03:09 AM
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Hey JR what a good report !! Well done. It is a great country isn't it !
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Sep 10th, 2005, 10:20 PM
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An excellent and useful report, with many details that one would want to know. Thank you!

This may be an out-to-lunch cultural observation , but I'm curious. Regarding the carpet onslaught, is it possible they operated from the assumption that you could never have too many carpets? I say this because a couple of years ago, when we purchased two large carpets in the US, when the salesman (Iranian) delivered them, he literally went from room to room pointing out places where we surely would want additional carpets. If he had his way, our wood floors would have been entirely covered! I felt at the time that this wasn't just a sales pitch, but that he really felt that more was better. And photos of homes in the Mid East often show layers of carpets. Just wondering if you got any sense of what lay behind the sales pressure, if anything.
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Sep 10th, 2005, 10:37 PM
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rsb, that is a good point. I have had in the past a few friends from Iran and they did have carpets all over the floors, in fact I remember some small carpets on top of large carpets. I had forgotten about that.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 05:00 AM
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So they finally dropped all those "zeros" from the Turkish Lira. Shame, as there are now fewer "millionaires" with only two notes in their pockets! LOL!

Great observations and reminds me so much of my very impressions when visiting Turkey a few years back. The Turkish Govt should consider providing you a job writing copy for them. Well deserved. Thanks so much.
 
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Sep 12th, 2005, 04:00 AM
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Sandi ! You still have chance to feel like a millionaire till the end of this year. Banks and /or shop keepres can supply with million TL bills no problem.

The millions you have are still valid for a while

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Sep 12th, 2005, 04:34 AM
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I found your report a refreshing antidote to the "CNN view of the world." The media, and CNN is the worst, go around the world looking for the biggest problems, the most extreme anti-americanism, or anything anything that will get an emotional response out of the audience, usually fear, in order to increase ratings. What they report has no relationship to reality whatever. Check out all the posts of people who watch their nonsense and afraid to set foot outside of the US.

Thanks, it's nice to get a reality check from someone.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 08:40 PM
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I loved your report! It reminded me of our trip there. The carpet salesman. You really had me laughing, and its so true. I have to go back someday. Its still my favorite place to visit.
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Oct 25th, 2005, 02:54 PM
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I am going to print your report for my husband to read. he is lukewarm on going to Turkey and I have been looking for something to show him that might change his mind.

I enjoyed your report very much.

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Nov 5th, 2005, 03:32 PM
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What a great report! Is there a Part 2
written yet?
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Nov 6th, 2005, 09:59 AM
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I'm glad this got topped - as I missed it first time around. What an interesting trip report! You sound like a really fun traveler. Was there a part two?
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Nov 8th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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Actually there are two further reports giving details of Istanbul. I will be writing further reports but am in hurricane recovery mode in South Florida. I believe you can click my name or search for similar headers something like Return of the Loud Mouthed American and Son of the Loud Mouthed America.
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Nov 9th, 2005, 05:23 AM
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I got them! Thanks!
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Nov 9th, 2005, 05:44 AM
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Thank you very much for this excellent report, very informative and interesting. I enjoyed so much reading it, if we shall make a classification of the reports, I'll for Grand Prix for yours!

I made three short businesss in Turkey, and in general, I agree 100% with your opinions.

Thank you very much. I wish you many other trips, and I wish us to read many other reports from you!

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