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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ten Turkish Things

From a Foreign Perspective

Beatrice Vanni, owner of the Turkey & My Foreign Perspectives blog, has very kindly allowed Tarkan Deluxe to reprint her 10 myth busting facts about Turkey:

  1. Turkey is not in the Middle East and Her people not Arab. She sits between and on the two continents of Europe and Asia and is part of the Caucasian race.
  2. Turkey is a democratic republic with a parliamentary government where one can enjoy freedoms of every kind. It's not governed by Shari'a or Islamic laws.
  3. Turkey's official language is Turkish. All citizens speak Turkish as the national language and share Turkish citizenship.
  4. While Turkey is overwhelmingly Moslem, there are many churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship throughout Turkey, where you are free to choose how to worship.
  5. Women enjoy the same freedoms as men; there's no requirement to cover their heads, dress in long sleeves and dresses, or walk 10 steps behind a man. Everyone is free to dress and act as they wish.
  6. Turkey has an excellent transportation system with intra-city buses, trains, tramways, ferry boats, sea buses, taxis and a newly developing underground. The railroad, buses and underground are undergoing upgrades at this time.
  7. Turkey's the only country in the world which is completely self-sufficient producing enough food, water and housing for all their people, a booming textile industry to clothe many nations, and the latest technology. Until the 1980s, they had few imports and depended on no outside resources.
  8. Turkey's inter-city bus system is noted as one of the best anywhere with buses going to every part of Turkey and abroad round-the-clock. They're clean, air-conditioned, on-time, and facility-equipped with fresh tea, coffee and meal service. This Turkish system puts Greyhound in America to shame.
  9. Turkey has many major interstates, or motorways, throughout the country and four-lane highways and toll roads. While some roads in more remote regions are not well-kept, you may travel most places on good roads.
  10. The Bosphorus Strait is the most important, strategic waterway in this region of the world, boasting the utmost critical tanker transit route in the entire region and which separates the city of Istanbul.

Originally from America, Beatrice Vanni is an editor, writer and consultant currently residing in Istanbul, Turkey. Most recently Ms Vanni helped organise the city's Culture of Peace event for International Peace Day on September 21, 2006.

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