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Things that make you go hmmm....

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We are back in Istanbul tonight and it was a bit of a slow travel day so we thought we would make a list of the things we have found funny or interesting about the places we have been so far.
- queuing is an extremely foreign concept to the Turks. Even if a line is formed for a ticket window, cash register or bathroom means NOTHING! You snooze, you lose...even the little old ladies get pretty spry when you leave a window of opportunity.
- on the roads of Istanbul, it is the same thing. Even the shoulder is fair game for a high speed passing situation and as long as you miss the other cars by a hair, you still missed them and should carry on at a radical rate of speed.
- roads in the country side are impressive and well ahead of their time as they are rarely driven on and usually by tractors, horses or scooters. and it is okay to park your tractor (and wagon) downtown if that's what you drove home from work.
- traffic lights flash green before they go red (if they are turned on at all). And they turn yellow before they turn green...almost as if to warn you that "Caution - you are about to be moving again, WATCH OUT!!"
- smoking is a national pass time whether it be the water pipe or chain smoking cigarettes, but when it comes to cigarettes on television it is proper to censor the image by covering the offending actors cig with a an upside down line drawing of a pretty little flower.
- in a restaurant, it is okay to order from the place next door. the staff does it, there is a tea waiter that brings tea from some magical and supplies it to all the staff in a group of cafe's. and if there isn't what you are looking for on the menu, I am sure someone down the street makes it, so it will be found and delivered.
- to-go food is served on china with silverware and comes with a waiter that will deliver it to your apartment and come back later to pick up the tray.

There are so many more, but just too hard to describe. It has been two weeks now and it just keeps getting better. Tomorrow we are at the Sinan Erdem Spor Salonu, a 20,000 seat stadium for the Freestyle Wrestling World Championships. Good luck to Ohenewa Akuffo, Canada's best at 72kg.

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Posted by colincampbell 13:06 Archived in Turkey

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