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  •  Well, I might take my family (1+ / 0-)
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    and/or my friend Ben, who's very interested in the archaelogical digs over there, though he says there's not a chance in hell they'd let him onsite.

    I guess that would make it different though it would be weird for Nick, the one guy in our family, to shepherd three women around. If Ben came that would make it easier.

    Dammit, I hate having to think like this. Makes me want to go by myself just out of defiance.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:57:13 PM PST

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    •  The best way to travel, whether alone or (1+ / 0-)
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      with a group is by preparation. Making plans ahead of time, after studying all angles, including security, will make the difference.

      I was born and raised in Turkey and after 30 + years living as an American, I feel like a foreigner any time I visit the country. It is a great country to visit obviously and tourists are usually safe there, including women. Tourism is an important part of Turkey's economic wealth thus they are pretty serious about keeping the tourists safe. You will get to see incredible archeological sites and Mediterranean resort towns that are full of life, especially during summer months. Istanbul is huge and busy like any city of its size. Also check "Blue Voyage" tours. As a woman, you'll generally be safe if you stay with the previously known and the planned path. Stay with the plan and with what you know. Dressing conservative also helps to not to attract unwanted attention (this can be an issue even in Italy). As a rule of the thumb, I would not trust every friendly face either. Since the Turks are genuinely a curious bunch (really :) especially when it comes to foreigners and the tourists, there will be many. Making friends is o.k. but must not be too trusting if you don't know the person.

      Meanwhile, you will receive free medical care if necessary. Yep they have the public health care system, including coverage for the tourists and the foreign settlers who live there for extended periods of time.

      Just prepare for every detail ahead of time and know who you will be contacting and where you'll be going and staying while being aware of your surroundings at all time.

      ps# I don't know what happened to Sarai. It doesn't sound right. She disappeared on the day she was expected to fly out of the country. She was not mugged or assaulted. Someone apparently hit her on the head and her body was removed.

      Airports (especially the international ones in big cities) can be dangerous places, also. I am suspecting a possible political plot behind Sarai's murder. She might have had enemies. Or maybe someone wanted to sabotage Turkey's image as a safe place for tourists. Who knows...

      Hope we will find out what happened to her.

      And have a nice trip to Turkey:

      Link

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 12:22:25 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for posting this. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes--about Italy.

        If you are not someone's daughter or sister, stand by for more attention then you ever wanted and not necessarily the kind of attention you want, regardless of how you are dressed. Esp in S. Italy.

        •  Would love to go there (1+ / 0-)
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          some day.

          "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

          by zenox on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 03:22:21 PM PST

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          •  The food is outstanding, the coffee, the history (1+ / 0-)
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            It's all very lovely, and I loved hiking Mt Etna. But the males there really need to refine how they "flatter" females with attention.

            Looking at me like I might fall over with my legs in the air by chance, is not a turn on. Expecting me to because I am an American, is just going to piss me off.

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