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  •  thanks for the awesome diary! (4+ / 0-)

    I visited Turkey in 96 and was just knocked over by the sense of history, the smells, the way families took care of each and every member--in Istanbul.  I actually cried as I took one parting glance at the city line, miniarets and all, getting into the taxi going to the airport and home.  I also saw Bursa, Konya, Smyrna and many other places throughout the month I spent there.  As I went by myself, I did not always see Turks at their best, and it reminded me how similar the Greek and Turkish cultures think and behave because of the hundreds of years of connection between them.

    ...just remember to turn on the LIGHT!

    by boomerchick on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:19:49 PM PST

    •  sounds like an amazing journey (2+ / 0-)
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      you were on! I wish I could have seen more of the countryside but time didn't allow for it. I grew up in Germany amongst a lot of Turks and Greeks, and it always amazed me how much they had in common and yet also there was this animosity between them, even just teenagers, who seemed to have embellished the entire history between their countries and cultures. Thing is, I love both cultures, some of the nicest people I've met.

      Live life. Not too fast. Mostly walk. (or bike)

      by citisven on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:35:41 PM PST

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      •  it is verrryyy interesting, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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        My grandmother was a total extrovert, and made friends with everyone in the neighborhood.  One day, a Turkish family moved in, and she decided to let the past be  the past, and went over to meet them.  She and the woman in the family were thirty years apart in age, but became fast and close friends.  They would say, "oh let them fight over it all over there, we are friends here!"  I figured if my giagia could get over it, I could, and never again thought of Turks in a negative light.  Now that I'm an adult, I find myself really proud of her!

        ...just remember to turn on the LIGHT!

        by boomerchick on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 04:28:55 PM PST

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    •  Greeks and Istanbul (3+ / 0-)
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      I think my visit was in 1995, as part of an Aegean Sea cruise.  Istanbul was one of two ports in Turkey.  We also stopped in Kuşadası to see Ephesus.

      The ship was Greek-flagged, but shipwide announcements were made in many languages -- English, Spanish, French, German, and of course Greek.  I recall with combined amusement/sorrow that as we arrived on the Bosporus, the announcement of our schedule talked about "Istanbul" in the first four languages noted above ... and "Constantinople" in Greek.

      grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

      by N in Seattle on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 03:14:43 PM PST

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