The larger area of Turkey to the east of Istanbul is referred to as the Asian side, after hearing the term a few times in Istanbul i started to expect something different from the few towns id passed coming to Istanbul itself, not sure what, maybe people looked different, ate different foods, it was all sounding like to be a new place.
Setting off from Istanbul to come down the west side of Turkey felt a bit of a relief to get out of the touristy area of Istanbul, a great place as it is, rich in magnified culture and amazing sites, there feels a difference between the tourist areas and non tourist areas where people go about their day to day lives, Arriving into small towns and villages there was a feeling of this is what Turkey is about, the dusty hot unmarked roads leading to the centre of town, hearing the call for prey from mosques wailing throughout the streets with an amazing passion, from 5.30 in the morning onwards, five times a day, there`s certainly a modern touch, after call for prey there often comes a sound of a touch tone phone as though someone is dialing a mobile, all the time the ticking over of how people live and do things shining out, guy`s dashing around carrying polished tea trays delivering small cups of Cay, horns beeping, kebab shops, pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk displayed proudly in the streets, shops and houses. It`s an obvious place of this is Turkey, this is how we do things, on a night small decorated minivan style buses drive around town with blue lighting inside, casting a fluorescent blue tinted shadow of the people sitting inside like a type of disco bus, where the atmosphere can be felt from the outside.
Cycling along the south coast it started to sink in the actually size of Turkey, looking at a terrain map put the country in perspective, the place is huge, mountainous, working out the equivalent to say cycling the distance of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria, the heat was being turned up in the south.
Turkeyism, using the phone and the number nine digit been spun round to look like a six, going to use the hot water tap, the hot water coming out of the blue tap, Salt in the Pepper pot, been given a fork and spoon each time when eating a meal, electricity going off in the room, someone walking past shrugging their shoulders and saying `Turkey`.
Turkey`s this country where Mercedes Benz cars drive side by side with horse & carts with no feeling of animosity, hostility or prejudice, an amazing place!!
Facts about Turkey
Turkey was Founded in 1923 by M. K. Ataturk.
Currency is Turkish Lira (TL).
Turkey borders Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria.
There`s three climate zones, Mediterranean, Continental and Black sea.
The highest mountain is Mt. Ararat, approx,5165 metres, It`s believed to be resting place of Noah's Ark.
Main industries of Turkey are, auto industry, textiles, food processing, mining, steel, petroleum, construction, limber, paper, tourism.
Turkey is slightly bigger than Texas.
Posted by Rob Brown