Nine oddities of Turkish houses, which are not in Russia, were counted by a curious Russian tourist who studied Turkish life in the resort town of Alania. She outlined the result of her “ethnographic research” in her blog on Yandex.Zen.
What struck the blogger? Enumerate:
- Stoves on balconies. In general, the tourist was clearly impressed by the Turkish balconies – according to her, in the resort town “a balcony in Turkey is more than a balcony.” “This is a separate room where its own life is in full swing. In hot weather, they have breakfast, sleep and even receive guests here – therefore, in houses on balconies you can often see stoves where barbecue is fried. In most cases, they are part of the project,” the blogger assured
- Woodpile in the yards of multi-storey buildings. The blogger suggested that this is related to the first point. In Russia, such a landscape in the yard of multi-cars is impossible to meet, in Turkey it is a common thing. “And not only in houses where stoves are observed. Perhaps this is a reserve for picnics, without which the Turks cannot live – every now and then they arrange them in the yards, or go somewhere in nature for them, ”she noted.
- Water faucet and drain on the balcony. “Daily washing of balconies is one of the favorite activities of Turkish housewives. At the same time, the tiled floor is heartily poured with water from a hose, which is connected to a water tap specially brought out to the balcony. The dirt is washed off into a drain specially installed for this purpose on the balcony,” the author of the text explained.
- Stairs and elevators outside the house. In Alanya, you can often find flights of stairs brought out to the outside – “mainly in the old ones, built in the 70-90s. of the last century, single-entrance houses of small (from two to five) floors. The blogger did not find what it was connected with – from the “variable number of floors” in a mountainous area to the desire to increase living space and the desire to be safe in the event of an earthquake. But the fact is – houses with stairs outside are not uncommon. Elevators are also being built to the houses – mainly for people with disabilities.
- Neighborhood of apartments with shops, offices and government offices. “Offices, offices, private schools and kindergartens, and even private practice medical offices can be located in ordinary apartments. But if in Russia only the first floor of buildings is used for this purpose, then in Turkey – anyone who likes it, ”the blogger explained. Moreover, sometimes it is planned so at the level of the developer – one entrance is sold for offices, including state offices, in another – a hotel, in the third – ordinary apartments. “At the same time, shops enter the ground floor (it is considered the first one in our country), and a club or a restaurant can be located under the roof,” the blogger added
- Flat roofs and unfinished buildings. “Private houses in Turkey often have flat roofs. This is done so that one more floor can be built on – for the next generation of the family. And since such construction is a costly business, it can last for years, or even decades, ”the blogger explained. At the same time, most likely, as in Egypt, an “unfinished” house has tax benefits. Moreover, as the blogger demonstrated, you can see the unfinished floor in the middle of the house.
- Rooftop Water Tanks – Just like in Greece, in Turkey you can often see rooftop solar powered water tanks. “Meeting guides like to tell tourists that these are moonshine stills, but this, of course, is not so. In fact, the design is a boiler. Since there is no centralized hot water supply in Turkey, water is heated separately in each house. The black panel is a solar battery. She transfers heat to the tank and heats the water, which is sent down to the tap in the apartment,” the blogger said.
- Rural idyll in the city. “A Turk can leave a village, a village can never leave a Turk. Therefore, when checking into even the coolest and most modern residential complex in Alanya, keep in mind: you will wake up not from the azan, but from the cries of roosters at dawn, as one of your Turkish neighbors will definitely start chickens, ”she said. If the tourists are lucky and there are no poultry lovers nearby, then “gardeners who dig up the lawn and plant it with something more edible than geraniums” will definitely find in Turkey
- A neighbor with a perforator. It cannot be said that this does not exist in Russia. But “rebuilding typical housing for yourself is a national Turkish fun,” the blogger noted, while, unlike Russia, the state, apparently, does not regulate this issue in any way, and few people are interested in the opinion of neighbors. “As a result, a quite pleasant facade of the house in a few years turns into don’t understand what – most of all, the Turks love to remodel balconies, and their imagination in this matter is limited only by the wallet,” she noted.
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