local habits. Five of them were told by a domestic tourist who spent the past 2 winter months in Turkey.
“Analyzing my experience, I can say: such a long journey has its side effects in the form of separation from the “native” reality, immersion in the life of a foreign country, and voluntary or involuntary adoption of other people's habits,” she wrote in her blog on Yandex. Zen.”
First, the habit of eating a hearty breakfast. The first meal for the Turks is the most important, unlike the Russians. “Turks love to have a hearty breakfast. There is always some kind of egg dish on the table: scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs or boiled eggs. Several types of bread: rich, lavash, semit (kalach with sesame), biberli ekmek (bread with pepper). Two or three salads, olives, black olives, homemade sausage, different varieties of jam. Yoghurt, homemade cheeses, chokelek – cottage cheese, seasoned with tomato cubes, hot pepper paste, herbs, spices and olive oil. Sykma – pita bread rolls stuffed with chokelek, baked in the oven. Of the drinks – juices, coffee, tea,” the author listed.
According to the compatriot, she herself did not expect that she would give up her usual coffee with sandwiches in the morning in favor of a hearty meal. Over time, this habit came to her liking, because. I don’t want to eat until the evening.
Secondly, the habit of waiting at a pedestrian crossing so that motorists miss it. “What I like about Istanbul is that here you don’t need a pedestrian crossing at all to cross the road. Because it doesn't matter where you get beaten to death. No difference! On the green one, on the zebra, I just stepped off the curb… That's it!”, the stand-up comer Slava Komissarenko quoted.
The tourist compared pedestrian crossings in the republic with a quest, because first you need to make an effort to find one of them, and then wait until the flow of cars ends: it is not customary to let pedestrians through, as they do in Russia.
According to a compatriot, this habit has remained with her and upon her return to Russia: before crossing the road at the designated place, she lets drivers through. For the latter, this behavior is perplexing, she noted.
Third, say hello and talk to strangers. The blogger explained this tendency with strong tribal and community ties and the influence of Islam, “which prescribes to behave in society with the utmost politeness and openness towards both acquaintances and relatives, and towards “strangers.”
The traveler noted that at first politeness and questions “How are you?” “annoying”, but then it becomes a common thing. “Imperceptibly, you yourself begin to follow these unspoken rules of Turkish good form – to be the first to greet strangers, especially the elderly, and not only Turks, but also compatriots (hotel neighbors, random people you meet on the beach, in a park or cafe), and take an interest in how are they doing,” she explained.
Fourthly, walk around the house in warm clothes and slippers. The habit appears among the locals with the onset of cool weather, since there is no central heating in the republic. The only source of heat in hotels is air conditioning. “But even if he works around the clock, he will not be able to warm up the room to the usual +25-30°C in Russia. Maximum up to + 15-18 ° C, ”the author noted. In order not to freeze, the Turks put on warm fleece pajamas and fur slippers.
them time. The daily moments of pleasure in life are denoted by the Turks with the phrase “keyif yapmak” (keyf yapmak), which translates as pleasure.
“It can be the most ordinary things: a smoke break on a bench in the park, a glass of tea in a cafe during a break or watching the sunset on the beach on the way home from work. This is not just a state of doing nothing, for the Turks it is an opportunity to disconnect from external reality, immerse yourself in yourself, relax, restore internal energy, feel harmony with nature, ”she specified. This habit is contagious. Over time, the author began to attach herself to moments of joy in the form of admiring nature over a cup of coffee, sitting on the balcony, contemplating the waves of the sea, etc.
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