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CultureShock! Turkey by Arin Bayraktaroglu

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‘Think globally, act locally.’—Friends of the Earth slogan, mid-1980s

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIALISING

As in many Mediterranean countries, where the summer is long and hot, in Turkey too, people spend most of their time in the open air—in their gardens or balconies, in the parks or streets or in the coffee houses, where socialisation is inevitable. In such places, old acquaintanceships can be renewed and new friendships formed very spontaneously—that is, as long as the approach does not come from a single man to a single woman. Otherwise, the Turks need ...

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