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Old 01-05-2018, 08:33 PM
 
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Well, that was informative.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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I know that Turkey, while overwhelming islamic, is more secular than other islamic countries. How does it translate into the daily life? Do people stop the activities five times per day to pray? Do women wear hijab? Is the Ramadan fasting really observed?
Let me try to answer some of the questions. It changes from person to person. Some people do stop their activities five times per day to pray. Some donít. Friday prayers are important so even if they donít pray five times a day, some people go to mosque for friday prayer. Some women wear hijab some donít. Usually in the big cities most women donít wear hijab. In smaller towns and villages they wear more traditional clothing.

Same with the Ramadan fasting. Some observe it some donít. Though most people try not to drink or eat in places like buses, subway etc. during ramadan out of respect for those who fast. Restaurants stay open though so anyone is free to go there if they chose to do so.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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When is the most festive time of year to visit Istanbul?
You are welcome anytime

Though here is a list about the best times to visit and there is information about key events as well.

https://travel.usnews.com/Istanbul_T...When_To_Visit/
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Will turkey remain secular?

Will erdogan leave NATO and side with Putin and China?

How strong is islam in turkey?

Does turkey plan to take over the middle east?
Will turkey remain secular?

I hope so. I’m hopeful for the 2019 elections.

Will erdogan leave NATO and side with Putin and China?

I don’t think so. Though who knows what the future brings.

How strong is islam in turkey?

If you ask how strong political islam is, in the latest referandum the government got 51% of the vote. The younger and more educated people voted no. So this gives hope for the future.

Does turkey plan to take over the middle east?

I don’t know does US?
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Do locals shop much in the Grand Bazaar?

Love Turkey, one of the few countries I have been to more than once.
I don’t live in Istanbul but yes I guess they do.

https://www.theistanbulinsider.com/h...and-elsewhere/
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Selen, I will ask you as that guy doesn't seem to return.

- I've heard that Erdoman/Erdogay has had quite a crusade against alcohol. Have you noticed that it's nowadays morally less acceptable to drink?

- And another thing I heard (I watched a documentary today about Turkey) is that after the coup attempt, people have started snitching and calling out their neighbours for being politically "suspicious" or acting "immoral" (like not wearing scarves and for example drinking).

Then a bit less serious question:

- Do you like Serbian accordion music?
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Selen, I will ask you as that guy doesn't seem to return.

- I've heard that Erdoman/Erdogay has had quite a crusade against alcohol. Have you noticed that it's notadaysa morally less acceptable to drink?

- And another thing I heard (I watched a documentary today about Turkey) is that after the coup attempt, people have started snitching and calling out their neighbours for being politically "suspicious" or acting "immoral" (like not wearing scarves and for example drinking).

Then a bit less serious question:

- Do you like Serbian accordion music?
I've heard that Erdoman/Erdogay has had quite a crusade against alcohol. Have you noticed that it's notadaysa morally less acceptable to drink?

Alcohol is sold in markets, restaurants, bars, hotels etc. Yes they try to tell people itís not good to drink but people who want to drink, drink.

And another thing I heard (I watched a documentary today about Turkey) is that after the coup attempt, people have started snitching and calling out their neighbours for being politically "suspicious" or acting "immoral" (like not wearing scarves and for example drinking).

People acting politically suspicious refers to people from the Gulen movement. They are a political Islamist cult so they donít mostly drink alcohol anyways. People not wearing scarves or who drink can not be snitched because not wearing headscarves and drinking are legal.

Do you like Serbian accordion music?

How did you know it was my favorite music? Lol kidding just listened to it because you asked and it seems fine.
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Old 01-06-2018, 02:03 PM
 
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thoughts on bulgaria? favorite neighbor country? favorite country in europe? 10x.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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Can I say we were in Turkey at the end of April, early May and the weather was great. We did not know that there were so many tulips in Istanbul. Was a very pleasant surprise.
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Old 01-07-2018, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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thoughts on bulgaria? favorite neighbor country? favorite country in europe? 10x.
There are many people in Turkey with origins from Bulgaria. Including my grandmotherís side. I would like to go there but unfortunately I havenít been able to yet. Komşu
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