I’ve had my share of woes in Turkey, especially when it comes to bureaucracy but I have to say that that I consider myself quite lucky to have been able to experience it as an almost-local. As I take on possibly my last year here (time FLIES), it’s a good time as any other to already start making a list of reason why I should come back after leaving (IF I leave). With Turkish Airlines now serving the Istanbul-Mauritius-Antananarivo route three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and possibly an additional flight on Mondays as from the 8th of February 2016 it is still quite fair to assume that many Mauritians would soon be making their way towards Turkey in the near future – not that they haven’t been doing so for the past years (from what I know anyway).
So without further ado, here are my 10 reasons for you to visit Turkey this year.
1. Istanbul would be reason enough
The only city spanning two continents, Istanbul is definitely one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities I have ever visited (although I wouldn’t want to live there, the traffic is truly horrendous). With over 2500 years of history, culture and traditions, it is a city with beautiful and certainly famous landmarks representing worth of the capital that served four different empires.
2. But then, you’d miss the other historical and archeological gems Turkey offers
We just got dropped at Meşeli, the village where we would be spending the day, in the morning, all eleven of us, at the mosque, one of the only two public buildings in the village – the other one being the village hall. A few seconds of confusion as I watched the kids decide on what they wanted to do. They had been assigned to survey all the houses in the village and despite it being a small one, with less than 300 people, it was still quite a challenging task to complete everything by 3 pm, which is when we were getting picked up. I ended up jumping on the surveying wagon as well since walking around on my own in a half empty village wasn’t going to be much fun anyway.
You’re walking down the road – practically running to be honest – on your way to work wishing that your student had cancelled again not that you can afford such luxury. Just a few metres a car stopped, pulling its windows down. Probably another lost soul looking to ask for directions. You remember the times when you used to ask for directions every five metres not that you’d understand anything the people were saying. Turks seem to think that if they repeat something again and again loudly, one will end up understanding what they’re saying. Uh people, that is not how it works. You do consider walking past the car hoping that some other person will come to his rescue. At some point. Continue reading Absolute charm.→