Dad is in Turkey for the first time. What conclusions did he make about the country and about our life in Antalya

Hello friends. At the end of July 2022, my parents, who now live in Sochi, flew to visit us in Antalya. And if for mom a trip abroad is a common thing, albeit a rare one (she flew to us in Thailand and Turkey), then for dad it was the first vacation in a foreign country. And it turned out to be quite emotional.

Dad is in Turkey for the first time. What conclusions did he draw about the country and our life in Antalya

He was surprised, amazed, and not up to the mark. I want to tell you about his most vivid impressions of Turkey and Antalya…

The main impressions of the Pope about Turkey

To begin with, I want to say that my parents stayed with us for only a week, and even at the peak of the Turkish summer. It was VERY hot, so much of the planned we could not carry out. For example, travel along beautiful beaches and canyons, take a full walk around the city, etc. evening, or to shopping centers) But we still managed to see something.

Dad is in Turkey for the first time. What conclusions did he draw about the country and our life in Antalya

Dad first time in Turkey. What made conclusions about the country and about our life in Antalya

The cars are different, there are no traffic jams, the traffic is much calmer

So, the first impression of dad, which was already formed on the way from the airport, is local cars, drivers and traffic conditions)

My dad is an ardent car enthusiast and even in the army he was the head of the fleet, so cars are his theme!

So he noticed how different the lineup in Sochi and Antalya is. According to him, “in Russia there are practically no such cars as in Turkey.” Here everything is somehow simpler and cheaper, there are not so many expensive foreign cars as in the same Sochi.

Antalya is much calmer and there are no traffic jams!

Some kind of sloshing

Dad's acquaintance with Turkish cuisine also turned out to be very emotional)

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Turkish people love to eat and all those endless appetizers, flatbreads, salads served before the main course always cause a lot of delight for people who first encounter with local cuisine.

That's how it was with us) “Turkey is a complete glutton, it takes a long time to get used to it” .

Dad first time in Turkey. What conclusions did he draw about the country and our life in Antalya

Why are they drinking this, plus pickle?

And dad also had a very emotional acquaintance with the main Turkish national strong drink, Raki, and with what it is customary to drink (Shalgam). It was very funny, I even recorded a video. But in short, his impressions were:

“These are Drops of the Danish King! Why are they drinking it? We drank this as a child for a cough! Anise Drops!!!”

In general, he didn’t get excited about this drink, to put it mildly)

Dad is in Turkey for the first time. What conclusions did he draw about the country and our life in Antalya

But a little later, when they brought us a meter-long kebab, the mood improved. So it somehow goes better)

Dad first time in Turkey. What conclusions did he draw about the country and our life in Antalya

Broken stereotypes

Briefly about broken stereotypes about Turkey:

  1. Does not stink of dogs and sheep, everything is very decent and cultured;
  2. People are very friendly and surprisingly good with Russians;
  3. Very colorful population: “covered Muslims mixed with naked priests”.
  4. Compared to Russia, everything is very cheap.

“Reality is different here. I don't think you'll be back”

In general, dad looked with his own eyes at the place where we live, got to know Turkey better, its culture and people, and concluded:

“I think that you will not return to Russia. Here you have some other reality.”

It is. The reality here is quite different. Here is my husband's sister after a month spent in Turkey, thinking about moving to Antalya.

Thank you for your attention, your Mom on the Sea.

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