Written by Susan of Wardrobe
For the last three months my family and I were in Turkey. We had many adventures and learned a lot of new things about Turkey that I want to share with you.
Turkey is a beautiful resplendent country bordered by the countries of Bulgaria, and Greece in the West, and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia in the East of Turkey. 3% of Turkey lies in Europe and 97% lies in Asia. The population of Turkey is 74.8 million people. The Capital city is Ankara and the people are called Turks. Their Religion is Muslim and their Currency is Turkish Liras. A Canadian dollar is worth one and a half Liras and a Euro is worth two Liras. The type of government is a Republican Parliamentary Democracy.
The official language spoken in Turkey is Turkish. Hello in Turkish is Merhaba. Thank you is Tesekkur Edderim. Please is Lutfen. Goodbye is Gule gule. You’re welcome is Buyrun.
The food here is the best! I will name some of my favourites:
Baclava– In my opinion, Turkey makes the best baclava in the world. It is a pastry with a soft top and bottom made of dough as thin as paper. In the middle is crushed pistachio nuts (or walnuts too). On the top is bits of pistachio crumbs while the whole pastry is drenched in Honey!
Iskendar kebab– A delicious Turkish food with bits of bread hidden at the bottom. Then they put on doner meat with melted butter and tomato sauce on top. Then you spread on sour cream, and voilà! Absolutely delicious! I don’t have a picture of this, sorry.
Bread– The bread here is amazing and cheap (for 50 Kurus a loaf). The bakeries bake lots everyday so it’s all fresh. You can buy it a few minutes after it’s baked so it’s still warm. They even have different shapes here too. There are breads in the shape of a flower with sesame seeds on top, and the regular one in the shape of an oval that has been stretched at the sides.
Doner– Everybody probably knows what a doner is! It is a wrapped sandwich in a thin white bread that has thin sliced kebab meat (chicken or lamb) with lettuce, onions and tomatoes and sour cream (Turks call this yogurt).
Gozleme– This is the Turkish pancake like a square crêpe that can have honey, melted chocolate, bananas, and butter. It’s very delicious!
Pide– This is the Turkish pizza but in a different shape. It is in the shape of a pointy ended oval. Really good!!
Pottery Kebab– This is Cappadocian food where they cook the saucy meat and vegetables in a pottery vase sealed with bread on top and thrown in the fire oven. You have to hit it with a small hammer or knife to break it open. You eat it with rice and salad. My mom and dad loved this dish!
Turkish Tea and Apple Tea– Apple tea is my favourite! We drank it everyday!
There are many historical figures that lived and come from Turkey like:
–St Peter the Apostle travelled to Turkey on his way to Rome.
-St. Paul the Roman (from Tarsus) who wrote a lot of books in the New Testament of the Bible evangelized in Turkey.
-St John the Beloved Apostle and the Blessed Virgin Mary (the mother of Jesus) lived the rest of their lives on Bul Bul Mountain near Ephesus.
-St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) was from Demre, Turkey and has a church there.
-Did you know that it is said that Noah’s Ark landed on a mountain in Turkey called Mount Ararat?
Did you know that:
That Turkey became a nation in 1923 and its first president was Kemal Ataturk.
That Turkey is the only democratic secular nation in the world with a majority of its population being of the Islamic faith?
Istanbul used to be called Constantinople and was considered the capital city of Ancient Rome in Asia.
That Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar has over 4,000 shops?
In Turkey there are a bunch of different animals like:
-Angora Goats (they have long hair)
-Turtles (sea turtles nest on the beaches in the Mediterranean and Aegean)
-Lots of different bird species (there was a bird reserve close to where we lived in Calis)
-Different types of sea and fresh water fishes
There are many Unesco World Heritage Sites in Turkey. I will name the ones we visited:
-The Historic Areas of Istanbul (like Aya Sofya)
-Goreme National Park and the Rock sites of Cappadocia
-Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization
We had many Adventures in Turkey, I will name them:
-Paragliding in Oludeniz
-Sea fishing in the Aegean Sea
-Visiting the Fish Market and Tuesday Market in Fethiye
-Swimming in the Aegean Sea
-Experiencing a Turkish Hammam
-Visiting the World Unesco Sites and lots of historical ruins
-Shopping in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
-Watching the Whirling Dervish and Turkish Folk Dancing
-Skiing in the Erendagi mountains (Dagi means mountain in Turkish)
-Swimming in Cleopatra’s Sacred Pool in Hierapolis
-Visiting the Mosque Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
-Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
-Exploring the Greek Ghost Town of Kayakoy
My Favourite Memory:
My favourite memory of Turkey is when we went paragliding in Oludeniz. It was a beautiful sunny day with only a slight breeze. We were driving up a mountain in a small army truck with a big carriage behind. There were some nice men that we were talking with. We drove up for half an hour across the twisting and winding road. When we stopped we climbed up to the very top of the mountain. The men were hauling up our bags that had the things we needed to go paragliding. We all got dressed and put on our paragliding wings. Dad flew away first. He caught the wind and flew away. Then Lucy, me, Edmund, Peter then mom. The experience was amazing. The wind made my hair fly up and the view was spectacular. We flew over a cliff and the ground dropped really far down. We were high, really high. All the cars looked smaller than little toy cars. It was hard to see the people because they were so small. We flew for half an hour then landed on the beach gently. I’ve always dreamed of flying without being in an airplane. So it was a dream come true.