I’m hoping to tell anyone who cares all about Turkey. It was a great trip. Istanbul is even cooler than you’ve heard. I’ve got some pix here (they start after my 3rd day there, when I got a new cheap camera after realizing mine was screwed).
Lots of contradictions there. It’s a fairly progressive country in some ways, such as its insistence on being secular, even though about 98% of the residents are Muslim. Interestingly, women are forbidden from wearing head coverings in universities. It’s a strange rule that means a restriction of a freedom that many of us might see as a symbol of restriction. Confusing. And, it’s illegal to insult Ataturk or “Turkishness.” That’s probably why a visit to YouTube from there gets you this message:
Still, I learned a lot there, and I am eager to go back. Tesekkur ederim, Turks!