21 signs you've been in Turkey too long

How many of these Turkish customs have made their way into your life?

shoes by the door

1. You take your shoes off without thinking whenever you enter a house.

You might even bring your own slippers with you.

Turkish shopkeeper

2. You know the names of every shopkeeper in your local area.

… and they know everything about you, including your shoe size and your children’s birthdays.

serenity in traffic

3. The honking of horns is no longer an irritant.

Now, it’s simply background noise.

clock late

4. You’ve stopped looking at the clock

No one else pays attention to the time here, why should you?

Ataturk portrait

5. You are no longer surprised to see portraits of Ataturk wherever you go

In fact, you’ll only notice when you don’t see one in someone’s home.

tripe soup iskembe corbasi

6. When hungover, you eschew a fry up in favour of tripe soup.

What?! Iskembe Corbasi really seems to do the trick. 

7. You ask for a discount when buying anything.

Anything from electrical goods to fruit.

8. You have at least one evil eye in your home

Everyone knows the nazar boncugu wards off bad luck.

Addicted to tea

9. You’re addicted to cay (tea).

If you have less than three cups a day you start to feel a little funny.

10 ...and you drink it when it’s 30 degrees outside.

Drinking hot drinks to stay cool is just common sense.

11. You’ve stopped hearing the call to prayer

Like car horns, it’s just background noise now.

12. You’re no longer scared to cross the street, insane traffic or not.

Waiting for the lights to change is for tourists.


13. You queue jump like a pro, and don’t complain about others who do the same.

Waiting at the back of the queue is for tourists.

Kissing in Turkey

14. You kiss absolutely everyone.

Men, women, old people, young people, the bank teller.

Turkish yogurt

15. You accept certain truths about food:

Soup for breakfast, yogurt with absolutely everything, and of course, cheese and olives for breakfast.

moustache turkey

16. You’ve grown a non-ironic moustache.

And if you haven’t, you’re thinking about cultivating one.

Turkish elders

17. You’ve started calling older people “aunt” and “uncle”.

...and they’ve started to call you cocugum.

wet hamburger turkey

18. You grab a wet hamburger (islak) on your way home from a night out.

The most satisfying 2 Lira meal ever.

19. You turn a blind eye to traffic driving on the wrong side of the road.

Or motorcyclists without a helmet.

20. You say “allah, allah” when exasperated.

And you’ve learned a host of strange expressions

21. You're addicted to Turkish soap operas.

Murder, mystery and intrigue - what's not to like?


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