I wanted to do some more posting on culture -- different cultures, especially a comparison of Turkish and American. I know that years from now, I will have trouble remembering my life in this country. And I don't want to forget.
I found a great website that listed culture breakdown by country. And this past Thursday, I presented the findings, highlighting the ones I thought most appropriate -- especially the ones that stuck out the most to me after two years abroad.
Today, I present the Turkish findings. I asked my friend Rana to read these and she had me change a few of them, but overall she said, they were very accurate. You'll notice, they answer the same questions as the American post. But the answers are, usually different.
So while all of these will not apply to all Turks, and there will be exceptions, generally, here are the things that are basically true of all Turks. I have highlighted the ones that have really started sticking out to me even more during my two years in Turkey.
If you're Turkish ...