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Sunday, June 14, 2009

I went on a 10 days familiarization trip to Turkey which was sponsored by my company! :)

I think that most people have a bad impression of Turkey. Thinking that the country is dirty, people are evil, food is bad.. blah blah. But I really think that once you give a place a chance and go and experience it for yourself, you will find yourself pleasantly surprised. I think that Turkey is a very beautiful country with a rich history. 

It's also very fascinating cos it's the only country bridging Europe and Asia.. There are snow-capped moutains, beautiful landscapes and there's the beautiful Agean Sea, Black Sea & Sea of Mara Mara...
I went on the Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, saw the whirling dervishes performance, went for the Turkish Bath and cruise on the Straits of Bosphorous.

Now I can add Europe to my travel list! Haha.. Cos i've been on the European side of Istanbul.. and I can also add in Dubai, cos I've walked around Dubai International Airport twice during the transit. LOL!

What I've learnt in Turkey:

Do not smile at everyone and do not be too friendly
They will interpret that you are "easy" and leading them on to take advantage of you. Be firm, smile sparingly and do not hem haw with the men there.

Most men like plump girls
Needless to say, I was bullied incessantly by the men over there, especially at Grand Bazaar. They kept trying to touch me on the pretext that I am cold and I need a hug and a kiss from them.. Like huh? It's 30degrees lah! Where got cold??? One man even knelt in front of me, hugged my knees and refused to let go.. kept on kissing my hands and fingers. I was sooooooooooooo traumatized, I ran out of the Grand Bazaar and sat at a cafe till the stipulated meeting time.

Lentil Soup is THE soup
Every meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner.. you will see Lentil Soup, Lentil Soup and more Lentil Soup... it taste so powdery and weird.. Bring your own instant Mushroom Campell Soup like me and you won't go mad - unless you like Lentil Soup

It's really hot as it's summer now in Turkey and I became really tanned even though I put a lot of sunblock lotion. :( My trainer and the local guide + driver are all very nice to me and I had lots of freebies! Well, my trainer said it's because the local guide looks me as I am plump. -__- Dunno if I should be happy that I am so well received over there. Hur hur.

Below are some of the pictures from my trip! :)