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Turkey: Istanbul, Ankara, Konya

Journal Entry: Tue May 11, 2010, 7:14 PM
Well, looks like i am set to go to Turkey with my wife, kid, my mom and mom in law. I have never been though it's my father country. I am looking the most forward to visiting all the  religious sites obviously, but i am sure to have my fair share of good food too.

When i was in Egypt and i heard the call to prayer, I really for once felt like I was fully accepted where I was. I didn't have to hide the fact I'm muslim, or excuse myself to pray under some pretext. Everyone there  was going to pray too, at least in Egypt thats how it was. I am hoping for the same in Turkey and there are no shortages of mosques either.

Not sure how many of you live in Istanbul, but if i could i would love to meet some of my fans there since it is a very rare occassion for me to be going.

I often wonder how long it will be till i move away altogether to another country. I really liked Egypt a lot, so lets see what Turkey is like.

If one of you lives in Turkey or has been , please offer me some useful advice, i will be staying very very close to the blue mosque / Sultan Ahmet mosque in the old town. In Ankara, i will be staying downtown. We will be in Konya for one day and then back to Istanbul before we leave.

This is the first vacation for me in years, a little break before con season...


I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.


Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!



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:iconrokachet:
rokachet Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
i'm glad u r muslim,and i wish one day meet u to be my teacher,i'm always looking 4 your works...
have a nice trip,turkey is like Egypt.

salam
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist
Ooh, I'd love to go to Turkey. Only been to Ephesus on a day trip from Greece.

Have a fantastic trip, I'm sure it's like Eqypt, you don't have to hide your faith. :D Although, I find you feeling you have to hide your Islam faith disturbing. So much for 'tolerance'.
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sevennie Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
waalaikum salam warohmatullahi wabarakatuh
i feel lucky that i dont have to hide this in my country
have a really nice and amazing trip
:)
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:iconwishmaster6:
wishmaster6 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
selammmmmm.have fun.i bet you ll defineatly
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:iconyamchakun:
yamchakun Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have a nice trip in my country Omar ^^
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Ruisufueripe Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Looks like we always have something to learn about someone
Have a nice/safe trip
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy travels!
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ChristianPrime1-Bot Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wishing you a very good & Safe journey. :wave:
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griaf Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Interface Designer
Welcome : )
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Crashtefano Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Good luck
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xUnDeRdOgx Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
my homeland is turkey (konya) but i do live in germany. if im in turkey
im just in konya and thats boring for a long time (5-6 weeks) but konya is
beautiful and for the women a paradise, cuz of the markets. ^^ if u want to
see religious sites there is a mosque called mevlana and the sage whom grave
is in the mosque is called mevlana. he has over 40k poems. and sage ppl said that
his poems alone could make some1 a muslin. such wise words he has written.
if u want to see more religious sites u will see many in istanbul, cuz back then
during ottoman empire the sultans have brought many things to istanbul. u will see
if u visit the "topkapi Sarayi" mosque. i wish u fun. have a nice time.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Definitely going to see Mevlana Rumi.
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xUnDeRdOgx Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
^^ again have a nice vacation.
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:icongendibal:
Gendibal Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Are you still in Turkey? I would love to take a fellow artist to dinner if you are still in Istanbul.
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:iconomar-dogan:
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ill be in SultanAhmet right by the mosque. Im already trying to meet up with people there on my free time when Im not touring.

I got a texting package for my phone and some minutes.
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dreamblack Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Hi Omer, you must see Bursa, its first Capital of Ottoman Empires, and old city. İ think you'll fall in love to Istanbul, because, if world to be one country, İstanbul has been capital of the world.

I live in Bursa, if you come here, send mail me... have a nice vacation...
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Sostrate Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Oh it's definitely different to be in a country with mosques that calls for prayers.
I remember visiting Algeria and everytime it was time for a prayer you could hear them echoe through the city, like it was a normal thing.Like myando said "I feel a sense of good and peace come over me even though I'm not Muslim". Here in Sweden you only hear the churchbells now and then, but I don't think one will ever be willing to let mosques have their shoutouts.

I've never been in Turkey but please do enjoy it! I bet it's lovely.
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Kamo-Mille Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I lived in Istanbul for 6 years. :) My mother is Turkish, so I understand your feelings about Turkey. I really recommend the Kanyon shopping mall (in istanbul), the cinema is in the huge sphere. (which is impossible to miss. ahahaha) You may even get some inspiration for your work. ^_^ Have fun!
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lethalhate Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Hoşgelirsin. :D
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:iconomegadez:
OmegaDez Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Enjoy yourself on this vacation, Omar!
And if you ever see a huge, red skinned man there with a barrel of oil, run for your life. :)
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Sabberkind Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
My father country is also Turkey but I live in Germany.
I think you'll enjoy your visit in Turkey with your family.
There are a lot of sights you can visit. Though I wasn't able to visit them I know of them 'cause I always wanted to visit them. We fly to Turkey all the time but only to visit the relatives of my father in a city called Nigde. So I didn't really had the chance to visit that much of Turkey. But I hope you'll be able to.

First Istanbul: you can go shopping there. It's really great. You have to visit Mavi Jeans! I even saw a Mavi Store in New York City once.
Then there is "Kiz Kalesi" (girls castle, I think). It's great there. Everyone says it was good. It's a tower placed in the sea. I bet it has a great view and there is also a story about it that I don't know though.
And of course in Istanbul there are gorgeous mosques. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. You have to pay them a visit. And as a muslim you really really have to pay them a visit. If you stay near enough you might even pray there regularly. Btw everywhere in Turkey are mosques with minarets. So you'll be able to listen to the sound of arabian verses five times a day. You're really lucky and you'll definetly be accepted as a muslim. Most of the people there are muslims.
I bet in Istanbul's much more.. (Taksim for partying and I dunno I don't know about that).

In Konya there is also a well known mosque. You might want to visit it. Next to it (It's in the same place as the mosque) there is the Mevlana Museum. Mevlana is a very important part of the turkish muslim culture. I wonder if you can watch how the men dance. I don't know what it is called in English but they move in a special way and that's nice to watch. But I really don't know when they do it.
Anyway I bet you'll really like it in Turkey.
I wish you a lot of fun and good experiences.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for that and yes i will be down the street from Sultan Ahmet Cami, so i intend to pray all my namaz at the time of prayer in jammat.

Thanks for the advice!
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Kaiazes Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's a fascinating area of the world to visit. I hope you see a lot of cool and interesting things over there.
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aeues Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm chinese looking muslim, we aren't that plenty, sometime Indian muslim where I live feel odd about me... we need more info and be more connected! XD

Have fun and photos! :dance:
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
In China there are over 50 million Muslims since 1300 years. Indonesia is the largest Muslim state with over 200 million, so there are many in the world who are oriental asian, dont forget Malaysia too.

I want to see Malaysia next if I can....
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Virus-AC Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
XD

yeah you should come to my country...next^^
have a great vacation!
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Teakster Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I was goint to write some stuff here but I going to send you a note instead. This is because it is too much too write here.

I don't live in Turkey but it is a list of things that you need to check out that my friends came up for ....check your inbox!!! :)

(Erm...Soon-ish)
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NakadaiShimada Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Turkey is beautiful and Ankara is a stunning city. I hope you enjoy it as much as you sound like you're going to!
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cyberjini Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Istanbul seems like a living historical ocean.
My offer: Come and discover it.

Istanbul'dan selamlar!
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MartynSnake Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
You will love Sultan Ahmet. I know cause i live in İstanbul now. You do not need advice for İstanbul because there are so many tourist agencies,hotels etc. around. And we are very friendly to our guests. You can not find any historical places on Ankara but Konya is great. Especially there is a place called "Fairy Chimneys" on Nevşehir (200km to Konya) that you can see it only on Turkey. For the one last advice, go see Aegean Coast. There are so many old Greek Architectural places around and awesome beaches too...
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SHEITANDesign Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I would recommend living in konya konya, and I'm very happy because I get mevlana get places on the city, 'and;)
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:iconomar-dogan:
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Just the fact Mevlana is there makes it great.
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EmiliaPaw5 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Enjoy your trip, you deserve a good relaxing rest, I'm jealous ;P
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Zaib-Atsu Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in Ankara, but if you are seeking historical things, you wont see much here :)
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:iconwishmaster6:
wishmaster6 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
yes he is right :D
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SerkanH Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Wellcome to my country.Allah watch over you.
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buka-limon Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   General Artist
Welcome :)
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StriderSyd Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
If you can.....take a photo of anyone that really looks like Hakan, (or at least a regular Turkish wrestler) and post it.
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:iconwishmaster6:
wishmaster6 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
ahahah :d i m turkish but sorry i never seen a guy like hakan :D our he is a bit overstatement for a oil wrestler.
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:iconstridersyd:
StriderSyd Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Just curious.
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MIYOart Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I've been to Turkey :)it's lovely and they do call to prayer =D I loved that even though I'm not a muslim. I hope you'll have a good time : D
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minionsultd Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Bon Voyage! Be safe, enjoy yourself and Godspeed!
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turbosuo Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
I wish religious freedom in the country was truly freedom and could be equated with acceptance. I am of the belief that our spirituality is one of our connections to each other. The only difference is really just in the details. We shouldn't bat an eye at a Muslim who is praying, or a Buddhist monk who is wearing saffron robes. It should be like seeing some one eating in public(enjoyment of good food being one of the only other universals) No one notices, no one cares. It just is. I am sorry that you have to go elsewhere to feel that freedom and connectivity.

But man am I jealous. I have ALWAYS wanted to see Byzantium....er Constantinople.....er Kostantiniyye....er Istanbul. XD Crazy thing is I left out like 20 other names. >_> And I would love to try some Turkish foods. Have fun on your trip!
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xUnDeRdOgx Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
turkish food is yummy but as fatty as hell. ^^
(no offense im turkish.. -.-)
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:icondegreehan:
degreehan Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Istanbul? Not Constantinople?
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:iconfinwe:
finwe Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
And i am sure Istanbul had many other names before it was once Constantinople.
These lands have seen countless nations all over human history for thousands of years.
Nobody has a right to say it is not Istanbul, nor Istanul not belongs to Turks.
Be the man of your planet.
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:icondegreehan:
degreehan Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
... That doesn't rhyme at all.
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GrubLord Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Nobody's business but the Turks' :P
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venomaxxx Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
awesome.
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MartynSnake Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
It was Constantinople before Ottoman Empire conquers East Roman Empire in 1453. For the last 557 years it is Istanbul and never changed. Only the people dislikes Turks call it Constantinople.
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