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May 11, 2010



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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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.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Definitely going to see Mevlana Rumi.
xUnDeRdOgx Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
^^ again have a nice vacation.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
lethalhate Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Hoşgelirsin. :D
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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