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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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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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