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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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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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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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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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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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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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degreehan Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Istanbul? Not Constantinople?
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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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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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mynando Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I couldn't picture prayer calls throughout cities in the west...at least not just yet. The majority of the people are still ignorant and intolerant and won't allow it.

Whenever I hear the prayer calls throughout Cairo, I feel a sense of good and peace come over me even though I'm not Muslim.

Let us know if you're going to Cairo. Imma treat you to da best Arabic restaurant E.V.A.R.!

God bless and have an amazing experience in Turkiye.
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OmegaDez Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
In due respect, sir, I really don't think not having prayer calls in the west has anything to do with ignorance and intolerance.
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soneraktas Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Owww gel abi muğlayada uğra marmaris bodrum yap.

Hoşgelirsin :D.
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seipherzero Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you have a pleasant vacation Omar! Will you be visiting the Hagia Sophia? It's one place I would definitely like to see in my lifetime ;].
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blaqueandstuff Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you have fun! I loved visiting Istanbul when I went. Make sure to check out some of the bazaars while you are about too, they're a fun experience. And a lot of the museams too, like the one near the Blue Mosque and a ferry on the Bosphorous should be fun.

Kind of jealous. Hope you enjoy!

And stuff.
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Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, sounds like quite an experience. :D Hopefully Turkey will be equally as good a trip.
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Shoji-Ikari Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh, my grandfather was from there. That's interesting! Have fun
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Nickle4aPickle Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip! :wave:
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
quite a bit! your work is among the greatest from those who work in Udon! have fun!
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Robaato Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's TIME to OIILLLL UP! Hehe...

Seriously though, have a great trip Omar and I pray you guys will be safe. :)
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olafredland Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
...looks like its time to oil up?
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Avielsusej Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hope you have a nice trip, sure it sounds like an interesting place. I met a muslim guy at highschool... He had to pray a certain time in the day and everyone laughed, i don't find it funny at all, it bothers me that people see it as something weird. Im catholic, and I wonder why people can't be tolerant or respectful at times
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NazReigN Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student Photographer
hw i hope most people with diff religion than muslim are like u..u are a good person
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"I didn't have to hide the fact I'm muslim, or excuse myself to pray under some pretext."

This...bothers me. Not that you are Muslim, but that you genuinely feel that you must hide your faith. I mean, nobody should have to do that, period. No matter where they call home. Period. It's just a crying shame.


Still, I hope you have fun in Turkey.
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Yazzy Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I agree with that...why should you hide that you're Muslim?
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the fact that people feel like they should hide their religion speaks *volumes* about the so-called 'religious tolerance' in the western world...
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