Self-Taught Correspondent in Turkey

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I imagine myself to be a historian, a geographer, Home Secretary and a businessman. It’s my way to warm up before setting off to an unknown country. Basically, it means a little research about the place that might help prevent misunderstandings. Unless you’ re the type that really do their best to piss someone off, a tiny homework and knowledge of other’s cultural background can save you from possible conflicts.

No matter how exotic the country is, you never know what might insult locals. For example, to avoid a possible argue with an Estonian, it’s better not to ask what’s it like in Eastern Europe or if Russian is their first language. Getting a closer look at the history will tell you why. But this time it’s about Turkey.

So, what’s your story, Turkey?

When I first told people I’m planning to fly to Turkey, they mostly got slightly frightened and seemed rather worried about the safety issues. Partly, this is what drags my there; to see it with my own eyes if it really is that alarming there as the media tries to make us believe. True, I’ll leave the Syrian boarders to another time, but I couldn’t agree more with Franklin D. Roosevelt who said:
‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’.
Safety first, I registred my travel on the website of foreign office. They reccommend to avoid the fifth most crowded city in the world- Istanbul and Ankara that by number of inhabitants is as big as Finland. In crowded places, public transport and events it’s best to activate your hawk eyes and be superstitous about everything. And visit Sotheastern Turkey, where you can wave to neighbouring Syria, in a more peaceful time.
Foreign Ministry ( www.vm.ee/et/riigid/turgi) also writes about relatively low risk of pickpocketing, earthquacke danger and that an Estonian citizen is allowed to enter Turkey without visa, but has to carry a pasport that is valid atleast six months after the travel.

My previous knowledge about Turkey was honestly not quite enough to participate in a quiz show. Thanks to gifts from friends I was acquainted with colourful scarfs and sweet halvah. Moreover, all of the Five Turks I’ve had an honour to meet, are very friendly and warm people.
While preparing for travel I discovered that there’s regrettably little information about Turkey in my mothertounge available online. No wonder people sense that far country kind of scary: people are afraid of the unknown. For more information I read a Turkey travel quide from 2008 by Suzanne Swan and to get a hint of culture I collected every book, that seemed to be relevant, I found at home.
So I read myself bedtime stories from ‘1001 nights’ and gasped at wonderful pictures in ‘Islam Art and Architecture’. I even downloaded a free Turkish audio course, hoping to widen my vocabluary which so far consisted of no more than five expressions. Now I can proudly call my grandmother by the Turkish word büyükanne.

What did the books teach me?
You might think you’ve learned it all: always good to freshen your memory. But maybe the only turkey you’ve met was lying unconcious on your Christmas table: don’t worry, just keep on reading…
Turkey hides a piece of Europe, Asia and Middle-East that, jumping ahead, makes me imagine how rich the culture must be. In Istanbul, that is often mistakely thought to be the capital city, one can walk from Europe to Asia by crossing a bridge; something that sounds so special that deserves a respectable place on my travel dream list. Called by the name of Constantinople until 1930, Istanbul lost its’ capital city status to Ankara which is located in area named Antolia. That took place after World War I when the Republic of Turkey had its’ very first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. He’s titled ‘Father of the Turks’ and during his administration, thousands of new schools were built, women got more rights in politics and society and Turkey was changed a lot more European. For example, arabic was replaced with latin alphabet, clothing changed and religion was separated from the government. 99,8% of the population are muslims.
Before Atatürk’s leadership, the Osman Empire lead the country. First signs of human on Turkish territory date back to year 20 000 BC.

This was a small piece of my pre-departure warm up that hopefully comes handy when I’ve finally landed in Turkey. Now all I have to do is deal with an excitement to taste those juicy Turkish dates and exchange euros to Turkish lira for trading on carpet markets.

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Isehakanud korrespondent Türgis

Väärarusaamadest hoidumiseks tasub enne tundmatusse paika reisimist kujutleda end vähemalt ajaloolaseks, geoloogiks, siseministriks ja ärimeheks. Sisuliselt tähendab see kohaliku elu uurimist ja väikest eeltööd. Kui eesmärk pole just sekeldustesse sattuda ja tüli norida, võib väike taustauuring ja kultuuri mõistmine päästa võimalikest konfliktidest.

See kehtib minu arvates iga riigi ja rahva puhul. Näiteks ei kannata paljud eestlased, kui välismaalased neid venelaste või Ida-Euroopa rahvusena võtavad. Ajalukku süüvides on mõistetav, miks.

Niisiis, Türgi, mis on Sinu lugu?

Minu ideed Türki sõita saatis enamjaolt kerge ehmatus ja hoiatus praeguse äreva sisekliima eest. Osaliselt see mind sinna tõmbabki; näha, kas elu Türgis on nii pingeline, kui meedias paistab. Tõsi, Süüria piirialad jätan seekord külastamata, kuid nõustun Franklin D. Rooseveltiga, et ainus, mida peame kartma on hirm ise.
Turvalisus ennekõike, registreerisin reisiaja välisministeeriumi kodulehel. Tähelepanuks on terrorismiohu tõttu soovitatud hoiduda üle 14 miljoni elanikuga Istanbulist ja rahvaarvult Soome mõõtu Ankarast. Rahvarohketel üritustel, ühistranspordis ja turgudel on parem aktiveerida oma kullisilmad ja Kagu-Türki, kus võib lehvitada naaberriik Süüriale, võiks minna pisut rahulikumalt ajal.
Välisministeerium (www.vm.ee/et/riigid/turgi) kirjutab ka vähelevinud tänavakuritegevusest ja maavärina ohust ning teatab, et Eesti kodanik võib Türgis viisavabalt reisida kuni 90 päeva, kuid pass peab kehtima veel pool aastat pärast reisi.

Mu varasemad teadmised Türgi kohta ei olnud just mälumängu väärilised. Tänu sõprade suveniiridele olin kokku puutunud kirevate sallide ja magusa halvaaga ning kõik viis türklast, keda tunnen, on äärmiselt sõbralikud ja soojad inimesed.
Ettevalmistusi tehes avastasin, et Türgi kohta on eestikeelses Vikipeedias kahetsusväärselt vähe informatsiooni. Pole ime, et mõned inimesesed tajuvad seda kauget maad kuidagi kõhedalt: teadmatus tekitab inimestes hirmu. Sisukamat materjali leiab Suzanne Swani 2008.a „Türgi” reisijuhist. Kultuurist aimu saamiseks vaatasin läbi kõik vähegi relevantsed teosed, mis kodust leidsin, muinasjutu kogumiku „Tuhat üks ööd” ja sisutiheda „Islam kunst ja arhitektuur”, ning isegi laadisin alla tasuta türgi keele audiokursuse. Loodan reisi jooksul oma mõne väljendiga piirduvat sõnavara täiendada. Nii kaua hiilgan teadmisega, et „vanaema” türgikeelne vaste on büyükanne.

Mida uut ma raamatutest kokkuvõtvalt õppisin?
Türgis on killuke nii Euroopast, Aasiast kui ka Lähis-Idast, mis etteruttavalt lubab aimata, kui kirev on sealne kultuur. Tihti ekslikult pealinnaks peetud Istanbulis võib üle silla Euroopast Aasiasse kõndida; see kõlab nii eriliselt, et saab väärika koha mu reisiunelmate nimekirjas. 1930. aastani Konstantinoopolina tuntud suurlinn kaotas oma pealinna staatuse Anatoolias asuvale Ankarale pärast esimest maailmasõda. Sel ajal oli Türgi Vabariigil esimene president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, keda kutsutakse kõikide türklaste isaks.
Tema valitsusajal ehitati tuhandeid uusi koole, naised said rohkem õigusi poliitikas ja ühiskonnas ning Türgi muudeti tunduvalt Euroopalikumaks. Näiteks võeti kasutusele ladina tähestik, muutus riietus ja usk löödi riigist lahku. Valdav enamus, 99,8% elanikest, on islamiusulised.
Enne Atatürki tähelendu valitses Türgis sajandeid Osmanite impeerium. Inimesi oli Türgi aladel aga juba 20 000 aastat eKr.

See on osake reisieelsest uurimisest. Loodetavasti tuleb see info tegelikul avastusretkel kasuks. Nüüd olen lennuks valmis, kibelen juba sööma Türgi datleid ja kogun vaibaturul kauplemiseks liire.

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