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the carpet inside the Blue Mosque

We finally arrived in Istanbul at 5:35 p.m. March 2.  We were the last passengers to deplain to avoid squeezing in with the other passengers.  As always, the flight attendants who were standing by the door, bid goodbye and thanked each passenger.  And for the first time I heard how the Turks enunciate the words “goodbye” --they say, "ba- bye" instead of the usual “bye” or “goodbye.”   To me, that sounded childlike, but I don't mean the negative way.  I think it sounded very nice!

The walkways leading to the transit security section look pleasant.  I noticed that most airports have its impressive concourses except at Charles de Gaul (CDU) in Paris, France!  I just don't know now because, at that time, a renovation was on going.

sweet tea

We were walking in a slow manner, since we were not in a rush then just before we reach the security point, I saw a welcome signage.  Of course, I have to have pics there!  You know the typical 'I was here' photo.  We're only transiting to Istanbul en route to Tel Aviv, but we need to go through the security point before we can get to the boarding gate for our flight to Tel Aviv.  So we did that.  I was surprised at how many people there were during that holy hour!  This airport must be a very busy one!  Our layover at Istanbul was 5 hours 10 minutes long, but we hardly noticed the time.  We were busy walking back and forth in the same directions finding a money changer, a good place to grab a coffee and where the boarding gates are.  By the way at the food court, I saw two American franchised fast-food outlets -- Popeye’s Chicken and Burger King, I could not help, but laugh at seeing it!  (And, I don't know why I did!)  :D

At the lounge waiting to board for our flight to Tel Aviv, I scribbled some notes in my journal…

I like to observe people.

in the background is the tomb for ah...wait...I'll have to find out from the other shots I took ;-)
..their culture...I do my best to understand where they're coming.  I do my best not to judge and compare...I am not always successful, but I do my best…

My observation of the Turkish people from the very limited encounters I had with them at the airport...First, I noticed that when Turks talk, they talk loud.  They sound like they're always angry, but in actuality they are not! 

I'm not sure if "customer service" is a qualification that needs to be practiced by Turkish people at the airport regardless.  I don't think just because one is exhausted that he or she can lash out at anyone who comes for direction, or any help.  At the airport, we encountered a very rude airline ground staff, an airport employee, an employee of Sbarro fast food and a girl who works at a concession store for phone cards.

taken at one of the entrance gate of the Blue Mosque
  Of course, there are also those who are kind and accommodating like the flight attendant who kept smiling when serving meals to us at the airplane. 

The beauty of traveling is not only when we learn from the history, or culture and traditions of the places we visit.  The beauty of traveling is also when we learn to purge the bigotry in us.  We learn to adjust, place ourselves in another's shoes.  We learn not to judge, and to not stereotype people.  We learn to be more tolerant of our differences. 

AFTER THE 32-HOUR LAY OVER TO ISTANBUL:

For those who were unkind to us, I did not to take it personally!  And for those pushy "tour guides" who annoyed people, I learned to say no in a gracious way.  I know they're just trying to earn a decent living for their families.  You treat them with respect, and they will accept 'no' for an answer.  ~


 

Caliber-A says:
yes, another essence of traveling is learning to adjust, not to judge...well said May.
Posted on: Nov 11, 2015
cotton_foam says:
James: thank you for 'stopping by' and for the kind words :)
Posted on: Apr 29, 2014
rsvpme says:
Well said..well photographed !
Posted on: Apr 26, 2014
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the carpet inside the Blue Mosque
the carpet inside the Blue Mosque
sweet tea
sweet tea
in the background is the tomb for …
in the background is the tomb for…
taken at one of the entrance gate …
taken at one of the entrance gate…
thats me! He asked me to look aro…
that's me! He asked me to look ar…
one of the three control towers at…
one of the three control towers a…
awww...why cant we just visit wit…
awww...why can't we just visit wi…
concierge at Ataturk International…
concierge at Ataturk Internationa…
and of course...the I was here p…
and of course...the "I was here" …
local time and Israel time...same …
local time and Israel time...same…
one thing I like in this airport i…
one thing I like in this airport …
very pretty but I wasnt enticed  …
very pretty but I wasn't enticed …
artistic walkways at one of the ba…
artistic walkways at one of the b…
another tile/mosaic art on the gro…
another tile/mosaic art on the gr…
pretty decorative bowls
pretty decorative bowls
flags!  I saw USs but not the Phi…
flags! I saw US's but not the Ph…
Turkish delight shop
Turkish delight shop
some murals
some murals
murals
murals
murals
murals
puskal (pusang kalye) or in othe…
"puskal" (pusang kalye) or in oth…
can you see those garbage dumped o…
can you see those garbage dumped …
pastry vendor at an early morning
pastry vendor at an early morning
Istanbul
photo by: Memo