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             AT A GLANCE

              EVERY landscape of Turkey forms the backdrop and context for people
             and events, with perhaps the most thrilling aspect of travelling the ability to
             become an active participant in this landscape.

             As in all human interactions the basis is one of equality in the roles of host
             and guest. This defining mutual respect and a shared sense of responsibility
             as the guiding principle in an adventure where the parties involved are, by
             definition, different in their outlook and way of life. When Turks entered the     Turkish people
             tourism arena- that was not so long ago-, they were armed with a tradition
             of hospitality rather than sophisticated facilities or a mentality for providing   welcomes you
                                                                                                with sincerity
             Although Turkey now has an excellent tourism infrastructure, the motivation
                                                                                                and courtesy.
             of most Turks remains one of sincerity and courtesy. The desire of Turks to
             feel understood and valued, to communicate and learn about people from
             other lands is a much more important motivation. Interpret their enthusiasm
             to interact with you from this perspective. They prefer to make long-term
             acquaintances by spending time together, exchanging cards, letters and gifts
             rather than receive payment or large tips for any help granted. This attitude
             may change as the tourism industry develops further in the coming decades,
             and much still depends on the visitors, but for now the sweetness of the
             Turkish people is unspoiled.

             Here are some tips about social graces and conduct which may be
             useful in interpreting the goings-on around you, helping you to enjoy
             your participation in this social landscape even more. Greetings involving
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