Travelling in the Turkey


The Turkish hospitality is proverbial. Many travelers to Turkey have probably already learned what the phrase Misafir gelir, dost gider means (A guest comes, a friend leaves) means. It may be that the young man, whom one asks for the way to the museum, not only leads one, but also buys the tickets. Or you simply get the delicious grapes, the huge peaches you admire. Or even that the roadside assistance for the striking car ends in an invitation to dinner, and then, if the vehicle is still not repaired, a night camp may be offered the marriage bed, while the hosts sleep on the sofa.

In the face of such evidences of hospitality, travelers usually feel helpless: should they give money? But that might be an insult. Certainly a gift would be a fitting or a counter invitation. Or at least a greeting, a postcard from Germany, any sign that the affection was understood. Sometimes such spontaneous encounters have developed a lasting friendship with mutual visits for years. Protecting and honoring the guest, on the one hand, goes back to the customs and legal concepts of the nomadic peoples, where in the midst of a threatening environment the guest of a tent enjoyed freedom and security and on the other hand is prescribed in Islam. The Prophet'Mohammed said: "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day deserves to honor his guest."

However, whether the Turks can still meet so warmly, helpful and unpredictable individual guests, if the tourist numbers continue to rise as in recent years, one will ask. Or whether not rather the Yabana, the stranger, especially in the strongholds of mass tourism, is regarded only as a currency-bringer, which one wants to cup as much as possible.

Because tourists are rich people. They have expensive cars, fantastic motorhomes, the latest surfing equipment and Photoü or movie cameras with all accessories. And they say for themselves that in Turkey everything is so cheap: the overnight stay and the food, the leather clothes, the gold and silver jewelery, the kilims and the carpets. Should not one take a little consideration of their price expectations?

As a result, tourism is pushing up prices, much to the chagrin of the holidaymakers who are less and less able to afford a stay in a hotel or a restaurant.