Rome Travel Notes – esrageziyor


After living in Italy for a while, I try to blend all my articles about Italy with some good knowledge, but when starting the Roman writing, I feel like I never wrote a blog post. Rome fascinates me every time, but I start without knowing how the sentences will be sufficient in how I will describe it in writing language.

In this article, I have included all the details as much as possible when you go to Rome, what to eat, how to get there, where to stay, what tips to make your travel easier.

For sightseeing, for sightseeing “Places to Visit in Rome” You can look at the article, I detailed it in a separate title.

Rome is the capital of Italy. It is also the capital of the Lazio region and the city of Rome. As a city of 2800 years, Rome is the most populous city in Italy and its population is approximately 4 million. In their conversations, Italians generally consider the part they qualify as true Italy as Rome and above. Rome is so rich in history that it is not possible to ignore it, but it is interesting that they always describe the North as true Italians.

Let them think so, the city is like an open-air museum, but also the Vatican, an independent country in which the spiritual leader of the Catholics lived, the Pope. Despite all the wars in its time, Rome, with its structures still living for hundreds of years; It is one of the cities that millions of tourists visit every year and shows that this popularity is not wasted at all.

Rome Travel Notes

Via Giulia, Rome

GENERAL INFORMATION

Visa:Italy for Bordeaux passport holders Schengen visa wants. The official intermediary institution, Idata, for the Italian visa, there’s You can review the details.

Location: Rome is located in the middle of Italy, between the Tiber and Aniane rivers, close to the Mediterranean.

Native language:The main language in Italy is Italian. You can easily understand English in touristic areas, even though they sometimes have difficulty in understanding their English, as they are usually read as written.

Currency unit:Since Italy is a country in the Schengen region, Euros are used everywhere.

Ideal Days:I believe that you should devote at least 3 full days to Rome. I am sure that if you increase the days, you can still find places to see.

Which Season to Go:Although it is always a beautiful city, it is very hot and crowded in summer, if possible, do not plan your trip to summer. It won’t be bad, but if you are going to go, I recommend you to be in your hotel with air conditioning in your room at noon to avoid hot weather. Apart from that, the best times are spring months. Spring and Autumn are very beautiful and warm in this city. The winter months are not too cold, but the chance of rain is high. Whenever you go, the city will definitely be alive and crowded! By the way, I should add that August is a month when almost all of Italy and Italians go on holiday, so even some restaurants can be closed for a long time.

Telephone line:If you are going to get a telephone line for internet or calls during your travel in Italy, I have 2 suggestions; First Vodafone Turkey calls and 40 minutes including internet + 25GB sim card fee for the first month with Italy next months € 10 € 25 minutes inside. The other is the economic option Iliad, which I have not tried, although the quality of the shot is said to be poor in some places. 50gb internet, I do not know the minutes, but the first month is 17 € for the sim card fee, 7 € for the following months. When buying a phone line, you have to say “PrePaid “that is, it is from the prepaid lines in us. At the same time, even if I don’t know the details, you can look at Wind and TİM brands. (Your passport is enough for Vodafone, I don’t know the others)

Official Holidays:If you are going to be in Rome on one of the dates written here, some places like museums or churches that you want to visit may be closed or be free, I suggest you check before you go.

January 1-New Year
January 6 – The Birth of Jesus
Easter Monday – first Monday after Easter (happening in April)
April 25 – Independence Day
May 1st – Labor Day
June 2 – Republic Day
August 15 – Ferragosto
November 1 – Saints’ Day
December 8 – A Feast for a Sinless Birth
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day

Spanish Square, Rome


TRANSPORTATION

Transportation from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the City Center

Train: with Leonardo Express direct as from Rome airport – to Roma Termini train station In 32 minutes You can reach. Of this train one way fee 14 € uro and every 15 minutes. The first time from Roma Termini is at 05.35 and the last time is at 22.35. The first train time from Rome airport is 06.08 and the last train time is 23.23.

If you do not go directly with Leonardo Express, you can go directly to Termini station by paying 8 € uro in 51 minutes. If you have time, the transfer will not be difficult because you are changing trains only at the same stop.

All train services from here You can look at. Just search for “Fiumicino Aeroporto” at the departure stop and “Roma Termini” at the arrival stop.

Bus:If you are going to take a bus, which is more affordable but will take longer, you can buy a ticket from one of these companies; Flixbus, Sitbus Shuttle, TerraVision. To reach the city center, Roma Termini station by bus is also possible for each company. average 6 € and travel times 45 – 70 minutes ranging from. It is also possible to purchase tickets from the bus companies’ websites.

Taxi & Transfer: If you are going to take a taxi or private transfer, their prices are around 45 € -50 €. You can also get a quote for the transfer price from the hotel you will stay.

Tiber River, Rome

Rome City Transportation

Since walking is the best way to discover cities, Rome is one of the cities that fits this definition the most. As you walk, you can see a hundred-year-old column in this city, which is not on the account, and you can find sweet Vespas parked in the streets and Fiat 500s with black plates.

If you see a car with a black license plate, know that it is still the first owner and original.

Still valid for all public transport (bus, metro, tram…) vehicles when you need public transport one way ticket 1.5 € and you need to have it confirmed before the first boarding. After validating (validating), the ticket is valid for 100 minutes and you can transfer.

The 24-hour public transport ticket in the city is 7 € uro, the 48-hour ticket is 12.5 € uro and the 72-hour ticket is 18 € uro. You have to validate these tickets and your hours start from the moment you validate. You can buy tickets from metro stations, automatic ticket machines, ATAC stations and authorized (usually Tabacchi writers on the signs) sales points. For detailed examination and more here You can look at.

* Please note that these tickets are not valid for airport transportation.

In Rome, both for public transportation and for walking Google Maps you can use it, it is one of the applications that works just fine. The part that Google Maps lists public transports is very useful, especially when you are wondering how to go anywhere you want to go by public transport! I should remind you that you can not use without internet, but if you will need public transport frequently, you can travel very very easily if you buy daily tickets and make sure you have internet.

Rome City Map, Rome Metro Map and illustration maps that you can download and use on your phone on my Pinterest page I gathered together.

Campo di Fiori, Rome


ACCOMMODATION

Perhaps one of the most mind-blowing points when planning a trip to Rome will be accommodation but not. No way, because there are so many options in the central parts that if you found a place in one of the regions I shared, it is enough to make your reservation.

I have suggestions for central places considering that you will walk Rome on foot. I guess it would not be wrong to say that if I say the central part of the places to see and see within the rectangle surrounded by Termini train station, Spanish Steps, Navona Square and Colosseum. So staying somewhere near Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain will help you discover this city on foot. (Look at the locations I said on the map and pay attention to the proximity of the places you choose to stay in by walking to this area)

If you want to find an affordable but centrally located accommodation, you can look at Termini and its surroundings. As it is a more immigrant region, it is generally known as a region where you should pay more attention to security, but if you find a place with good comments and you can choose it. Here, too, you have a lot of options for transportation, but it is not a walkable distance.

Most hotels in Rome are not famous for their money, remember this.

Other regions that are central are; Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square), Piazza Barberini and Via Del Corso.

On our first trip to Rome, we stayed at Via Del Corso in August, making a point-by-point selection. Our hotel, which was very convenient at the time, has now reached Roman standards, but since it still has good reviews, here I’m leaving.

Next time, I stayed in a very central Airbnb house. It is possible to find very beautiful Airbnb houses, some of which have exquisite views, near the places I have already written. One time here and once here I left your links for you to browse for our stay.

If you are considering using Airbnb to stay on the trip or buy experience from this link As a member, you can get a discount loan of 223 TL.

La Casa Del Caffe Tazza D’oro, Rome


AVERAGE PRICES

I think Italy is neither too expensive nor too cheap among European cities. Of course, it is always possible to find much more affordable prices in the local areas of Southern Italy and most cities, but in cities as popular as Rome, everything can be expensive if you don’t study well. So don’t forget to mark the restaurants that fit your budget before you go.

Accommodation: We can say the average of hostel per person is 20 € uro. It is possible to find a nice hotel or Airbnb in the average of 100 € uro.

Coffee -1 € uro at the bar but if you sit down you can drink 3 €

Beer – ranging from € 2 to € 5

Sandwich – possible to find between 3 € and 5 €

Slice pizza – between 1 € – 4 €

Eating at the restaurant – You can think of the average per person as 15 € -20 €

Dessert – 3 € – 5 €

You don’t have to pay for water in Rome because you can drink water from all fountains, it’s free and clean.

If you are planning an economical, low-budget trip, you can already mark the following markets in almost every part of the city on your map; Coop, Pam Local, Carrefour / Carrefour Express. If you find Lidl, it will be the most economical. And the bigger the market, the more likely it is to find affordable products. At the same time, some of these markets have sections where you can take your ready meal and heat it in the microwave.

It is frequently found in markets, especially in Carrefour, and packed 2 € Focaccia are both savior and delicious.

There are 2 markets in Roma Termini train station; Coop and Mercato Centrale Roma. These can also work for you.

Pizza Ai Marmi, Rome


EAT

If Italy means pizza, pasta and seafood; It is certain that you can find very nice options in Rome. There is one thing you need to be careful about while eating in Italy. coperto! Coperto means couverture fee and usually 2 € -3 €, I have seen up to 4 € in many touristic places. Whether you sit and drink coffee or eat, the coperto fee determined by the restaurant / cafe will be added to your account per person. Look at the menus knowing this so that you don’t say why this account came like this.

Another issue is coffee! Italians have very different ties to coffee, so you can easily find coffee everywhere. If you drink coffee in the bar section of the cafe, you should probably pay the coperto price if you sit down and drink it. Some small shops do not buy coperto, but if this is important to you, be sure to ask the coperto status before sitting down.

The most important item is siesta hours! By typing the name of the restaurant you will go to Google, it shows what times it is open, do not go without looking. Some are open for both noon and evening service, while others only open in the evening, 19:00 or later. The same goes for cafes and markets. Siesta time is usually between 12:00 and 15:00 and cafes, patisseries, markets, sandwich shops, shops… many places that you can think of may be closed during this time period. Even being in a very touristic city does not change this fact. (I will repeat that you are going to this city or even Italy in August, it is possible that most of the small shops are closed because it is the month of August holiday for Italians as a country)

If you are buying alcohol from supermarkets, remember that there is no alcohol sale after 22 o’clock in the evening. Of course you can find different places that are open, but they will not be at supermarket prices.

Let me continue by explaining what you can try in Italy in general;

Carpaccio: Thinly sliced ​​raw meat or fish, with olive oil and lemon

Insalata caprese: Tomato mozzarella cheese

Frutti di mare: seafood

Bresaola: Dry meat

Prosciutto: Italian ham, pork

Risotto: Rice cooked in broth

Gnocchi : Food in the form of tiny meatballs made of potato

tiramisu : Mascarpone, egg, sugar and coffee flavored cocoa dessert

zabaione : Dessert or drink made with egg yolk, sugar and sweet wine

Panna cotta : Dessert made of gelatin, sugar cream and fresh fruit

Father : A cake moistened with rum from Naples, also known as Rum Babà

Limoncello: A very common liquor in the south of Italy, obtained by immersing lemon in alcohol

Grappa: Alcoholic beverage, a grape-based pomace brandy

Campari: Alcoholic lycra made from plants and fruits

Aperol: A red liquor from Rhubarb and bitter orange extract

Venchi for ice cream, Pompi for tiramisu (4 €), Pastificio Guerra for pasta (4 €) and Antico Caffe Greco for cafe will be the most mentioned places in the suggestions. Even though I didn’t say wow for dessert or pasta, it is a very fresh and delicious option. Moreover, it is very pleasant to chat with people in every shop!


What I know and try are:

For gelato (ice cream)Gelateria La Romana (my favorite) or Fatamorgana. It is possible to find more than one of these two shops in Rome and the price per ball is 2.5 € on average.Pizza for Pizzeria Ai Marmi in Trastevere, the pizza average was 6 € -10 €. Coffee For La Casa Del Caffe Tazza D’oro or Sant Eustachio Il Cafe right near the Pantheon. Here you pay an average of 1 € for an espresso and 2.5 € for cappuccino at the bar. Sandwich for La Baguetteria.

To Google Maps “Pizza Al Taglio” If you type and search, you can find slice pizzerias closest to your location. Generally a good tip for finding affordable snacks.

I will also share a website where you can find dozens of choices about food. The best terrace bars, panoramic restaurants, pastas, pizzas, bakeries… Now, whatever you want, add them to your map by paying attention to their location and opening times. For many venue suggestionshere Just click.

If I have a last tip about eating and drinking, if you want to see the average prices for the restaurant you will go to, Google Maps is the place to look again. It is possible to see prices especially in the photos and comments section.

Piazza Navona, Rome


SHOPPING

Food

One of the most popular products to buy from Italy is pasta. You can find many places. Apart from that, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, limoncello and cheese are among the most purchased things. There are special shops that sell each of these as well as supermarkets where you can find the most suitable ones. I especially recommend you buy parmesan or gran padona cheese. They are sold as molds and you can find them in almost any market. You can also buy grated parmesan package or mozzarella. Since there will be water in Mozzarella, you should pay attention to its packaging. Probably one of the most convenient and delicious things that can be bought will be mozzarella because it usually starts from 50 cents.

Fashion

Although not as much as Milan, you can easily find design boutiques in Rome. Apart from that, many daily brands will be observed in the streets. Via del corso and on the streets surrounding Piazza Spagna, you can find many familiar shops.

Prada, Gucci, Armani, Bvlgari If you want to find shops like street Via dei Condetti and from there you can continue walking to Via Veneto.

market

Of course, there are street markets in Rome where you can find everything. Close to Trastevere, which opens only on Sundays and closes at 14. Porta portese The market is like our markets, everything is there, and you can find some of them at more affordable prices than stores. Mercato dei fioriVegetable, fruit and flower market open every morning. Piazza Fontanella Borghese The market is open every day except Sundays and there are often stalls on stamps, books and antiques.

As I said, Places to Visit in Rome as a separate article here replaced it.


If you are planning a trip to Italy, you may also be interested in these articles;

A continuation of this article for Rome Rome Attractions

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Portofino Travel Notes

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Places to visit in Rome – esrageziyor


After writing a long article that gave general information about Rome, I decided that it would be better for me to travel and write the places to see under a separate heading, and in this article I explained the places you need to visit and see when you go to Rome.

First of all, I should remind you to write “Rome Travel Notes” in which I give important tips and write information about accommodation, restaurant with restaurant suggestions, transportation from the airport and city transportation, shopping and many other general information, and I give important tips. It will work.

Lets start then…

How many days should you devote to Rome?

It is best to spare 3 days to visit Rome properly! If you take it for 4 days, the places you will see and visit will not be over and you will have more time to get lost in the streets and accompany the Italian siestas. If you have less time, of course go and see the most interesting ones for you as I write below. Of course, especially for those who have little time, my advice is to make a good plan and use the time with high quality. Mark the places you want to see on your map, and if you ask me, the Colosseum, Trevi, Navona and the Spanish Square, and of course the Vatican, are among the places you shouldn’t return without seeing. Others are up to you.

* All prices in the article are current prices for 2020.

In Italy, most museums and ruins are free on the first Sunday of every month. If your trip coincides with this time, do not forget to check it out.

What is the name of the 7 hills of Rome?

Rome has 7 hills in real sense, 5 of them (Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Quirinal and Viminal) are covered with monuments and parks, while Capitol from the other 2 hills has Roman Municipality, Palatine is still present as an archaeological site.

How to Travel?

If possible, stroll through Rome. While walking among the main buildings you want to see, you can see many historical monuments, small squares and beautiful views. If you mark every place you want to see on your map and plan your day in advance; you will not miss any place while traveling.

If you are going to use public transportation, look at what, from where and where, on average, in minutes. If you ask if it makes sense to rent a car in Rome, I think not at all. This will be more trouble than comfort. Likewise, difficulties in finding a car park, the rules you must obey, and the uncertainty of the roads and sections without entrance may put you in trouble.

You only need to know that no matter what time of the year you go to Rome, it is a city with a crowd of tourists. If you need a solution to deal with crowds, I think the best way to do this is to start sightseeing when the day starts to light. You can always go to fountains in open squares until the places with opening hours such as museums and archaeological sites open, and you can take the photos you want in front of crowded buildings during the day. If you start the day at 08:00 or 09:00 like everyone else, most places will be crowded.

I suggest you pay attention to the warm weather, siesta hours and the closedness of the places you want to go in August, which is the holiday period of the Italians, especially if you are in Italy and Rome in the summer season.

Walking and Bus Tours

As in most European cities, there are free walking tours in Rome and bus tours, which are called paid hop on-hop offs.

For free walking tours “Rome free walking tourWhen you make a general search from Google by typing, you have many options. You can also visit one of those who have a good interpretation and visit someone who knows and describes the city. These walking tours usually take place twice in the morning and afternoon. The tours are really free, but generally, at the end of the tour, you are welcome to tip the person who walks you and explains it.

Hop on-hop off so you do it by bus; The price of the tours, where you can get on the other bus on the route where you get off at a stop and then buy the tour, starts from 23 € uro for those over the age of 16. These tours, which have different ticket options from 24 hours to 72 hours, can also be a good option for those who do not have time and want to tour the entire city in a short time without getting off the bus. From here You can review.

If you are one of those who like to check and plan the activities in the cities you go to here You can look at.

ROMAPASS

Of course, there are also cards that are advantageous when traveling around the cities, and there is also a Rome Pass. The official site of the Roma Pass is primarily here.The 48-hour card is 28 € and the 72-hour card is 38.5 €. In both of them, public transportation is free during the hours you receive and offers discounts in various places.

With the 48-hour card, 1 museum or archaeological site you will enter first is free, and with the 72-hour card, the first 2 museums or archaeological sites are free. Cards can be taken if you are going to take advantage of your travel, depending on the entrance fees and whether you will use public transportation.

With this card, free entry to the Colosseum is valid, but they suggest making a reservation 10 days in advance and it says that they will receive a 2 € plus fee for online reservations. Free entrance to the Vatican is not possible with Romapass. Details and purchases are available on the website.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum Entrance fee: 16 € (valid for 24 hours)

The Colosseum is a flavian amphitheater standing in the center of this city for hundreds of years. Although it is known as the amphitheater, it has taken its place in the history scene as an arena that has witnessed bloody fights in the past. It was completed in the 80’s (80 we know) titus period.

If you don’t see the Colosseum for someone who comes to Rome for the first time, it’s a kind of building. Although it has been very well preserved compared to previous years, it is much more impressive than me. The ticket you bought for the Colosseum is also valid for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. If you buy the ticket at the box office, you may want to go early, otherwise you can enter the queues where you have to wait 1 hour.

If you want to browse the Colosseum from a different angle, the name of the street you should mark on your map Via Nicola Salvi. Another one Via Deli Anibaldi ’bridge in.

It always opens at 08.30, but the closing times change in 7 different months and it usually closes between 17:00 or 19:00. It is important to check if you are going to go in the evening. Closed from December 25 to January 1. Link of the official site if you want to buy tickets online hereYou can see all the details from there.

Roman Forum, Rome


ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL
/ Entrance Fee: 16 € (Valid ticket for the Colosseum)

The Roman Forum section is the area where the ruins of the central region where Rome flourished. You can take a walk around the Roman forum and take a look at the establishment of the ancient Roman Empire. Although most of them can be seen walking on the sidewalks near the ruins, if you bought a ticket for the Colosseum or if you are interested, of course it is worth visiting.

Palatine Hill is one of the hills of 7-hill Rome and one of the oldest places in the city. You can watch the old ruins, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus from a panoramic view. This place is 40 meters high before moving on to the Roman Forum. Since the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill hill are included in one ticket, don’t forget to plan your time accordingly.

Açılış The opening and closing hours and the days when they are closed are the same as the Colosseum.


FONTANA DI TREVİ (Fountain of Love)
/ Free

This fountain, whose name is Trevi because it is located at the crossroads of three roads or because the three underground waterways are gathered at this point, is one of the most iconic points of Rome! Whenever the day rises in the season you go, if you are in Trevi at that time, it is a fountain where you can catch unmanned hours. Of course, it is very likely that you will encounter couples who usually take photos at those times.

It is forbidden to go right next to the fountain in summers and busy times in the summer, but other times you can pose as you like, without touching the borders and sitting. I even read news that they will install a protection barge in this area in the near future, but hopefully they will not, it is a really enjoyable action to sit on the edges and watch the fountain and examine the details.

The Trevi fountain is actually one of the newest buildings in Rome. If I said new, this fountain, whose construction was completed in 1762, is now 258 years old. Giuseppe Panini completed the fountain that Nicola Salvi started to make when he passed away. The fountain is located in a small square, 26 meters high and 49 meters wide, where 3 streets (tre vie – three streets) meet.

FONTANA dell ‘ACQUA PAOLA / Free

This is another fountain. I wrote right after Trevi because this is one of the beautiful fountains that was never popular. The Acqua Paola Fountain was built in a beautiful hill in 1612 as the end point of the aqueduct. This fountain is located in the upper parts of Trastevere, so it is not very popular. I think it’s a fountain worth seeing if you have time, but it’s definitely a bit tiring when walking out.

Pantheon, Rome


PANTHEON
/ Free

Pantheon was originally built as a temple for all the gods of Ancient Rome, while today it is used as the structure where famous people are buried. Panteon, which has been used as a church since the 7th century, is the oldest concrete domed building in Rome. The diameter of this dome is 43 meters, and the middle of the ceiling of the dome is open in a circle. This opening was called “Oculus”. Although it is a belief that it does not enter from here when it rains, it is not true, but how they made such a dome from concrete in time still remains a mystery.

Since the Pantheon is free, it is one of the most crowded places. It opens at 08.30 and a mini row is formed at the door and they take it inside. My advice to you is to go to the opening time and travel comfortably.

If you want to have a nice angle photo with Pantheon, you can catch a nice angle for yourself in the fountain in front of you.

Except Sundays, it is open between 08.30 and 19.15, while Sundays are open between 09:00 and 18:00. Closed on January 1, May 1, December 25.

Spanish Square – Spanish Steps – Barcaccia Fountain – Trinita dei Monti, Rome


SPANISH SQUARE / SPANISH STAIRS

Spanish Square is one of the most popular squares in Rome. The stairs next to the square are also very popular. I have to say from the beginning that it is now forbidden to sit on the stairs. Previously, take your pizza, sit on the stairs and watch the food and eat, but it is no longer possible. On the stairs, an attendant is always waiting to warn him when he sees a negative behavior, moreover they even write a penalty in cases. Still, it is possible to stand up and take a photo, but they do not want you to do this for a long time as they make such a decision because the stairs are so worn out.

The square takes its name from the Spanish Palace where the Spanish Embassy is located. In the middle of the square is a fountain made by Bernini and his son from the Baroque period; Fontana della barcaccia Do not pass without paying attention to him either. When you go up the stairs there is a church, a Catholic French church Trinita dei Monti. There is an obelisk right in front of the church. Do not pass without a glance while you are here and look out over Via dei Condotti street from the church’s balcony.

Although Spanish is mentioned here, the church and its surroundings are the responsibility of the French state.

Navona Square, Rome


NAVONA SQUARE

My favorite square in Rome! When it comes to fountains, benches, night mobility, restaurants along the square; a very high energy square. Even one of the Airbnb home links I shared in the accommodation was just a 5-minute walk from this square.

This is MS. It was the Domitianus Stadium in the 1st century, and the square was built on top of its location. There are three separate fountains in the square, on both ends and in the middle. The most popular fountain in the middle Bernini‘S; Symbolizing the Ganges, the Nile, Rio de la Plata and the Danube Four Rivers Fountain.

There is also the Catholic church of San Luigi dei Francesi, which was opened in 1589 in this square.

If you want to sit in this square and watch the square by eating or drinking something, when you come across the Fountain of the Four Rivers, you have Coop Market in one of the intervals where the square ends to the left.

HOLY ANGEL CASTLE / SANT’ANGELO CASTLE / Entrance Fee: 20.50 €

The building, built by the Roman Emperor Hadrianus as a mausoleum for himself and his family, was later used as a papal fortress. The building, which was once the tallest building in Rome, is located on the banks of the Tiber River and is now open to visitors as a museum.

In 1277, an 800-meter tunnel connecting the castle to the Vatican is built, thereby creating a safe path for the Pope to escape if he is in danger. However, after everyone knows this information, he cannot help but think about how the security part will be.

☾ The castle is open to entrance from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00. Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.

Rome and Popolo Square from Pincian Hill


POPOLO SQUARE / PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

The square, which we can translate into Turkish as the square of the people, is one of the lively squares of the city. Especially easily exiting the square Pincian Hill offers one of the beautiful views of Rome. You may want to be here especially at sunset. You do not pay any fee to go up to this hill and you can go as a result of a short climbing. You can also find drinking water fountains here if the weather is very hot when you go up the hill or if your water runs out.

Same time Via del corso This square, which is located at the end of the shopping street, is one of the parts you can easily reach on foot in the city like other places I have written.

VILLA BORGHESE

While coming to Popolo square and then climbing Pincian Hill, Borghese Gardens are right behind them. It is a beautiful park even to cool off under a tree in the hottest times, but there is much more to it. Many buildings in Villa Borghese as museums Borghese Walesand a landscape garden with attractions. The area is so large that you can rent a bike and travel.

If you want to see a park in the city or visit a magnificent art gallery, don’t forget to add it to your list. The entrance fee of the Borghese Gallery for 2020 is 20 € uro. If you want to visit this gallery free of charge, it is possible to visit the second Wednesday of every month or by making a reservation on the first Sunday of every month. It is closed from December 25 to January 1.

Campo de Fiori, Rome


CAMPO DE FİORİ

A tiny but popular square in Rome, where its name means Flower Field / Field. Here you can see that vegetables, fruits and flowers are sold during the day. Like almost every square in Rome, there is a statue in the middle of the square and restaurants on the edges. If you want to see a small but cute square, this is also a few streets south of Navona square, you can drop your way while walking. It might be nice to photograph the houses here.

CİRCUS MAXİMUS / Free

Although it looks like a green area today, it was used as an ancient hippodrome and a gathering place for mass entertainment. The area built in the valley between Aventine and Paletine hills is one of the parts that can be taken on a walking route.

Bocca Della Verita, Rome


BOCCA DELLA VERITA /
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This is a relief made of human face on marble, placed on the porch of Santa Maria’s Cosmedin church. It was believed that someone who put his hand in the mouth of the relief in the Middle Ages would be bitten if he was lying. Even though one of the medieval legends is like this, it is still one of the places I share on the road route so that you don’t overlook it. If you are not going to take a photo, you can see it from behind the fence and continue on your way.

Marcellus Theater, Rome


MARCELLUS THEATER

Marcellus, Ancient Roman theater. Marcellus, which you will see as a similar structure after the Colosseum, is not as lucky as the Colosseum. The construction of the 111-meter-high theater, with a capacity of 11,000 people, was opened by Augustus in the 12th year before Christ. Although it is very difficult to understand whether the top floor of Marcellus, which is one of the structures that are not so popular for tourists, is used as a home or office, I could not think why Rome did not take such a step for this place. It wasn’t open to visitors when I went, but the outside is in a location where you can easily see it from the outside.

Piazza Venezia, Rome


PIZAZZA VENESIA / VENESIA SQUARE

Venezia is located at the junction of Capitol Hill where Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via del Corso are located. Like most other squares, it is not in a pedestrian area, but in a location where vehicles pass. On one side of the square is the first king of Italy II. Part of the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, II. There is the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Vittorio Emanuele Monument. Square also called Palazzo veneziaIt takes from. It is free to visit the white structure in the square. At the same time, you can take a lift and see the city panoramicly. observation terrace There is also a part. You can go here by giving 10 €.

TRASTEVERE

Trastevere is the name of a district that is on the other side of the Tiber River, not a place you should especially see. This place has not attracted the attention of tourists for a very long time and remained as a place where only the locals know, go to drink wine, eat pizza. When the situation changes in a place, Travtevere, which has a bohemian atmosphere, has become a place where you can make enjoyable aperitivo hours because the tourists go a lot.

The availability of places where prices are suitable, especially between 17: 00-20: 00, -aperitivo- has caused young people to spend more time here and stay. I recommend you take your time and walk the streets of Trastevere. If you are there during the hours I said, you can also sit in a place where you see reasonable prices on the sign.

It is not difficult to come here. You can go to the other side of the river from one of the bridges in the city and walk to Trastevere from the map looking at the location. In fact, those who stay in this region generally say that they like to stay in this part, I haven’t tried it yet, but I have in mind for my next Rome trips.

Trastevere, Rome

If you have many more days, you can also check out these places to visit; municipality also Capitol Hillfound in ruins Caracalla BathsRemains of a villa, which was established in the empty area that emerged as a result of the big fire in 64 years. Domus areais a large Roman archaeological complex and is also on the World Heritage list Hadrian’s VillaRemaining from ancient times Trajan Marketwhich is a semicircular square Piazza Barberiniwhich is a mausoleum Cestius Pyramidarchaeological site, also in a central locationTorre argentina A few of the other places that can be seen.


Rome City Map, Rome Metro Map and illustration maps that you can download and use on your phone on my Pinterest page I gathered together.

You can leave all your questions about Rome or Italy as a comment, I will be happy to answer them. Also me InstagramYou can also find it at.

What is Schengen Visa, How to Get It?


Schengen visa, which can be obtained by the member countries of the Schengen Area, A form of visa permitting free movement within the Schengen Area of ​​the European Union Schengen members as well as all EFTA Schengen members, during its validity and period of time. Thanks to the common border and common visa application known as the Schengen Area, To 32 countries only a single visa taking, that is Schengen visa By taking, you can login.

When you receive a Schengen visa, your entry into the countries included in this agreement is free, and you can stay in the country / countries you traveled through during the visa period you received or during your travel.

MEMBER COUNTRIES IN SCHENGEN REGION

The Schengen area currently consists of 26 member states; 22 of them are members of the European Union while 4 of them are part of EFTA, that is, the European Free Trade Association. So, for example, since Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), you can enter Switzerland with your existing Schengen visa, or you can apply from Switzerland and roam in the Schengen area as much as you have right with a visa.

Schengen Area Except the UK covers most of the European countries.

Schengen countries;Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

If the name is not mentioned here, that country is one of those countries that do not require a visa (or may have applications such as e-visa, visa at the door). For this Countries Not Requiring a Visa you can look at my article.

COUNTRIES YOU CAN GO TO WITH A SCHENGEN VISA

Germany
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria*
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Netherlands
Croatia*
Iceland
Italy
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Lithuania
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Hungary
Malta
Monaco *
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania *
Slovakia
Slovenia
San Marino*
Greece
Vatican*

* These countries are not yet members of Schengen, so they do not issue a Schengen visa. However, you can travel to these countries with your Schengen visa obtained from another country. When you need to get a visa from these countries, the visa you get is the country’s own visa and not a Schengen visa.

** Normally Southern Cyprus is also included in this list, but those who have a Turkish passport cannot enter Cyprus with a Schengen visa, so a separate visa must be obtained from Greece. Her too here I wrote in my writing.

Schengen Area Map

HOW TO GET SCHENGEN VISA?

You can obtain a Schengen visa through the agency of the country you want to go to. To obtain a Schengen visa, you can make an online appointment and prepare your documents from the institutions determined by each country; you can apply on your appointment day.

You can find the documents you need to prepare by going to the official visa offices or consulates I have given below.

You will apply with your documents on the appointment day and pay the visa fee on the visa application day.


SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND VISA CENTERS AUTHORIZED BY THE CONSULATES


COUNTRIES & VISA CENTERS

Germany Idata / Consulate
Austria VFS Global
Belgium VFS Global
Czech Republic VFS Global
Denmark VFS Global
Estonia VFS Global
Finland VFS Global
France VFS Global
Netherlands VFS Global
Spain BLS International
Sweden VFS Global
Switzerland tlscontact
Italy Idata / Consulate
Iceland (represented by Denmark) VFS Global
Latvia VFS Global
Liechtenstein (represented by Switzerland) tlscontact
Lithuania VFS Global
Luxembourg VFS Global
Hungary As Visa Solutions
Malta VFS Global
Norway Vfsglobal / Orangevize
Poland VFS Global
Portugal Orangeviz to
Slovakia Vfsglobal / Consulate
Slovenia Orangeviz to
Greece Changes by city
Kosmos – Vfsglobal


HOW MUCH IS THE SCHENGEN VISA FEE? – 2020

Visa fees vary and there are also different pricing according to categories. Compared to February 2020, the standard Schengen country entrance fee is 80 €, free for 0-6 years old, some countries are free for 6-12 years old, some 40 €, D type visa 116 €, reduced tariff 35 € and national education visa 50 €. .

In addition to this, in addition to the fixed visa fee (80Euro), there is a fee of 20 € or 30 € that visa centers charge for transactions. If you are applying with the visa center, not the consular application, this fee, which is mentioned in names such as the administrative coordination fee, Vfs service fee, must also be paid.

Remember that you will pay the visa fee directly to the authorized visa office or the consulate you are applying for on the day of your appointment for the visa application; you do not pay anybody before, always be careful against fraudsters because there are so many such unfortunate situations about this.

So in general, you can think of the fee payable for Schengen visa as 80 € + 30 €.


When should you apply for the SCHENGEN VISA?

When you want to apply for a Schengen visa, you can apply for a minimum of 6 months before your trip. Applications for a tourist visa were not received before. Visa offices recommend applying for a visa at least 4 weeks before the date of travel. I personally usually apply for a visa 3 weeks in advance. Schengen visa applications are said to result in an average of 10 business days. Some end up in 3 working days, while others can take up to 15 working days. Since there is no certainty, it is best to plan your time accordingly.

When you apply the Schengen visa should pay attention to the country’s public holidays and festivals when both the public holidays in both Turkey will apply. Because consulates will be closed at these dates, it may take longer than usual to process and conclude your visa.

SCHENGEN VISA TYPES

There are 3 types of Schengen visas. The type of visa you need to apply depends on your travel purpose. If you are going to go somewhere as a tourist, you should apply to type C.

  1. TYPE C (Classic Tourist Visa)Type C Schangen visa, the day of stay is maximum 90 days; It is a classic Schengen visa, which is taken in cases of tourist or business travel. This 90 days of stay (duration of stay) is 90 days in every 180 days (may be 30 or 60 days). You are granted up to a maximum of 5 years and your C type Schengen visa is entitled to only 90 days per 180 days, whether it is 1 year, 2 years or 5 years.
  2. D TYPE (Visa with Residence Permit)Type D Schengen visa is the type of visa that is valid for stays longer than 90 days such as Erasmus, exchange programs, study, session. D type Schengen visa is valid in the country you are receiving. So if you want to travel between Schengen countries, your right to stay is 90 days in 180 days.
  3. TYPE A (Transit Visa)Although it is not a very common type of visa, the visa you need to have when you make a connecting flight from a country requesting a Schengen visa is a type A visa. You must get this visa from which country you have a connecting flight.

TOURISTIC SCHENGEN VISA TYPES

When your Schengen visa is positive, it grants you the right to enter and exit Schengen member countries for a limited period of time. Even if you have requested multiple entries, you may encounter a single entry visa and vice versa. In any case, you should not forget to travel according to the rules of your visa.

Single entry – You can travel in the Schengen area for the time written on the visa you have obtained. You can also switch to other countries while you are entitled to stay at your single exit.

Double Entry –If it says 2 in the number of entries section of your visa; You can travel to the Schengen area at 2 different times during the dates when your visa is valid.

Multiple Login –If you write Multi in the section where you can enter, you can enter and exit unlimited in 180 days during your visa dates.


COUNTRIES REQUESTING A TRANSIT VISA FROM TURKISH CITIZENS

If you do not have a valid Schengen visa, you will need a transit visa if you have a connecting flight from the countries below.

Switzerland
Czech Republic
Germany
Greece
Bulgaria

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Make sure you have a valid passport and at least 6 months from the date of application. Some countries want a passport with a duration of at least 1 year, check with the documents requested by the country you are applying for.

2. When planning your trip, you must first create your appointment at the visa center or consulate. You can look at the list above which web page for which country you should look for. After creating your appointment, you can start preparing your documents. Depending on your workplace, it is possible to collect all documents in 1 day.

3. From the website of the country you will apply for, print out or write down the paper containing all the required documents depending on the visa type you will apply for. Do not go to the application without preparing all the documents, respectively. Be sure to fill out the application form correctly. If there are parts that you are not sure about what to write, leave it blank and ask the official when you go to the application. If you want, they help you fill the entire application form at the application centers with an extra fee.

4. If your first visa application is required, you have to go to the visa application center in person, because you have to give fingerprints.

5. On the day and time you make the appointment, go to the application center, with all documents fully completed. After making your application, pay the fee and do not forget to share this information wherever you want your passport to arrive. Passports come to visa application centers and you can get them from there, but if you want them to be sent to a different address, you are usually asked to pay extra for this. Do not forget to say this at the time of application if it will be sent to another address.

6. After the application, you are given a receipt for application and payment, do not lose it. Take a picture of it and set it aside. You can check the status of your passport with the tracking number on that voucher and see if your passport came to the visa application center.

7. Remember that the only way to find out if your visa has been completed is to take the passport. Unfortunately, it is not possible for you to learn about internet inquiries or call center.


Apart from what I wrote here, another article that I recommend you read ” Schengen Visa: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers In this article, you can find answers to questions such as how much money should be on the account to get a visa, the correct use of a visa, traveling with a single entry visa. If you have a different question, please leave this post as a comment. I recommend that you do not enlarge the Schengen visa process in your mind, and make your application by completing the required documents completely.

Schengen Visa: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers


What is a Schengen visa and how to get it? here Since it is a detailed article, I prepared an article in this article both as a question and answer about the questions I received a lot and frequently asked questions.

First of all, the following are known mistakes;

● All countries in Europe are not Schengen countries. For example, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland are not members of the European Union, but are in the category of the Schengen country.

● It is not possible to enter all countries in Europe with a Schengen visa. Although England is located on this continent, you cannot go to England on a Schengen visa. For this you need to get a UK visa.

QUESTION ANSWER

When should I apply for a Schengen visa?

You can apply for a Schengen visa 6 months before your trip. The most recommended time is that the application was made 4 weeks before.

How many days does a Schengen visa come out?

While many visas conclude in an average of 5 business days, official sources write that they can find up to 30 business days. Visa transactions are usually concluded between 3 and 10 business days.

How much is the current Schengen visa fee?

Compared to February 2020, the standard Schengen country entrance fee is 80 €, free for 0-6 years old, some countries are free for 6-12 years old, some 40 €, D type visa 116 €, reduced tariff 35 € and national education visa 50 €. .

How much money do I need to get to get a Schengen visa?

In general, countries want to have at least 50 euros for each day you travel. Apart from this, one of the most important financial factors is that a constant and regular cash flow is provided to the account you will declare. Instead of putting a large amount of money into the account, the accounts that have a different order provide a more reliable image. It is considered positive to have an average amount of 1000 € in the account.

If you are going to travel to more than one country, which one should I apply for?

In this case, you must apply for a visa from which country you will stay in for the longest time. Of course, you should not forget to have the documents related to other countries and return tickets with you on your trip. If you are going to spend time on the same number of days, you should apply from the country where you will be logged in first.

Is there a guarantee to enter the country with a Schengen visa?

All consulates even have information cards when you get the visa, and what’s written there is always the same; Receiving the visa does not guarantee that you will be taken to the country at the end of the customs checks in the country you will go to. The police in the passport control have the authority not to take you to the country. In such a case, you are sent back to your departure point with the first plane. Of course, it is not a very common situation, but there is such a rule.

Can I enter multiple countries on a single-entry Schengen visa?

With a single-entry visa, it is possible to travel to more than one country during the visa permit without leaving the Schengen region and without exceeding your visa period.

Is there control or stamping on border crossings in Schengen member countries?

Whether you pass by air or land, there is often no special control. Although some countries have been controlling passports only in recent years due to the increasing number of refugee and terrorist incidents, there is no such thing as pressing any stamp on the passport. Of course, since your passport is your official ID, they look at it as a document at normal checks.

Do I have to enter the country / country from which I obtained the Schengen visa?

For example, if you want to enter Germany directly and directly with a visa you have obtained from Italy, Germany may not accept you in your country. Although some countries approve entry to their country without any problem, it is important to enter the country where you get the visa. If you are going to apply for a visa again from the country where you have received a visa and have never entered, this act will not be a good reference for you.

I went to Sweden without entering Greece with a visa I received from Greece, and I got questions about this subject both in and out of the country. For the compulsory reason, I showed that I was unable to travel to Greece before Sweden, but that I would go to Greece the next week, and I was able to enter the country. Unless you have a compelling reason like me, I do not recommend that you intentionally introduce yourself into this situation.

Can I go to different countries with my existing Schengen visa?

I wrote in my articleYou can travel to all countries where you can enter with your Schengen visa, for up to 90 days in the last 180 days. You do not have to enter and exit the country where you get a visa every time. For example, after making your travel to Holland with a Schengen visa with multiple access rights from the Netherlands, you can go to or from any country you want in Germany, Italy or Switzerland.

Can I enter Switzerland with a Schengen visa?

If you already have a current Schengen visa, you can go to Switzerland. It is recommended to go to Switzerland after you go to the country where you obtained your Schengen visa. This recommendation also applies to Northern European countries.

Can more than one Schengen visa be issued at the same time?

You can apply for a new Schengen visa if you have a trip at the exact time of your existing visa. Most of the time, as a result of this application, your new visa is started from the end date of your old visa.

Can I apply for a visa with flight and hotel reservations?

Yes, it is possible to apply for a visa especially in countries that want to see the PNR number. Some countries want to see purchased round-trip air tickets, while others want to see both air tickets and approved accommodation documents. This depends entirely on the documents requested by the country you are applying for.

Is Airbnb reservation accepted for Schengen visa?

Yes, it is accepted. If the country to which you are applying does not request an approved hotel reservation, it does not matter whether it is an Airbnb or Booking.com reservation.

My Schengen visa was refused, what should I do?

If your visa has been rejected for various reasons (missing documents, incorrect information, etc.), you have the right to reapply or to appeal within 1 month from the conclusion. It is not possible to get back the visa fee from visa refusal situations. It is important to carry out the procedures of the relevant consulate by eliminating the reasons for rejection and writing an appeal in the desired way. You can look up such information on consular websites.

Should I add my future travels to my Schengen visa application?

If you have other travel plans after the country you applied for, some countries accept and give them as additional documents. If it is found suitable for other travels; Notes such as Travel 2, Travel 3 can be added to your printouts such as tickets. Of course, this does not guarantee that you will receive a visa, including those travel dates.

What is the correct use of the Schengen visa?

When you receive your Schengen visa, it is important to follow the rules, that is, to make your travel between the dates given to you, and to enter the country where you receive the visa during this period. Some countries finalize the new visa in future applications, paying attention to which country you have been staying at most with the visa you received from them in the past. So if you spent 3 days in Italy and 15 days in Greece with the visa you obtained from Italy, this may create a negative situation for you in the next Italy visa. However, although there is no clear written source of these rules, it is recommended that you spend the longest time in the country where you get the visa.

What should I do to get a long-term Schengen visa?

Nobody knows the answer to this question. Even most married couples who apply with the same documents at the same time have visa for different periods. The writing proposal that states that you will travel to the visa petition frequently is the most cliché and unproven method. In my last Italy application, which did not accept a petition, I received a 2-year visa. Nobody knew that I travel a lot, my job, etc. In short, the important document here is the confidence of the round trip and the personal decision of the visa officer.


Of course, I will continue to update and add the questions and answers here, but you can leave any comments on any Schengen visa as a comment.

About Blogs and Posts | My Eyes


I open this blog enthusiastically in response to suggestions to write my observations about the places I have been visiting for a long time. Currently, only South African grades may be available. If I do not lose enthusiasm, I will add my other trips in order. … ..
I said and I added Pakistan. India is next….
I said and added India. America is next….
I said and I wrote America, I even wrote Saudi Arabia. Singapore is next…
I said and added. Next is Russia or Ukraine. I couldn’t decide yet. Maybe they can both be in one article….
I said and Ukraine is online. Russia will come as another article. China is next….
I said and put you all in the opposite corner, the Netherlands is online. Frankly, I don’t know what’s next. It could be Italy, it could be China, it could even beirut… We will see it all together….
I said and came with Italy. I do not even know the country I will write next. Let me tell you if you know and be comfortable….
I said and France came. I always say let me write China, but as soon as I say it, another trip to China is coming up and postponed…. I will not write my Chinese Impressions without going to China at least once more, without seeing 2 other cities. I still don’t know where and what will be the doctoral thesis next.

I said and Sweden came. But it’s really time in China… After 3 weeks, there is a long journey to China…

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My blog has gradually reached a certain level of maturity, I feel like it has set its own style. At least when I go back and look at my first writings, the differences in expression have become obscure. I said let me write my thoughts about my blog now.

My writings “Travel articleEven though I gather under the category of “I read other travel blogs, I see that they are not very similar. There are very fundamental differences. When it comes to travel, people said, “I woke up this morning, it was rainy. We went out with Mehmet. We ate pancakes for breakfast, then we drank coffee. It was very nice. ” When this happened, what I wrote was not coming much like a travel article. For those who ask my blog “On the basis of cultural differences, customs and ways of life, I write interesting things for me“I’m telling. I am trying not to mention my personal experience almost at all, if it will not help me explain a significant difference about the country.

I am always familiar, familiar, and I hear nice words and comments about my blog. Who reaches how, taking time and reading surprises me. There are also search criteria for those coming from search engines. I go into this list every two or three days, and who wrote what my site found. I can’t tell people what search phrases are entering. Maybe even more people read this blog if I just publish them.

There is a pure group; they naively ask Google questions. I see searches like “How should I buy clothes when I go to Arabia?” Or they search to ask their teacher questions like “What is the name of the clothes worn by women in Pakistan?”

There is a group of expert researchers; they searched by making a point shot entirely with key words. But this group is not very crowded.

There is also an “abaza” group; Until the Ukrainian article, I had few visitors from this group. These days, I constantly see the words “How to get a girl in Ukraine”, “Where are the most girls in Ukraine?” And “How to get a girl out of a bar in Kiev”. The most popular searches of this group before Ukraine were on the hostesses. Since my word in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia was mentioned as hostess, it was an appetizer for all hostess fantasy searches. I did not know that the subject of the hostess would be so popular.

WordPress also gives statistics on which link is clicked how many times. According to these figures, the most popular link in the entire blog is the transparent butt photo in the Ukrainian article and the more undressed photo of the girls who were undressed in the square in Kiev. At least 50 people click on these photos in the most secluded day.

As a result 7/8/9/ 10 countries. I have about 30 countries to write. They will come in order. Nowadays, the number of visitors is thousands of times a week. I’m looking forward to 10 thousand.

Oh, by the way, many questions are asked, “Yes, I took all the photos on the site.”

Kamil Sözen

Pakistan Impressions | My Eyes


Welcome to my Pakistani memories, which I have visited strangely 4 times in the past 3 years, although there seems to be nothing to love. I was surprised at how long it was when the article was over. There is a lot more to be told, but if I extend it too much, I will be afraid that it will not be read and I have transferred this much.

First Impressions

Where does the first impression begin? Plane. I learned this on the first Pakistani flight. Airplanes do not fall because the mobile phone is on. If it falls, Qatar on my first visitLahr his plane must have fallen. At the time of landing, at least 15 people were talking on the phone at the same time we were sitting. I think the stewardesses are crazy. Four people, sitting in a row of four in front of me, were trying to make their voices heard at the same time as hello, hello, and salute. The hostess comes and gets angry, warns, and the friends who put the phone in their jacket continue to speak as if the naughty high school student turns around the phone as soon as the back of the hostess turns up.So in short, there was not much need for a lot of cell phone open fight and tension.

In addition, everybody on the plane of Pakistan is changing like a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. While boarding, 90% of the passengers got on their western clothes. We had a meal once in a while. I slept a little, I woke up. In the meantime, whatever happened, 90% of the people who came down came down with white, cream enthusiasts. I did not understand what happened between them. Fortunately, my dress had not changed. Now when I wake up on the plane, I look at me first.

So where do the first impressions continue? When I get off the plane, under passport control, when I leave the airport. Here I have experienced the most problematic passport transactions of my life in Pakistan. On my first visit, the accent difference hit before. I replied “Datebö” question 4 times. “Da te boö”, “daa tee boööö”. It turns out that the man who is “date of birth” is curious. In the meantime, to better understand, I leaned against the counter at the chest level in front of me and extended my head to the man, and the sincerity between us and the officer who ran a cockroach from the 30-centimeter area between us and the man suddenly ended. Towards the end of the procedure, another insect came and called his friend who had just passed. And I was the only one who noticed and strange these insects. It seems as if insects are no more disgusting than flies around here.Especially in the 4th time they wanted to expel me to the country and expel it, it would be a separate article. I watched with interest how people who want to help me so much cause problems. I waited on a chair for about 8 hours, trying not to feed the insects around. I slept occasionally, woke up, told the same things over and over to 15 different people. When I entered the arm and said, “Get on the plane you came from,” I fluttered. But eventually I entered the country.

My first note to those who will go. When you apply for a visa to the Pakistani embassy, ​​do not believe that they no longer have a visa between the two countries. Insist that I want it anyway. They give it when they insist. On my fourth visit, I was so stumped by the lie that the embassy, ​​which had given me a visa three times in the past, said there is no longer a visa.

Security

Pakistan is where security is the biggest problem with all my travels. In 2008, the environment was much calmer. There was no suicide attack or bombing in Lahore, the city I visited. On a Sunday, they even let me visit the city with a security guard, two local people and a blackened glass jeep. Already all my beautiful photos from that day. In 3 years, political situations have changed a lot. As far as I can follow, there have been more than 15 suicide attacks in Lahore alone. More than 300 people died in these attacks. In response, the company that invited me increased and increased the security measures for my safety. There was a process like this on my last visit. The company’s security manager called me before I left. He told me to send a document, read it and call him back. The document, which started with a section describing the beauties of Lahore and Pakistan, continued with how important my security was to them and what to do next. In order not to stretch the guest too much, this document only describes the process until the meeting. They put a photo. This slipper mustache, briyantin-haired friend is the person to welcome you. Do not talk to anyone other than this person. This is the phone. This is the name. Save it on your mobile phone right now. The vehicle you will get is this brand jeep. This is the plate. This is his photo. Refuse to board another vehicle from this vehicle. In order not to decipher your identity, the person who will meet you will write a different local nickname, not his name, on his sign. Memorize this name. The person who will meet you will be right across the door. You should see him the moment you get out the door. If there was a problem and you did not see it, don’t wait and call, turn left immediately. Quickly walk in front of him. Pass 6 shops. There will be a florist, photocopier, buffet, florist, empty shop. Pass them and enter the 6th shop and close the door. Call us. If the driver cannot find you, he will follow the xxxx steps in order. Bla bla bla…. When you meet, you will be given a bag in the car. The rest of the instructions are in that bag. Know that we will do everything for your safety. Hehheyyttt. I read, I came to the gas. I said okay, just like the James Bond movie. I was out of the door with the expectation of attraction, waiting for me in front of me with a sliding mustache. It was Safdar if I did not remember correctly in my nickname. We got into the car, just in the car. He wasn’t excited at all. I was installed on the back seat. He gave the bag to my hand. I opened. I started reading the new instructions. This document was a bit more reactionary. Take the phone in the bag. Keep it constantly charged. Have your own phone always fully charged. There is a Lahore map in the bag. 3 safe points are indicated on the map. Look at them. If an accident or explosion occurs during your journey, take the appropriate actions below. The rest of the instructions are waiting for you in your room.
a) The driver is himself: You do not interfere with anything, he will take care of the rest.
b) The driver is not himself, the car is in motion: Get behind the wheel and get away quickly. Never get out of the car. Never try to help anyone. Call us on the phone. Go to the nearest marked point on the map. We do the rest.
c) The driver is not on his own, the car is not movable: (I said Aha. Now the event is getting hot). Don’t try to help anyone. Don’t talk to anyone. Lock the doors. Don’t react even if they say to you, open the door, talk, shout. Do not look directly on anyone’s face, make eye contact. Always look at the ground. If you can, pretend to be crying. Call us. We’ll take care of the rest. (Each option ends with we’ll take care of the rest.) People are waiting for the D option, but there is no D option. Because the only option left is that I’m not myself either. Then they did not expect me to do anything. We arrived home. At the door, uncle with beard, Osama’s father-in-law type, weak and hand with kalashnikov are waiting. The first 3 times I stayed in an extremely beautiful, luxurious villa in the city center with similar security measures. The house was very comfortable. Uşaklar, chefs and so on … Last time I was staying outside the city in a more troubled place for security. The main problem was that a lot of Europeans had to stay here, and none of them wanted to come. Security persuasion has been exaggerated to convince those people. I got my share too. I entered my room. Like a grave. No windows. There is a 20X20 vent hole in the ceiling. A post on the wall. The reason for not having a window in this room is that this room is “blast proof”. They wanted to say nothing would happen in the explosions. Okay so be it. I sat on the bed. A post on the wall next to me.
“When there is an explosion or attack, jump right into the space to the left of the bed”.
So, nothing happened in the explosion? Let’s continue reading.
“There is everything needed”.
You look, they put a gas mask, water, juice, chocolate, radio and a cell phone attached to the charger.
“There’s food here that will handle you for 2 days. Listen out on the radio. The same writing and materials are looking at you while sitting on the toilet again. I was nervous for the first time sitting on the toilet. I did not like the idea of ​​sitting on the toilet for 2 days, eating wafers and listening to the radio. Let me not bore you with so much security text. But there is more, believe it. After all, nothing happened as long as I was there. The journey, which started like agent films, continued without any excitement and excitement as much as the Turkish art films of the 1980s.

First Meeting with the City

Of course, the first meeting was on my first visit. So in calm times. My host, who hosted me, took me to a shopping center where cheap electronics were sold for shopping. Hafeez Center is a place like the Pakistani version of the East Bank in Istanbul. Of course, this version creates a more serious difference than you think. Since I did not want to look like a pale self with shocking surprise, I could not take a photo other than a few frames with the huge camera in my hand. Here’s what I shot. It will give you an idea of ​​the environment.The first thing that gets my attention about this place is the armed people. There are men with a kind of primitive rifle, which they call a pipe weapon, reaching up to the beard belly, amongst the crowd. You will say that what is there is soldier, police, security. However, these men do not have uniforms, they have a slipper on their feet, our Sümerbank striped pajamas, a jacket or dress on it. The type is terrible, he has a gun, no formal clothes. I think if I should be afraid of this man or should I take refuge in it if something happens? Who are good guys here, who are bad guys is hard to understand. They all look like bad guys to our eyes.While I was waiting for the shopping of my host, I was standing in front of the elevators in Lahore’s biggest electronic shopping center. Around was relatively empty. Nobody seemed to be using the elevator. Just from curiosity, I pressed the call button of the elevator on the left in the photo. And the elevator started to come. Wow, when he was surprised that he was working, the elevator came and an invisible person opened the door of his elevator. There was a man sitting on the floor with pillows and something like a bed. He pushed the elevator door from the inside and took off his head. The head that came out from the handle level of the door was surprised because he was sitting, but when I saw the inside from the range, I realized that this man actually lived in that elevator. Who called me looked around at me and closed the door.Like all old British colonies, traffic flows from the left. Roads are much better than I expected in the city center. Especially in late 2010, road quality passed us.

But there is no such thing as the quality of the traffic will be directly proportional to the quality of the road.

The distribution of vehicles you see when you look at an average street is as follows. 40% motorcycle / bike, 10% donkey, 10% cart, 20% truck, 20% car.

All these vehicles act extremely quickly and in great harmony, ignoring the traffic rules that are not applied, regardless of any lane concept. I have not seen any accidents. There is no scratch or dent in the cars. The men have exceeded driving. It is not possible to understand why Finns or Brazilians succeed in F1 races. If a Pako joins, believe it will throw the dust of the track.

Nothing like fast lane, slow lane. In the rightmost lane (which should be the fast lane here), someone can go with 30. He can pass his left seeing him. It can also pass right. If there is room, it can also enter the opposite lane. Everything is possible.

The strangeness I see in traffic does not end with telling. For one thing they use motorcycles like minibuses. It is very common to see 2 people, 3 people, 4 people on a single motorcycle. And the motorcycle that goes with 4 people is not going calmly. He scissors, lays left and right, speeding. My record was to see a motorcycle for 6 people. Do not assume that the device carrying 6 people is a FatBoy. Scooter disruption you know. Here is the proof.

The trucks are decorated. I’m not talking about a little bit of processing or painting. Trucks are not visible from the top. So much so that the truck driver is not able to see out of the bus. Because the chassis, cabin and side of the truck are covered with ornaments. It was not enough, the side windows were decorated with ornaments, and they closed the mirrors. Then they passed and looked at him. They said, “Hmmm it was nice, but the windshield was empty, let’s paint it a little bit,” and they painted the windshield. Of course, they did not forget to leave a hole so that the driver could see outside. After all, you cannot ignore traffic safety. You carry life. They said that these ornaments were a fortune and I did not see any unadorned trucks. The second interesting habit is that these help-loving men save fuel by pulling a bike or another motorcycle while riding a motorcycle. They do this not with a rope, but by hand. Two men on two engines hold each other with their idle hands while holding the handlebars with one hand. And in this way, without losing their balance, passing the two engines together, they go hand in hand with the motto that the force comes from unity in traffic.


Buses are similar, albeit not so much. The ceilings, windows, and the rotten parts of the sides are decorated with paintings and ornaments.

Speaking of buses, public transportation is also very nice. When it is said to be filled with minibus, I pass the Topkapı-Esenler minibuses that I rode in Istanbul during my university years (d). After it was full, the driver was able to get 19 people standing. It turns out that that friend had a lot to learn. He didn’t think of the top of the rear bumper and roof. The photo below will tell you what I mean.


Another observation that does not have a photo is school services. I don’t know how many hundreds of kids are in the bus anymore. But I can count dozens of cheeks and heads on the glass like Garfield. On the bus, about 20 children were going airy airy, wrapped in their bags and cross-legged. Don’t get me wrong, the bus is one-story.

My last traffic observation is; the guys are so calm. They never, ever get angry. The man in the front has blocked the road and the jingle is going. Our driver is pushing the horn, 45 seconds without interruption. The horn that plays so long is really annoying. The man in front slowly moves to the left and leads you. Are you kidding me. Neither passing nor passing is the smallest nerve. If you sound someone horn for 45 seconds all the time, a definite fight will occur. Sometimes cars go head-to-head. You say we crashed. They stop at the last minute. They continue as if nothing has happened, as one does not say to the other and what my brother said.

Eat

My expectation for food was that it was similar to Indian food, but it has absolutely nothing to do with it. It looks more like us. They love spicy, spicy and meat-based dishes. Pilaf is an indispensable food. The rice I ate was really good. Unlike us, they boil the pilaf without roasting first. They don’t absorb your water. They strain like pasta. And like far eastern pilaf, it is not mush. They have one, but very light pilaf. Sometimes they put cardamom in it.

Meals are eaten by hand. At least the locals are eating by hand. Everywhere came to me cutlery. With our lavash-like bread, they grasp and throw pilaf, meat, or whatever. There is only the right-handed meal here. I will explain this issue in Indian observations, not in this article. Because, considering the course, this article will be too long.

A mockery is made with every foreigner who comes, “You cannot eat our food, we eat very painfully, you cannot bear it”. I enjoyed distorting these men, who were unaware of my Urfa origins, about pain in every meal.

The way that meat and chickens in dishes are cut in something I don’t like and understand. With us, meats are cut. It is separated from the bone and put into the food. Only if there is a special reason, it is put into the meal together with the bone. He also cut the bone in a suitable place. When these guys buy a chicken, they do not separate from the bones and use the flesh and cut the chicken into 15 square pieces in one line. It does not matter whether there are bones, wings, meat. And we couldn’t imagine how much bone a chicken could have. Three quarters of each piece you put on the plate is bone. You’re trying to get a piece of meat out of it. You never have a chance to find a piece of meaty meat like we do. And since the bones are not cut from the joints, the abudic gubudic parts are always exposed. Something that is missing appetite.

On my 3rd visit they took me to a special place. A place with only mutton. They straighten the sheep with the previous technique. Then they collect the tail and fat of the sheep that they melt at high temperatures and use it as frying oil and fry the cubes made of meat and bone in that oil. You eat something like a bed, lying on its side. Then you sneak there and sleep. It was very nice.

We drank the best green tea I’ve ever had. It was a sweet and fragrant tea boiled with sugar and cardamom. They said you should drink this to dissolve the fat you just ate. I took 4-5 Turkish coffee cups like cups.

And and we came to the subject of Paan. I will explain it in more detail in the Indian article, but let me give as much information as necessary to describe the event I am experiencing here. What is called Paan is a kind that is consumed in India and Pakistan region. Yeah well. Because there is nothing I can compare. The leaf of a tree called Batel is taken. 40 kinds of irrelevant things are placed in it. Spices, herbs, jams, candies, bitter things… Packs are made. It is taken into mouth and chewed. What was clearing the breath, facilitating digestion. When you chew this, your mouth turns red. But I’m talking about a blood-red color. On the way, when you notice someone who leaned on the sidewalk here and seemed to vomit blood, you realize that he spits out the paan he chews. When I bargain with a rickshaw in Mumbai, I never forget the red liquids that flow from the edge of his mouth to his chin and the slurry in his mouth. Again, the reason why all the pavements and walls in India are red are the spit of those who break the paan. Sometimes, tobacco or herbal herbs were also placed in this bundle.

After a meal on my third visit, I was afraid when I was driving to the car. “Kamil have you ever broken a paan?” I also have a rule. Once I decided I would eat everything offered. “I said no. Oooo said you can’t say I was Pakistani without eating paan. Well, I didn’t claim to be Pakistani anyway, but I couldn’t say anything. We went to a buffet-like place. Believe from that buffet, if you buy a can of coke, you will not drink it.

You should read the cleaning header to fully understand what I mean. 3 paan orders were placed. The man took out 3 sheets. Put it on the counter. He pulled out a pot and poured some dust from it. He took out another container and poured it from another brown powder. Then he put some herbs.

Poured something dried. I recognized the only coconut among them. Then he bought something like a shoeshine box. He sunk his finger. Like the tiny yellow paint left inside his nail, he hopped the index finger with his fingernail. Then he took the jar of honey or jam and dipped his finger. He poured the honey flowing from his finger, and poured it over the mixture in fine lines. Then he made a huge bundle. The two Pako next to me opened their mouths like baby birds waiting for worms from their mother. Paan master placed his work of art in his mouth with his own hands. I stretched my hand to get it. My friends, whose mouths were too full to speak, made signs like “No way, open your mouth”.

My stomach was up. And those flavors did not help at all. “Concentrate Kamil, I shouldn’t grind, I shouldn’t grind, once I grind, the continuation comes, I should think of something else, think of good moments, concentrate, you can do it”. After a while that mass was broken. But it never disappeared. “How long will we chew?” I asked. No matter how much you want, they gradually disappear. I wanted to cry when you said you can chew for 45 minutes. It had been 1.5 minutes, and I was dreaming that he would chew and spit for 3 minutes. When I got in the car, I spit half of my mouth without hitting it. I had to keep the rest mourn in my mouth along the way. I am a solid stomach, I eat everything, my stomach started to rise as his man’s hand came to my mouth.

May Allah make you believe that the man put 4 fingers in my mouth and pushed the bundle up to my throat. It stopped when it rested on my small tongue. Everyone is looking at me. They point to a chew. And I started to chew. Every time I chew, another taste comes to your mouth. Sour, sweet, bitter, strange. There was nothing beautiful inside.

To better understand the gravity of the situation, you should look at the photos and those fingers that belong to the hand entering my mouth.

Cleaning

Although I don’t like generalizing on societies, I have to say; Pakistani are not very clean people. Of course, there can be a minority living in better living standards in every community. Conditions can be improved. But society’s perception of cleanliness and habits do not change much.

Okay, living conditions are very difficult here, the income level is very low, poverty is beyond the limits we can understand but none of them explains this mess.

For example, while a housewife cleans the toilet in her house, she washes her hand by inserting it into the hole of the toilet. So we don’t even think of putting our hands into the hole of the toilet, even with gloves. For them, this is something that can be done with bare hands.

There are people living in very difficult conditions in our Anatolian villages. They live on the soil in mud brick house. But those people sweep the soil they are sitting on. He does not pile up trash in one corner of his room and live with it. It regulates the door slightly. It may be torn, but if a meal is poured on it, they do not travel for 15 days with food spots.

We went to eat somewhere here. The walls are black at waist level. When I say black, it is literally black. It’s not gray. With lightening up and down from waist level, it reaches light gray on the ceiling with different shades of gray. This wall was once white. I guess 25 years ago. It has become this over time. A person does not feel uncomfortable with this. There is a sink right across the wall. It was a white sink we once knew. It is very dark gray right now. An area of ​​1.5 centimeters just around the hole where the water goes is a little lighter gray. I can see that if I rub my nail, I can scratch a 2-inch black layer. I have never seen anything like this in my life.

This place is the place that makes the most beautiful fish in Lahore. They took me to the roof because I was a stranger. They set up a separate table for us. Unlike the others, they brought plates and paper to wipe our hands. And we ate the fried fish in the photo below.

Olay şu; her akşam gün batımında, Hindistan ve Pakistan arasındaki tek sınır kapısı olan Wagah sınır kapısı kapatılıyor. Bu kapatma da sanal bir kapatma. Yoksa 3 dakika sonra tekrar açıyorlar. Gel zaman git zaman bu kapatma töreni acayip bir hal almış. Çünkü sınır kapatılırken Hint ve Pakistan askerleri karşı karşıya geliyor. İki tarafında aklı kıt insanları bu olayı milli mesele haline getirmiş. Okuyun, neler oluyor görün.

Özel izin alındı. Akşam güneş batarken yapılan bu tören için yola çıkıldı. Sınıra giderken birkaç kere kontrolden geçildi.  Ve sınıra varıldı.

Kapanış törenini izleyenler için iki tarafta da bildiğin stadyum gibi tribün yapılmış. Tribüne çıkarken benim yabancı olduğumu görünce pasaportum istendi. Ellerindeki listeye baktılar. Daha önceden izin alındığı görüldü. Ve tribüne bırakıldım.

Tüm Pakistan’da gördüğüm en uzun insanları seçip asker yapmışlar ve bu sınır kapısına dikmişler. Ayaklarına da apartman topuklu ayakkabılar geçirmişler. Kafalarındaki sarıklara da kocaman tüyleri dikmişler. Amaç birazdan Hintli askerlerle yan yana gelince daha kısa kalmamak. Aynı hazırlığı karşı tarafta yapmış, belli.

Derken birden “bizim” taraftan 4 tane asker ikili sıra olup çok ama çok sinirli bir şekilde koşmaya yakın hızda uygun adım kapıya doğru yürümeye başladılar. Pat pat pat pat. Bizim taraf coştu birden. Bir baktım karşı taraftan da 4 amca bizim tarafa doğru geliyor. Hintliler de orada yırtınıyor. Bunlar hiç hız kesmeden kapıya kadar gittiler. Kapıda karşı karşıya geldiler ve sert bir şekilde durdular. 4 kişi de sağa sola dağıldı. Bu arada aynı şeyleri karşıda da oluyor. Sonra bir dörtlü grup daha kapıya doğru gitmeye başladı. Ama bu son dörtlü daha da sinirli. Karşıdan da bir dörtlü geliyor. Bizimkisi hala gidiyor. Onlar hala geliyor. Aha şimdi çarpışacaklar diye düşünürken bu iki grubun ilk sırası göğüsleri birbirine değecek ana gelince durdu. Durdu derken çarpıştılar. İki taraf da ayakuçlarında duruyor. Karşılıklı bağırır gibi bir şey söylediler. Herkes o kadar sinirli görünüyor ki. Direkt gözlerinin içine bakıyorlar. Uzaktan belli olmuyor ama kesin gözleri arasında kıvılcımlar gidip geliyor olmalı. Sonra iki tarafta çok sert bir şekilde sağa döndü ve rap rap bayrak direğinin altına gittiler.

Tabi bu çarpışma anında iki tarafta tribünleri dolduran halk deliler gibi bağırıyor. Pakistannnnn, Pakiiistannnn. Indiaaaa, Indiaaaaa. Ellerde bayraklar, önde tezahüratı organize eden amigolar. Bildiğin maç. Ama ortada bir müsabaka yok.

O sinirle ve haşin hareketlerle bayraklar indirildi. Katlandı. Öpüldü. İki tarafın birer adamı yine sinirle ve büyük hızla birbirine doğru yürüdüler. Acı bir frenle durup gördüğüm en sert el sıkışmasını yaptılar. Asker selamı verdiler ve geri döndüler. İkinci gelen dörtlü bayrağı aldı içeri gitti. İlk giden dörtlüler karşı karşıya kaldı.

Kapılar çekildi. Önce Hindistan tarafı kapıyı büyük bir gürültüyle çarptı. Hint tribünleri gol atmış gibi sevindiler. Bizim taraf altında kalır mı? Bizim taraftaki kapıyı iki kat hızlı çarptık. Ve iki kat ses çıkardık. Oleyyyyy. Bizim taraf coşuyor. Bana ne oluyor onu anlamadım. Pis Hintliler bu hareket karşısında kapattığı kapıyı açtı ve daha da sert olarak bir daha çarptı. Vayyyy dedim. Bize yapılacak hareket mi bu. Şimdi kavga çıkacak. Hadi oğlanlar gösterin şu “ot yiyenlere” gününü. Tabi biz de açıp bir daha çarptık. Baktım fena kaptırmışım kendimi. N’oluyor ya dedim. İrkildim ve kendime geldim.

Velhasıl bu tören her akşam ama her akşam oluyor. Her akşam binden fazla insan işi gücü bırakıp sınır kapısına gidiyor. Ve törenden sonra saatlerce ayrılmıyorlar. Çünkü karşı taraf da ayrılmıyor. Kendi açıklamaları, biz ülkemizi size bırakmayız, buradayız, önce siz gidin durumuymuş bu. Aferin size dedim. Bekleyin tabi. 3 dakika sonra o çarpılan kapılar açıldı. Karşıdan Amristar-Lahor otobüsü içindeki bir sürü sarı kafalı yolcuyla sınır kapısından geçti. Trafikte akmaya başladı. Bunca gürültü 3 dakikalık kapatma içinmiş. Bu arada bir Pakistanlının Hindistan’a turistik amaçlı gitmesi nerede ise imkansızmış. Vize verilmiyormuş. Karşı taraf için de durum benzer dediler.

Kendimi bir an Pako gibi hissettim ama çabuk geçti. Sınırı bekleme ve karşıdaki Hintlilerin içeri girmesine engel olma görevini oradaki arkadaşlarıma bırakıp şehre geri döndüm.

Alışveriş

Bilen bilir ben gittiğim her yerden şehre ait magnet alıyorum. Burada da aradım ve bulamadım. Sonra arkadaşlarıma sordum. Ne aradığımı anlamadılar önce. Ne aradığımı tarif etmem gerektiğini fark ettim. Dedim işte buzdolabına yapışan, arkası mıknatıslı, önünde Lahor veya Pakistan yazan bir şey. Sadece isim de olur ama tercihen buradaki ünlü bir bina veya şehir manzarası olsa tadından yenmez.

Herkes boş boş baktı bana öyle bir şeyi neden istiyorsun gibi ve hiç görmediklerini söylediler. Birisi ise süper bir yorum yaptı. Bu tip süs eşyaları genelde ithal ediliyor. Eee bir yabancı neden yaptığı şeyin üzerine Lahor yazsın ki, kendi şehrini yazıp gönderir o nedenle bulamazsın dedi. Zira bulamadım.

2 yıl sonra Karaçi havaalanında Pakistan bayraklı magnet bularak koleksiyonumdaki eksiği kapattım.

Kızıl Kafalar

Burada bazı erkekler saçlarını kırmızıya boyatıyor. Altta beyaz entari ve terlik, esmer ten, kırmızı saç. Tamam tamam gözünüzü kapatıp hayal etmeyin. İşte size bir örnek.

Bu nispeten güzel görünen biri. Bunun daha korkuncu sakalını bıyığını da kırmızıya boyatanlar.

Bunun bir töresel sebebi olmalı. Birkaç kere Arabistan’da da saçları kırmızıya boyatmış erkek gördüm.

Dil

Pakistan’ın resmi dili Urdu. Ama İngilizce de resmi dil ve herkes İngilizce de biliyor . Türkçe ile Urdu arasında çok fazla ortak kelime var. Söylediklerine göre Urdu, Osmanlı ordusunda konuşulan bir dilmiş ve Pakistan’a bizden gitmiş. İsimlerimiz genelde aynı ama farklı yazılıyor. Bizde baştaki O harfi orada U olmuş. Osman, Usman oluyor. Kızılbaş soyadı Qizilbash diye yazılıyor. İdris, Idrees olmuş. Bu hesapla Urdu da bizdeki Ordu ya denk geliyor ki bana anlatılan Osmanlı Ordusundan geliyor tezi ile uyuşuyor.

Benden sonra Türkiye’yi ziyaret eden Pako arkadaşlarım bizdeki İngilizce konuşma oranının düşüklüğünü görünce çok şaşırdılar. Birde kalkıp İngilizcenin onlardaki gibi resmi dillerden biri olmayışını küçümser laflar ettiler. Yüzyıllarını sömürge olarak geçirmiş bu adamlara “bizim kendi dilimiz var, neden başka bir milletinin dilini resmi dil olarak kullanalım ki” durumunu anlatmakta zorluk çektim. Onlar hala Pakistan’da İngilizcenin resmi dillerden biri olmasını gelişmişlik olarak görüyorlar.

Ele Ele Tutuşan Erkekler

Burada bana ilginç gelen şeylerden biri de erkekler ele ele tutuşarak yürüyebiliyor. İlk kez fabrikada birlikte çalıştığım adamlardan birini öyle gördüm. Kendisi bayağı sakallı ve 2 yıl boyunca bir kere bile gülümsemeyen birisiydi. (İlk kez İzmir’de bir duble rakıyı fondip yapınca gülümsediğini gördüm, o ayrı bir hikaye) Toplantıya ara verdik. Hava almak için bahçeye çıktım. Bir baktım Saeed ve Mashood (bizdeki karşılıkları Seyit ve Mesut) ele ele tutuşmuşlar. Sevgili gibi yürüyerek konuşuyorlar. O an fotoğraflarını çekemediğim için pişmanım. Ama bir göreceksiniz el ele tutuşmalarını. Bildiğin liseli sevgili gibiler. O sakallarla falan kaçırılmaması gereken bir sahneydi.

Velhasıl burada böyle bir adet var. Etrafta görüyorum. Sarıklı adamlar, ele ele yürüyor kaldırımda.

Şehir Gezisi

Daha önce söylemiş olduğum gibi 2008 Aralık ayındaki ilk gezimde Lahor daha güvenli bir yerdi. 11 gün fabrika, misafirhane arasındaki geçen, altın kafesteki kuşa benzeyen halime acıyan biri beni çıkarıp şehri gezdirmek istedi. Önce firmadan izin alındı. Araç ayarlandı. Aracı kullanacak ve acil durumlarda güvenliği sağlayacak biri ayarlandı. Benim pasaportumun kopyası güvenlik güçlerine gönderildi ve sınır kapısına gideceğim bildirildi.

Pazar sabahı planlanan saatte öyle bir sis vardı ki 3 metre önünü göremiyordun. Lahor sisli bir yer. Bazen o kadar yoğun oluyor ki yürümek bile zor olabiliyor. Dönüş uçağımın sis nedeni ile 9 saat rötar yapmışlığı ve tüm aktarmalarımı kaçırmışlığım vardır.

Ve Lahor’daki en güzel günüm başladı. Şehrin ana caddelerini gezdik. Caddeler geniş ve arası ağaçlarla ayrılmış. İngilizlerden kalan tipik yol tasarımları bu şekilde. Diyorlar ki caddelerine bakarak bir ülkenin geçmişte İngiliz sömürgesi mi, Fransız sömürgesi mi olduğunu söyleyebilirmişsin.

Merkezdeki güzel eski binalar yine İngiliz döneminden kalma. En büyük ve en güzel bina her zamanki gibi postane. İngilizlerin bu postane sevgisi nedir anlamıyorum. Gittiğim her yerdeki en güzel bina eski İngiliz postanesi çıkıyor.

Minar-e Pakistan

Şehrin sembolü. Kocaman boş bir parkın ortasında bir minare var. Cinnah bir tarihte bu minare altında bağımsızlık bildirisini okuduğu ünlü konuşmasını yapmış.

Lahor Kalesi

Biraz ileride Lahor kalesi var. Pakistan uzun yıllar Moğollar tarafından yönetilmiş. Adetlerinde de, genlerinde de Moğollara ait esintiler mevcut. Bazı insanların gözleri fazlaca çekik.

Kalenin mimarisi ve süslemeleri bildiğimiz kalelerden oldukça farklı. Moğollar fillerle savaştığı için kapısı fillerin geçeceği gibi yapılmış. Sütunlar da fil bacağı formunda. Süslemelerde yine fil figürleri yaygın.

Badshahi Camisi

Kalenin tam karşısındaki şehrin alametifarikası olan camidir. Aynı zamanda beni en çok şaşırtan yapıdır kendisi. Google Earth üzerinde ölçtüğüm kadarı ile 170 metreye 170 metre kırmızı tuğla duvarla çevrilmiş, 4 köşesinde 4 minaresi olan bir yer burası. Ortası bahçe olarak boş bırakılmış. Batı tarafında da cami var.

Bahçenin dışında ayakkabıları çıkarıp yürümeye başlıyorsun. Her şey güzel gidiyor. Karşında güzel bir mimari eser var. Yaklaştıkça camiyi beğenmeye ve büyüklüğü ile etkilenmeye başlıyorsun. Tam kapısına geldim. Nefesim kesildi. O kadar büyük ve heybetli bir kapısı vardı ki, nasıl olurda bu camiyi duymamış oluruz, bizim Sultanahmet’i falan solda sıfır bırakır bu diye düşünmeye başladım. Kapısı bu kadar güzel ve büyükse kimbilir içi nasıldır. Önümde duran dev kubbenin altını hayal bile edemiyordum.

Derken işte o şaşkınlık anı geldi. Merdivenleri çıktım. Caminin kapısından girdim. O ne? Caminin içi yok. Yanlış yerden mi girdim diye baktım. Yoo, basbayağı caminin içi yok. Sadece bahçesi ve kapısı var. İçeri girdiğin noktadan itibaren 10 metre kadar bir derinlik var. Sonra karşında duvar. Hepsi o.

Meğer camide namaz kılınan yer bahçeymiş. Malum burada havalar hep sıcak. Kapalı bir mekan yapmamışlar. Neden bu caminin dünya çapında ünlü olmadığını içine girince anladım. Gerçi yine de bilinen ünlü camilerdenmiş. Daha sonra okuduğum birkaç İslam eserleri yazısında bu camiden bahsediliyordu.

Caminin tüm derinliği bu kadar

Gurdwara

Badshahi camisinin hemen yanında bir Sih tapınağı var. İlk önce bizi Müslümanız diye almak istemediler. Benim yabancı olmam biraz işe yaradı ve 3 saat sonra bizi alabileceğini söylediler.

Bu yazıda sih inanışına girmemeyi planladım.

Tesadüf mü bilmem ama buradaki adamların ve etrafta resimleri olan eski dini liderlerinin gözleri çok farklı. Bir şekilde çok etkileyici bakışları var. Bize kapıyı açan adamın bile gözleri çok farklı bakıyordu.

Şeriat temellerine bağlı olarak yönetilen Pakistan’da din özgürlüğü çok güzel uygulanıyor. Gurdwara ve Badshahi camisi aynı duvarı paylaşan iki tapınak.

Önde Gurdwara arkada Badshahi camisinin minaresi

Konu açılmışken başörtülü kadın oranı Türkiye’nin çok çok altında olmalı. Ben hiç görmedim. Kıyafet alışkanlıkları ve adetleri Hindistan göçünden önceki zamanlardan kaldığı için “islami” kıyafet olarak bilinen giyim tarzını benimsememiş kadınlar.

Old City

Kale ve Caminin doğusu Old City olarak bilinen bir yer. Burada kısa bir tur atmadan Pakistan’daki günlük hayatı gördüm dememelisiniz. Çünkü burası dışında götürüldüğüm yerler %5’lik azınlığın alışveriş yaptığı dükkanlar, aynı kesimin yemek yediği Amerikanvari restoranlar ve kafelerden oluşuyordu.

Burada sokakta kelimenin tam anlamıyla “hayat var”, ve bu hayatı yazı ile değil yukarıdaki fotoğraflarla anlatmayı uygun gördüm. Sadece şunu belirtmek isterim. Buraya girince yine o yanan ampul gibi hissetmeye başladım. Etraftaki herkes kafasını çevirip elinde kamerayla dolaşan, açık tenli, uzun boylu yabancıya bakıyor. Pakistanlılar bariz kısa insanlar. Erkeklerin boy ortalaması 1.70 olmalı. Sınır kapısındaki askerler dışında 1.80’i geçen insan görmedim. Gittiğim her yerde bir Gulliver durumu oluyor. Fotoğraflara bakarsanız insanların kafası hep bana dönük. Benim gibi insan fotoğrafı çekemeyen biri için, bana bakan birini çekmek on kat zor. Bu bakışlar beni oldukça rahatsız hissettirdi.

Yukarıda yazdıklarım genelde olumsuz gibi görünse de tüm bu olumsuzları kapatan insan faktörü gözden kaçmamalı. Bu ülkeyi sevmem deki en büyük etken sıcak ve dost canlısı insanları. Pakistan’da bir sürü arkadaşım var artık. Ve yılda birkaç kez görüşüyoruz. Ya onlar geliyor ya ben gidiyorum.

Şehrin Şarkısı

Ali Zafar – Char Dil Merey: İnanın bu şarkıyı bulmak için çok uğraştım. Pakistan’da müzik kanallarını dinlerken bu parça sık sık çalıyordu. Bir de berimu diye başka bayık şarkı vardı ki onun konumuzla ilgisi yok. 4. günün sabahı uyandım. Bu şarkının melodisi dilime dolanmış. Tüm gün mırıldandım. İşte size klibi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLummMJ9u1g

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Pakistan Impressions | My Eyes


Welcome to my Pakistani memories, which I have visited strangely 4 times in the past 3 years, although there seems to be nothing to love. I was surprised at how long it was when the article was over. There is a lot more to be told, but if I extend it too much, I will be afraid that it will not be read and I have transferred this much.

First Impressions

Where does the first impression begin? Plane. I learned this on the first Pakistani flight. Airplanes do not fall because the mobile phone is on. If it falls, Qatar on my first visitLahr his plane must have fallen. At the time of landing, at least 15 people were talking on the phone at the same time we were sitting. I think the stewardesses are crazy. All four people sitting in a row of four in front of me were trying to make their voices heard at the same time as hello, hello, and salute. The hostess comes and gets angry, warns, and the friends who put the phone in their jacket continue to speak as if the naughty high school student turns around the phone as soon as the hostess turns around.

In addition, everybody on the plane of Pakistan is changing like a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. While boarding, 90% of the passengers got on their western clothes. We had a meal once in a while. I slept a little, I woke up. In the meantime, whatever happened, 90% of the people who came down came down with white, cream enthusiasts. I did not understand what happened between them. Fortunately, my dress had not changed. Now when I wake up on the plane, I look at me first.

So where do the first impressions continue? When I get off the plane, under passport control, when I leave the airport. Here I have experienced the most problematic passport transactions of my life in Pakistan. On my first visit, the accent difference hit before. I replied “Datebö” question 4 times. “Da te boö”, “daa tee boööö”. It turns out that the man who is “date of birth” is curious. In the meantime, to better understand, I leaned against the counter at the chest level in front of me and extended my head to the man, which ended the sincerity between us and the officer who ran a cockroach through the 30-centimeter area between us and the man. Towards the end of the procedure, another insect came and called his friend who had just passed. And I was the only one who noticed and strange these insects. It seems as if insects are no more disgusting than flies around here.Especially in the 4th time they wanted to expel me to the country and expel it, it would be a separate article. I watched with interest how people who want to help me so much cause problems. I waited on a chair for about 8 hours, trying not to feed the insects around. I slept occasionally, woke up, told the same things over and over to 15 different people. When I entered the arm and said, “Get on the plane you came from,” I fluttered. But eventually I entered the country.

My first note to those who will go. When you apply for a visa to the Pakistani embassy, ​​do not believe that they no longer have a visa between the two countries. Insist that I want it anyway. They give it when they insist. On my fourth visit, I was so stumped by the lie that the embassy, ​​which had given me a visa three times in the past, said there is no longer a visa.

Security

Pakistan is where security is the biggest problem with all my travels. In 2008, the environment was much calmer. There was no suicide attack or bombing in Lahore, the city I visited. On a Sunday, they even let me visit the city with a security guard, two local people and a blackened glass jeep. Already all my beautiful photos from that day. In 3 years, political situations have changed a lot. As far as I can follow, there have been more than 15 suicide attacks in Lahore alone. More than 300 people died in these attacks. In response, the company that invited me increased and increased the security measures for my safety. There was a process like this on my last visit. The company’s security manager called me before I left. He told me to send a document, read it and call him back. The document, which started with a section describing the beauties of Lahore and Pakistan, continued with how important my security was to them and what to do next. In order not to stretch the guest too much, this document only describes the process until the meeting. They put a photo. This slipper mustache, briyantin-haired friend is the person to welcome you. Do not talk to anyone other than this person. This is the phone. This is the name. Save it on your mobile phone right now. The vehicle you will get is this brand jeep. This is the plate. This is his photo. Refuse to board another vehicle from this vehicle. In order not to decipher your identity, the person who will meet you will write a different local nickname, not his name, on his sign. Memorize this name. The person who will meet you will be right across the door. You should see him the moment you get out the door. If there was a problem and you did not see it, don’t wait and call, turn left immediately. Quickly walk in front of him. Pass 6 shops. There will be a florist, photocopier, buffet, florist, empty shop. Pass them and enter the 6th shop and close the door. Call us. If the driver cannot find you, he will follow the xxxx steps in order. Bla bla bla…. When you meet, you will be given a bag in the car. The rest of the instructions are in that bag. Know that we will do everything for your safety. Hehheyyttt. I read, I came to the gas. I said okay, just like the James Bond movie. I was out of the door with the expectation of attraction, waiting for me in front of me with a sliding mustache. It was Safdar if I did not remember correctly in my nickname. We got into the car, just in the car. He wasn’t excited at all. I was installed on the back seat. He gave the bag to my hand. I opened. I started reading the new instructions. This document was a bit more reactionary. Take the phone in the bag. Keep it constantly charged. Have your own phone always fully charged. There is a Lahore map in the bag. 3 safe points are indicated on the map. Look at them. If an accident or explosion occurs during your journey, take the appropriate actions below. The rest of the instructions are waiting for you in your room.
a) The driver is himself: You do not interfere with anything, he will do the rest.
b) The driver is not himself, the car is in motion: Get behind the wheel and get away quickly. Never get out of the car. Never try to help anyone. Call us on the phone. Go to the nearest marked point on the map. We do the rest.
c) The driver is not himself, the car is not movable: (I said Aha. Now the event is warming up) Getting out of the car. Don’t try to help anyone. Don’t talk to anyone. Lock the doors. Don’t react even if they say to you, open the door, talk, shout. Do not look directly on anyone’s face, make eye contact. Always look at the ground. If you can, pretend to be crying. Call us. We’ll take care of the rest. (Each option ends with we’ll take care of the rest.) People are waiting for the D option, but there is no D option. Because the only option left is that I’m not myself either. Then they did not expect me to do anything. We arrived home. At the door, uncle with beard, Osama’s father-in-law type, weak and hand with kalashnikov are waiting. The first 3 times I stayed in an extremely beautiful, luxurious villa in the city center with similar security measures. The house was very comfortable. Uşaklar, chefs and so on … Last time I was staying outside the city in a more troubled place for security. The main problem was that a lot of Europeans had to stay here, and none of them wanted to come. Security persuasion has been exaggerated to convince those people. I got my share too. I entered my room. Like a grave. No windows. There is a 20X20 vent hole in the ceiling. A post on the wall. The reason for not having a window in this room is that this room is “blast proof”. They wanted to say nothing would happen in the explosions. Okay so be it. I sat on the bed. A post on the wall next to me.
“When there is an explosion or attack, jump right into the space to the left of the bed”.
So, nothing happened in the explosion? Let’s continue reading.
“There is everything needed”.
You look, they put a gas mask, water, juice, chocolate, radio and a cell phone attached to the charger.
“There’s food here that will handle you for 2 days. Listen out on the radio. The same writing and materials are looking at you while sitting on the toilet again. I was nervous for the first time sitting on the toilet. I did not like the idea of ​​sitting on the toilet for 2 days, eating wafers and listening to the radio. Let me not bore you with so much security text. But there is more, believe it. After all, nothing happened as long as I was there. The journey, which started like agent films, continued without any excitement and excitement as much as the Turkish art films of the 1980s.

First Meeting with the City

Of course, the first meeting was on my first visit. So in calm times. My host, who hosted me, took me to a shopping center where cheap electronics were sold for shopping. Hafeez Center is a place like the Pakistani version of the East Bank in Istanbul. Of course, this version creates a more serious difference than you think. Since I did not want to look like a pale self with shocking surprise, I could not take a photo other than a few frames with the huge camera in my hand. Here’s what I shot. It will give you an idea of ​​the environment.The first thing that gets my attention about this place is the armed people. There is a kind of primitive rifle in the crowd that goes back to the beard core, which they call a pipe weapon, and you will say that what is there is soldier, police and security. However, these men do not have uniforms, they have a slipper on their feet, our Sümerbank striped pajamas, and a jacket or dress on it. The type is terrible, he has a gun, no formal clothes. I think if I should be afraid of this man or should I take refuge in it if something happens? Who are good guys here, who are bad guys is hard to understand. They all look like bad guys to our eyes.While I was waiting for the shopping of my host, I was standing in front of the elevators in Lahore’s biggest electronic shopping center. Around was relatively empty. Nobody seemed to be using the elevator. Just from curiosity, I pressed the call button of the elevator on the left in the photo. And the elevator started to come. Wow, when he was surprised that he was working, the elevator came and an invisible person opened the door of his elevator. There was a man sitting on the floor with pillows and something like a bed. He pushed the elevator door from the inside and took off his head. The head that came out from the handle level of the door was surprised because he was sitting, but when I saw the inside from the range, I realized that this man actually lived in that elevator. Who called me looked around at me and closed the door.Like all old British colonies, traffic flows from the left. Roads are much better than I expected in the city center. Especially in late 2010, road quality passed us.

But there is no such thing as the quality of the traffic will be directly proportional to the quality of the road.

The distribution of vehicles you see when you look at an average street is as follows. 40% motorcycle / bike, 10% donkey, 10% cart, 20% truck, 20% car.

All these vehicles act extremely quickly and in great harmony, ignoring the traffic rules that are not applied, regardless of any lane concept. I have not seen any accidents. There is no scratch or dent in the cars. The men have exceeded driving. It is not possible to understand why Finns or Brazilians succeed in F1 races. If a Pako joins, believe it will throw the dust of the track.

Nothing like fast lane, slow lane. In the rightmost lane (which should be the fast lane here), someone can go with 30. He can pass his left seeing him. It can also pass right. If there is room, it can also enter the opposite lane. Everything is possible.

The strangeness I see in traffic does not end with telling. For one thing they use motorcycles like minibuses. It is very common to see 2 people, 3 people, 4 people on a single motorcycle. And the motorcycle that goes with 4 people is not going calmly. He scissors, lays left and right, speeding. My record was to see a motorcycle for 6 people. Do not assume that the device carrying 6 people is a FatBoy. Scooter disruption you know. Here is the proof.

The trucks are decorated. I’m not talking about a little bit of processing or painting. Trucks are not visible from the top. So much so that the truck driver is not able to see out of the bus. Because the chassis, cabin and side of the truck are covered with ornaments. It was not enough, the side windows were decorated with ornaments, and they closed the mirrors. Then they passed and looked at him. They said, “Hmmm it was nice, but the windshield was empty, let’s paint it a little bit,” and they painted the windshield. Of course, they did not forget to leave a hole so that the driver could see outside. After all, you cannot ignore traffic safety. You carry life. They said that these decorations were a fortune and I did not see a truck without ornaments. The second interesting habit is that these help-loving men save fuel by pulling a bike or another motorcycle while riding on a motorcycle. They do this not with a rope, but by hand. Two men on two engines hold each other with their idle hands while holding the handlebars with one hand. And in this way, without losing their balance, passing the two engines together, they go hand in hand with the motto that the force comes from unity in traffic.


Buses are similar, albeit not so much. The ceilings, windows, and the rotten parts of the sides are decorated with paintings and ornaments.

Speaking of buses, public transportation is also very nice. When it is said to be filled with minibus, I pass the Topkapı-Esenler minibuses that I rode in Istanbul during my university years (d). After it was full, the driver was able to get 19 people standing. It turns out that that friend had a lot to learn. He didn’t think of the top of the rear bumper and roof. The photo below will tell you what I mean.


Another observation that does not have a photo is school services. I don’t know how many hundreds of kids are in the bus anymore. But I can count dozens of cheeks and heads on the glass like Garfield. On the bus, about 20 children were going airy airy, wrapped in their bags and cross-legged. Don’t get me wrong, the bus is one-story.

My last traffic observation is; the guys are so calm. They never, ever get angry. The man in the front has blocked the road and the jingle is going. Our driver is pushing the horn, 45 seconds without interruption. The horn that plays so long is really annoying. The man in front slowly moves to the left and leads you. Are you kidding me. Neither passing nor passing is the smallest nerve. If you sound someone horn for 45 seconds all the time, a definite fight will occur. Sometimes cars go head-to-head. You say we crashed. They stop at the last minute. They continue as if nothing has happened, as one does not say to the other and what my brother said.

Eat

My expectation for food was that it was similar to Indian food, but it has absolutely nothing to do with it. It looks more like us. They love spicy, spicy and meat-based dishes. Pilaf is an indispensable food. The rice I ate was really good. Unlike us, they boil the pilaf without roasting first. They don’t absorb your water. They strain like pasta. And like far eastern pilaf, it is not mush. They have one, but very light pilaf. Sometimes they put cardamom in it.

Meals are eaten by hand. At least the locals are eating by hand. Everywhere came to me cutlery. With our lavash-like bread, they grasp and throw pilaf, meat, or whatever. There is only the right-handed meal here. I will explain this issue in Indian observations, not in this article. Because, considering the course, this article will be too long.

A mockery is made with every foreigner who comes, “You cannot eat our food, we eat very painfully, you cannot bear it”. I enjoyed distorting these men, who were unaware of my Urfa origins, about pain in every meal.

The way that meat and chickens in dishes are cut in something I don’t like and understand. With us, meats are cut. It is separated from the bone and put into the food. Only if there is a special reason, it is put into the meal together with the bone. He also cut the bone in a suitable place. When these guys buy a chicken, they do not separate from the bones and use the flesh and cut the chicken into 15 square pieces in one line. It does not matter whether there are bones, wings, meat. And we couldn’t imagine how much bone a chicken could have. Three quarters of each piece you put on the plate is bone. You’re trying to get a piece of meat out of it. You never have a chance to find a piece of meaty meat like we do. And since the bones are not cut from the joints, the abudic gubudic parts are always exposed. Something that is missing appetite.

On my 3rd visit they took me to a special place. A place with only mutton. They straighten the sheep with the previous technique. Then they collect the tail and fat of the sheep that they melt at high temperatures and use it as frying oil and fry the cubes made of meat and bone in that oil. You eat something like a bed, lying on its side. Then you sneak there and sleep. It was very nice.

We drank the best green tea I’ve ever had. It was a sweet and fragrant tea boiled with sugar and cardamom. They said you should drink this to dissolve the fat you just ate. I took 4-5 Turkish coffee cups like cups.

And and we came to the subject of Paan. I will explain it in more detail in the Indian article, but let me give as much information as necessary to describe the event I am experiencing here. What is called Paan is a kind that is consumed in India and Pakistan region. Yeah well. Because there is nothing I can compare. The leaf of a tree called Batel is taken. 40 kinds of irrelevant things are placed in it. Spices, herbs, jams, candies, bitter things… Packs are made. It is taken into mouth and chewed. What was clearing the breath, facilitating digestion. When you chew this, your mouth turns red. But I’m talking about a blood-red color. On the way, when you notice someone who leaned on the sidewalk here and seemed to vomit blood, you realize that he spits out the paan he chews. When I bargain with a rickshaw in Mumbai, I never forget the red liquids that flow from the edge of his mouth to his chin and the slurry in his mouth. Again, the reason why all the pavements and walls in India are red is the spit of those who break the paan. Sometimes, tobacco or herbal herbs were also placed in this bundle.

After a meal on my third visit, I was afraid when I was driving to the car. “Kamil have you ever broken a paan?” I also have a rule. Once I decided I would eat everything offered. “I said no. Oooo said you can’t say I was Pakistani without eating paan. Well, I didn’t claim to be Pakistani anyway, but I couldn’t say anything. We went to a buffet-like place. Believe from that buffet, if you buy a can of coke, you won’t drink it.

You should read the cleaning header to fully understand what I mean. 3 paan orders were placed. The man took out 3 sheets. Put it on the counter. He pulled out a pot and poured some dust from it. He took out another container and poured it from another brown powder. Then he put some herbs.

Poured something dried. I recognized the only coconut among them. Then he bought something like a shoeshine box. He sunk his finger. Like the tiny yellow paint left inside his nail, he hopped the index finger with his fingernail. Then he took the jar of honey or jam and dipped his finger. He poured the honey flowing from his finger, and poured it over the mixture in fine lines. Then he made a huge bundle. The two Pako next to me opened their mouths like baby birds waiting for worms from their mother. Paan master placed his work of art in his mouth with his own hands. I stretched my hand to get it. My friends, whose mouths were too full to speak, made signs like “No way, open your mouth”.

My stomach was up. And those flavors did not help at all. “Concentrate Kamil, I shouldn’t grind, I shouldn’t grind, once I grind, the continuation comes, I should think of something else, think of good moments, concentrate, you can do it”. After a while that mass was broken. But it never disappeared. “How long will we chew?” I asked. No matter how much you want, they gradually disappear. I wanted to cry when you said you can chew for 45 minutes. It had been 1.5 minutes, and I was dreaming that he would chew and spit for 3 minutes. When I got in the car, I spit half of my mouth without hitting it. I had to keep the rest mourn in my mouth along the way. I am a solid stomach, I eat everything, my stomach started to rise as his man’s hand came to my mouth.

May Allah make you believe that the man put 4 fingers in my mouth and pushed the bundle up to my throat. It stopped when it rested on my small tongue. Everyone is looking at me. They point to a chew. And I started to chew. Every time I chew, another taste comes to your mouth. Sour, sweet, bitter, strange. There was nothing beautiful inside.

To better understand the gravity of the situation, you should look at the photos and those fingers that belong to the hand entering my mouth.

Cleaning

Although I don’t like generalizing on societies, I have to say; Pakistani are not very clean people. Of course, there can be a minority living in better living standards in every community. Conditions can be improved. But society’s perception of cleanliness and habits do not change much.

Okay, living conditions are very difficult here, the income level is very low, poverty is beyond the limits we can understand but none of them explains this mess.

For example, while a housewife cleans the toilet in her house, she washes her hand by inserting it into the hole of the toilet. So we don’t even think of putting our hands into the hole of the toilet, even with gloves. For them, this is something that can be done with bare hands.

There are people living in very difficult conditions in our Anatolian villages. They live on the soil in mud brick house. But those people sweep the soil they are sitting on. He does not pile up trash in one corner of his room and live with it. It regulates the door slightly. It may be torn, but if a meal is poured on it, they do not travel for 15 days with food spots.

We went to eat somewhere here. The walls are black at waist level. When I say black, it is literally black. It’s not gray. With lightening up and down from waist level, it reaches light gray on the ceiling with different shades of gray. This wall was once white. I guess 25 years ago. It has become this over time. A person does not feel uncomfortable with this. There is a sink right across the wall. It was a white sink we once knew. It is very dark gray right now. An area of ​​1.5 centimeters just around the hole where the water goes is a little lighter gray. I can see that if I rub my nail, I can scratch a 2-inch black layer. I have never seen anything like this in my life.

This place is the place that makes the most beautiful fish in Lahore. They took me to the roof because I was a stranger. They set up a separate table for us. Unlike the others, they brought plates and paper to wipe our hands. And we ate the fried fish in the photo below.

Olay şu; her akşam gün batımında, Hindistan ve Pakistan arasındaki tek sınır kapısı olan Wagah sınır kapısı kapatılıyor. Bu kapatma da sanal bir kapatma. Yoksa 3 dakika sonra tekrar açıyorlar. Gel zaman git zaman bu kapatma töreni acayip bir hal almış. Çünkü sınır kapatılırken Hint ve Pakistan askerleri karşı karşıya geliyor. İki tarafında aklı kıt insanları bu olayı milli mesele haline getirmiş. Okuyun, neler oluyor görün.

Özel izin alındı. Akşam güneş batarken yapılan bu tören için yola çıkıldı. Sınıra giderken birkaç kere kontrolden geçildi.  Ve sınıra varıldı.

Kapanış törenini izleyenler için iki tarafta da bildiğin stadyum gibi tribün yapılmış. Tribüne çıkarken benim yabancı olduğumu görünce pasaportum istendi. Ellerindeki listeye baktılar. Daha önceden izin alındığı görüldü. Ve tribüne bırakıldım.

Tüm Pakistan’da gördüğüm en uzun insanları seçip asker yapmışlar ve bu sınır kapısına dikmişler. Ayaklarına da apartman topuklu ayakkabılar geçirmişler. Kafalarındaki sarıklara da kocaman tüyleri dikmişler. Amaç birazdan Hintli askerlerle yan yana gelince daha kısa kalmamak. Aynı hazırlığı karşı tarafta yapmış, belli.

Derken birden “bizim” taraftan 4 tane asker ikili sıra olup çok ama çok sinirli bir şekilde koşmaya yakın hızda uygun adım kapıya doğru yürümeye başladılar. Pat pat pat pat. Bizim taraf coştu birden. Bir baktım karşı taraftan da 4 amca bizim tarafa doğru geliyor. Hintliler de orada yırtınıyor. Bunlar hiç hız kesmeden kapıya kadar gittiler. Kapıda karşı karşıya geldiler ve sert bir şekilde durdular. 4 kişi de sağa sola dağıldı. Bu arada aynı şeyleri karşıda da oluyor. Sonra bir dörtlü grup daha kapıya doğru gitmeye başladı. Ama bu son dörtlü daha da sinirli. Karşıdan da bir dörtlü geliyor. Bizimkisi hala gidiyor. Onlar hala geliyor. Aha şimdi çarpışacaklar diye düşünürken bu iki grubun ilk sırası göğüsleri birbirine değecek ana gelince durdu. Durdu derken çarpıştılar. İki taraf da ayakuçlarında duruyor. Karşılıklı bağırır gibi bir şey söylediler. Herkes o kadar sinirli görünüyor ki. Direkt gözlerinin içine bakıyorlar. Uzaktan belli olmuyor ama kesin gözleri arasında kıvılcımlar gidip geliyor olmalı. Sonra iki tarafta çok sert bir şekilde sağa döndü ve rap rap bayrak direğinin altına gittiler.

Tabi bu çarpışma anında iki tarafta tribünleri dolduran halk deliler gibi bağırıyor. Pakistannnnn, Pakiiistannnn. Indiaaaa, Indiaaaaa. Ellerde bayraklar, önde tezahüratı organize eden amigolar. Bildiğin maç. Ama ortada bir müsabaka yok.

O sinirle ve haşin hareketlerle bayraklar indirildi. Katlandı. Öpüldü. İki tarafın birer adamı yine sinirle ve büyük hızla birbirine doğru yürüdüler. Acı bir frenle durup gördüğüm en sert el sıkışmasını yaptılar. Asker selamı verdiler ve geri döndüler. İkinci gelen dörtlü bayrağı aldı içeri gitti. İlk giden dörtlüler karşı karşıya kaldı.

Kapılar çekildi. Önce Hindistan tarafı kapıyı büyük bir gürültüyle çarptı. Hint tribünleri gol atmış gibi sevindiler. Bizim taraf altında kalır mı? Bizim taraftaki kapıyı iki kat hızlı çarptık. Ve iki kat ses çıkardık. Oleyyyyy. Bizim taraf coşuyor. Bana ne oluyor onu anlamadım. Pis Hintliler bu hareket karşısında kapattığı kapıyı açtı ve daha da sert olarak bir daha çarptı. Vayyyy dedim. Bize yapılacak hareket mi bu. Şimdi kavga çıkacak. Hadi oğlanlar gösterin şu “ot yiyenlere” gününü. Tabi biz de açıp bir daha çarptık. Baktım fena kaptırmışım kendimi. N’oluyor ya dedim. İrkildim ve kendime geldim.

Velhasıl bu tören her akşam ama her akşam oluyor. Her akşam binden fazla insan işi gücü bırakıp sınır kapısına gidiyor. Ve törenden sonra saatlerce ayrılmıyorlar. Çünkü karşı taraf da ayrılmıyor. Kendi açıklamaları, biz ülkemizi size bırakmayız, buradayız, önce siz gidin durumuymuş bu. Aferin size dedim. Bekleyin tabi. 3 dakika sonra o çarpılan kapılar açıldı. Karşıdan Amristar-Lahor otobüsü içindeki bir sürü sarı kafalı yolcuyla sınır kapısından geçti. Trafikte akmaya başladı. Bunca gürültü 3 dakikalık kapatma içinmiş. Bu arada bir Pakistanlının Hindistan’a turistik amaçlı gitmesi nerede ise imkansızmış. Vize verilmiyormuş. Karşı taraf için de durum benzer dediler.

Kendimi bir an Pako gibi hissettim ama çabuk geçti. Sınırı bekleme ve karşıdaki Hintlilerin içeri girmesine engel olma görevini oradaki arkadaşlarıma bırakıp şehre geri döndüm.

Alışveriş

Bilen bilir ben gittiğim her yerden şehre ait magnet alıyorum. Burada da aradım ve bulamadım. Sonra arkadaşlarıma sordum. Ne aradığımı anlamadılar önce. Ne aradığımı tarif etmem gerektiğini fark ettim. Dedim işte buzdolabına yapışan, arkası mıknatıslı, önünde Lahor veya Pakistan yazan bir şey. Sadece isim de olur ama tercihen buradaki ünlü bir bina veya şehir manzarası olsa tadından yenmez.

Herkes boş boş baktı bana öyle bir şeyi neden istiyorsun gibi ve hiç görmediklerini söylediler. Birisi ise süper bir yorum yaptı. Bu tip süs eşyaları genelde ithal ediliyor. Eee bir yabancı neden yaptığı şeyin üzerine Lahor yazsın ki, kendi şehrini yazıp gönderir o nedenle bulamazsın dedi. Zira bulamadım.

2 yıl sonra Karaçi havaalanında Pakistan bayraklı magnet bularak koleksiyonumdaki eksiği kapattım.

Kızıl Kafalar

Burada bazı erkekler saçlarını kırmızıya boyatıyor. Altta beyaz entari ve terlik, esmer ten, kırmızı saç. Tamam tamam gözünüzü kapatıp hayal etmeyin. İşte size bir örnek.

Bu nispeten güzel görünen biri. Bunun daha korkuncu sakalını bıyığını da kırmızıya boyatanlar.

Bunun bir töresel sebebi olmalı. Birkaç kere Arabistan’da da saçları kırmızıya boyatmış erkek gördüm.

Dil

Pakistan’ın resmi dili Urdu. Ama İngilizce de resmi dil ve herkes İngilizce de biliyor . Türkçe ile Urdu arasında çok fazla ortak kelime var. Söylediklerine göre Urdu, Osmanlı ordusunda konuşulan bir dilmiş ve Pakistan’a bizden gitmiş. İsimlerimiz genelde aynı ama farklı yazılıyor. Bizde baştaki O harfi orada U olmuş. Osman, Usman oluyor. Kızılbaş soyadı Qizilbash diye yazılıyor. İdris, Idrees olmuş. Bu hesapla Urdu da bizdeki Ordu ya denk geliyor ki bana anlatılan Osmanlı Ordusundan geliyor tezi ile uyuşuyor.

Benden sonra Türkiye’yi ziyaret eden Pako arkadaşlarım bizdeki İngilizce konuşma oranının düşüklüğünü görünce çok şaşırdılar. Birde kalkıp İngilizcenin onlardaki gibi resmi dillerden biri olmayışını küçümser laflar ettiler. Yüzyıllarını sömürge olarak geçirmiş bu adamlara “bizim kendi dilimiz var, neden başka bir milletinin dilini resmi dil olarak kullanalım ki” durumunu anlatmakta zorluk çektim. Onlar hala Pakistan’da İngilizcenin resmi dillerden biri olmasını gelişmişlik olarak görüyorlar.

Ele Ele Tutuşan Erkekler

Burada bana ilginç gelen şeylerden biri de erkekler ele ele tutuşarak yürüyebiliyor. İlk kez fabrikada birlikte çalıştığım adamlardan birini öyle gördüm. Kendisi bayağı sakallı ve 2 yıl boyunca bir kere bile gülümsemeyen birisiydi. (İlk kez İzmir’de bir duble rakıyı fondip yapınca gülümsediğini gördüm, o ayrı bir hikaye) Toplantıya ara verdik. Hava almak için bahçeye çıktım. Bir baktım Saeed ve Mashood (bizdeki karşılıkları Seyit ve Mesut) ele ele tutuşmuşlar. Sevgili gibi yürüyerek konuşuyorlar. O an fotoğraflarını çekemediğim için pişmanım. Ama bir göreceksiniz el ele tutuşmalarını. Bildiğin liseli sevgili gibiler. O sakallarla falan kaçırılmaması gereken bir sahneydi.

Velhasıl burada böyle bir adet var. Etrafta görüyorum. Sarıklı adamlar, ele ele yürüyor kaldırımda.

Şehir Gezisi

Daha önce söylemiş olduğum gibi 2008 Aralık ayındaki ilk gezimde Lahor daha güvenli bir yerdi. 11 gün fabrika, misafirhane arasındaki geçen, altın kafesteki kuşa benzeyen halime acıyan biri beni çıkarıp şehri gezdirmek istedi. Önce firmadan izin alındı. Araç ayarlandı. Aracı kullanacak ve acil durumlarda güvenliği sağlayacak biri ayarlandı. Benim pasaportumun kopyası güvenlik güçlerine gönderildi ve sınır kapısına gideceğim bildirildi.

Pazar sabahı planlanan saatte öyle bir sis vardı ki 3 metre önünü göremiyordun. Lahor sisli bir yer. Bazen o kadar yoğun oluyor ki yürümek bile zor olabiliyor. Dönüş uçağımın sis nedeni ile 9 saat rötar yapmışlığı ve tüm aktarmalarımı kaçırmışlığım vardır.

Ve Lahor’daki en güzel günüm başladı. Şehrin ana caddelerini gezdik. Caddeler geniş ve arası ağaçlarla ayrılmış. İngilizlerden kalan tipik yol tasarımları bu şekilde. Diyorlar ki caddelerine bakarak bir ülkenin geçmişte İngiliz sömürgesi mi, Fransız sömürgesi mi olduğunu söyleyebilirmişsin.

Merkezdeki güzel eski binalar yine İngiliz döneminden kalma. En büyük ve en güzel bina her zamanki gibi postane. İngilizlerin bu postane sevgisi nedir anlamıyorum. Gittiğim her yerdeki en güzel bina eski İngiliz postanesi çıkıyor.

Minar-e Pakistan

Şehrin sembolü. Kocaman boş bir parkın ortasında bir minare var. Cinnah bir tarihte bu minare altında bağımsızlık bildirisini okuduğu ünlü konuşmasını yapmış.

Lahor Kalesi

Biraz ileride Lahor kalesi var. Pakistan uzun yıllar Moğollar tarafından yönetilmiş. Adetlerinde de, genlerinde de Moğollara ait esintiler mevcut. Bazı insanların gözleri fazlaca çekik.

Kalenin mimarisi ve süslemeleri bildiğimiz kalelerden oldukça farklı. Moğollar fillerle savaştığı için kapısı fillerin geçeceği gibi yapılmış. Sütunlar da fil bacağı formunda. Süslemelerde yine fil figürleri yaygın.

Badshahi Camisi

Kalenin tam karşısındaki şehrin alametifarikası olan camidir. Aynı zamanda beni en çok şaşırtan yapıdır kendisi. Google Earth üzerinde ölçtüğüm kadarı ile 170 metreye 170 metre kırmızı tuğla duvarla çevrilmiş, 4 köşesinde 4 minaresi olan bir yer burası. Ortası bahçe olarak boş bırakılmış. Batı tarafında da cami var.

Bahçenin dışında ayakkabıları çıkarıp yürümeye başlıyorsun. Her şey güzel gidiyor. Karşında güzel bir mimari eser var. Yaklaştıkça camiyi beğenmeye ve büyüklüğü ile etkilenmeye başlıyorsun. Tam kapısına geldim. Nefesim kesildi. O kadar büyük ve heybetli bir kapısı vardı ki, nasıl olurda bu camiyi duymamış oluruz, bizim Sultanahmet’i falan solda sıfır bırakır bu diye düşünmeye başladım. Kapısı bu kadar güzel ve büyükse kimbilir içi nasıldır. Önümde duran dev kubbenin altını hayal bile edemiyordum.

Derken işte o şaşkınlık anı geldi. Merdivenleri çıktım. Caminin kapısından girdim. O ne? Caminin içi yok. Yanlış yerden mi girdim diye baktım. Yoo, basbayağı caminin içi yok. Sadece bahçesi ve kapısı var. İçeri girdiğin noktadan itibaren 10 metre kadar bir derinlik var. Sonra karşında duvar. Hepsi o.

Meğer camide namaz kılınan yer bahçeymiş. Malum burada havalar hep sıcak. Kapalı bir mekan yapmamışlar. Neden bu caminin dünya çapında ünlü olmadığını içine girince anladım. Gerçi yine de bilinen ünlü camilerdenmiş. Daha sonra okuduğum birkaç İslam eserleri yazısında bu camiden bahsediliyordu.

Caminin tüm derinliği bu kadar

Gurdwara

Badshahi camisinin hemen yanında bir Sih tapınağı var. İlk önce bizi Müslümanız diye almak istemediler. Benim yabancı olmam biraz işe yaradı ve 3 saat sonra bizi alabileceğini söylediler.

Bu yazıda sih inanışına girmemeyi planladım.

Tesadüf mü bilmem ama buradaki adamların ve etrafta resimleri olan eski dini liderlerinin gözleri çok farklı. Bir şekilde çok etkileyici bakışları var. Bize kapıyı açan adamın bile gözleri çok farklı bakıyordu.

Şeriat temellerine bağlı olarak yönetilen Pakistan’da din özgürlüğü çok güzel uygulanıyor. Gurdwara ve Badshahi camisi aynı duvarı paylaşan iki tapınak.

Önde Gurdwara arkada Badshahi camisinin minaresi

Konu açılmışken başörtülü kadın oranı Türkiye’nin çok çok altında olmalı. Ben hiç görmedim. Kıyafet alışkanlıkları ve adetleri Hindistan göçünden önceki zamanlardan kaldığı için “islami” kıyafet olarak bilinen giyim tarzını benimsememiş kadınlar.

Old City

Kale ve Caminin doğusu Old City olarak bilinen bir yer. Burada kısa bir tur atmadan Pakistan’daki günlük hayatı gördüm dememelisiniz. Çünkü burası dışında götürüldüğüm yerler %5’lik azınlığın alışveriş yaptığı dükkanlar, aynı kesimin yemek yediği Amerikanvari restoranlar ve kafelerden oluşuyordu.

Burada sokakta kelimenin tam anlamıyla “hayat var”, ve bu hayatı yazı ile değil yukarıdaki fotoğraflarla anlatmayı uygun gördüm. Sadece şunu belirtmek isterim. Buraya girince yine o yanan ampul gibi hissetmeye başladım. Etraftaki herkes kafasını çevirip elinde kamerayla dolaşan, açık tenli, uzun boylu yabancıya bakıyor. Pakistanlılar bariz kısa insanlar. Erkeklerin boy ortalaması 1.70 olmalı. Sınır kapısındaki askerler dışında 1.80’i geçen insan görmedim. Gittiğim her yerde bir Gulliver durumu oluyor. Fotoğraflara bakarsanız insanların kafası hep bana dönük. Benim gibi insan fotoğrafı çekemeyen biri için, bana bakan birini çekmek on kat zor. Bu bakışlar beni oldukça rahatsız hissettirdi.

Yukarıda yazdıklarım genelde olumsuz gibi görünse de tüm bu olumsuzları kapatan insan faktörü gözden kaçmamalı. Bu ülkeyi sevmem deki en büyük etken sıcak ve dost canlısı insanları. Pakistan’da bir sürü arkadaşım var artık. Ve yılda birkaç kez görüşüyoruz. Ya onlar geliyor ya ben gidiyorum.

Şehrin Şarkısı

Ali Zafar – Char Dil Merey: İnanın bu şarkıyı bulmak için çok uğraştım. Pakistan’da müzik kanallarını dinlerken bu parça sık sık çalıyordu. Bir de berimu diye başka bayık şarkı vardı ki onun konumuzla ilgisi yok. 4. günün sabahı uyandım. Bu şarkının melodisi dilime dolanmış. Tüm gün mırıldandım. İşte size klibi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLummMJ9u1g

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South African Impressions | My Eyes


My first impressions about the country I went to always start on the plane. How many tourists are going, how many are there, why do the people returning to their country come from? People with an African appearance are waiting for the plane in South Africa. I met a group of almost all blondes. The number of black-skinned people I can see has not exceeded 4-5. I enter my darkest 10% tongue on the plane.

The distribution of people I see at the airport is not much different from our aircraft. After all, we are at the international airport. Soon I will go to domestic lines and fly with South African Airways. I said the situation should change there, but it was no different. I’m still averaged brunette.

The number of black people has increased slightly, but the reason is the Indians. Durban was the city with the largest Indian population living outside India in the world. I started to wonder where these Africans are.

I will spend 5 days in Durban for business reasons. As a guest house is set up instead of a hotel, I will not have the opportunity to go to the city. So don’t expect too much Durban impression.

The first highlights are: Everywhere is lush. Traffic from the left. There are only houses with garden, without housing, only very beautiful design. Even at the airport, many people walk barefoot. Mostly, whites do not wear shoes. Africans are still not around, I started to wonder. If someone takes a picture in my environment and says “Which of these are African, find?” Everyone shows me.

As soon as I entered my room, my first job was to fill the sink and watch the water drain. Indeed, the water flushed counterclockwise. I have tried it on the equator before. It was not stable, it was turning like that. Thus, I have clarified this issue.

Impressions after five days;

I found the Africans I was looking for on Monday. They were all at the factory.

I thought I saw every kind of electrical outlet. They have a strange electrical outlet that I haven’t seen anywhere and that no universal plug-in kit supports. It looks like the UK standard, but different. Like in other British colonial countries, these also have a switch next to the electrical outlets. The existence of this key is still very unnecessary to me

Our flies came sympathetic when they saw their flies. For one thing, the flies here are so ugly. It is a little scary. It’s pretty bold. It’s crazy enough. I chased the fly put on me. The fly did not escape and looked up at me. I didn’t know that flies could do such a move. I did not go, I hit with my finger. The friend got angry and flew over and attacked my face. Even the fly of my hometown looks different.

Africans are very cold. The weather is 20 degrees and extremely comfortable, but all Africans outside are wearing sweaters. He wore coats on it. He wore a beret on the head that was not enough. Whereas I’m just comfortable with the shirt. The whites around are already barefoot. Well, it’s not a hot country, it’s not used to it, because there are 4 seasons here. The winter average is 4 degrees when you enter 50 km from Durban. Cape Town has an average of 22 degrees in the hottest month of summer. But come see that these people are cold.

There is a habit of eating an abnormal chips around. While waiting to be picked up at the airport, six out of 10 people passing by were eating chips. No, I thought they were distributing sample chips in the corner. The 10-year-old boy, the 30-year-old woman, and the 50-year-old man were walking around with bags of chips in their hands. Seeing that every employee in the dining hall at the factory on weekdays ate a pack of chips on the dish, it became official that there was something odd about it. There is no such dominant type of chips, whatever they find. Lays, Cheetos, Fritos, Pringles. These chips companies have done a very successful promotion work here. Obesity is close here too.

The name of the city that we call Yohanesburg is Cöhenesbörg customer.

When I heard that the people I spoke to were Turkish, they talked about Galatasaray. Galatasaray is still our best known team.

It was a Diwali holiday on Wednesday evening. Diwali is the biggest holiday of Hindus after Holi. When I was in India 2.5 years ago, I missed Holi with only 1 day and I was very upset. In Holi, paint war is fought on the streets like crazy. Everyone gets covered with paint from head to toe. The day I left, they were preparing sacks of paints.

Diwali is a feast of light. Fireworks were thrown without interruption until 11 at night. Every house where Hindus live throw their own fireworks. Houses are decorated with lights. Candles are burning. The gods who chose the most beautifully illuminated house stay in that house for a year and bring abundance. Sanesh told me so. I hope he didn’t fool me.

Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium

I want to go to the city one evening, but everyone around me insists on it. They say it is unsafe. I have heard this in many places until today and have not felt any discomfort. In Pakistan, under the Taliban control, I was not afraid to go out even while waiting for the men with beard, feet with slippers and hand with kalashnikov at my door. Then I got a car set up on Thursday evening and went to the city. The British woman who ran the guesthouse I was staying in was more surprised when I saw my camera. Are you taking him too? I was scared for the first time when he said that you can come without him if you don’t reveal much. The end result was not losing the camera but losing the camera.

My golden-haired driver, let me go to the stadium and go out of this 500-meter field. Then eat there. He said I’ll be back in 2.5 hours. When he said that I wouldn’t have a person on the beach, he replied, “If you love your camera, stroke.”

Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium

So I turned around the stats made for pure pure world cup. I had dinner at the pub under the tribune. The whole activity took 45 minutes. In the remaining time, I watched a rugby match with a group of people.

By the way, their stadiums are really beautiful. It looks like a basket from a distance. There is a belt that looks like the handle of the basket. The ropes were covered with ropes from that arch. Some nights, when it lights up, it looks like a basket. A cable car-like system was installed on that arch. They carry men up the hill with a ticket all day. You can see the whole city from there. It can also be reached on foot with 500 steps. I missed this activity because it ended at 17:00 last time.

I left early on Friday and went to Ushaka Marine World. This is an ocean-themed park and entertainment center. They have activities such as diving with sharks, playing with dolphins, walking in glass bells. Beach service was also provided in December, January, in the middle of summer.

In the middle of the facility, they turned a really big, but really big old ship into a restaurant. They covered one of the load sections in the middle of it with glass and put 3 sharks of 2.5 meters inside. The depth of the aquarium is 8 meters.

Ushaka Marine World

It is a good feeling to throw a piece of fish from your plate into your mouth while the shark is opening your mouth.

You can roughly divide the society into three with one look. African origin, Indian origin, Whites.

Africans are predominantly Zulu tribes, but other tribes and immigrants. The types of Zulu are obviously different from other Africans. When you look at it, you can say this zulu, this zulu, this is not, aha this is zulu. Indians are thoroughbred Indians you know. Whites are also of British origin but are in a Dutch group. But the most interesting and beautiful thing is that I am African. He does not accept that he is Indian or British. One of the men I worked with was of Indian origin. His great-grandfather was brought as a slave. In this country for generations. His family still lives entirely in Indian culture. Its food is Indian food, religious Hindu, vegetarian, and 6-8 generations have not even entered the family once or not Hindu. Celebrating Hindu holidays. But he says I’m from Africa. He doesn’t even know where his roots come from India, he didn’t even wonder.

Interracial marriage was very, very rare. It happened in the last 10 years. They said there were no more than 15 racial marriages in Durban.

The most popular sport among whites is Rugby. Then comes the cricket. African origin football player. Everyone is still boasting with the 2010 World Cup. At that time, they did not even remove the postings and flags they hung. I personally conveyed our opinions about Vuvuzella.

Contrary to popular belief, the ones who founded the first colonies here were Dutch, not British. According to the man I worked with in the Netherlands 3 weeks ago, the language called Afrikaan is actually Dutch. A very unchanged version. He said that I absolutely do not understand anything from his speeches, his accents and words are very different to read, but I can read very comfortably when I look at the article. I could not verify this information anywhere I read it. The language they use, especially when whites do not speak English, evokes German.

Driving

Driving a right-hand drive car was hard at first. To change gear for the first 500 meters, my right hand got up reflexively and crashed to the door on my right. Shifting gears with the left hand is strange, but for 1st gear it is more strange to push the lever to the outer left. He says if you did symmetrically. For the rearview mirror, I thought of turning my head to the left after 15 minutes. For a long time I checked the rear mirror from my right side mirror.

Update about driving the next day;

After 30 minutes, you get used to the right-hand drive and traffic flowing from the left. I even liked to shift gears with the left hand and hold the steering wheel with the right hand.

Two habits don’t go anyway. First of all, when the car still moves, my right hand reflexively tries to get the seat belt out of my left armpit. Secondly, I am not looking at the rearview mirror on my left.

Despite all this, when I said, “Okay, now I’m getting used to it from the right,” I had to go a very short distance in reverse gear, except for parking for the first time.

First you turn right by default and try to look back. Anyway, after 0.5 seconds, you realize that you need to turn left and throw your left arm back. So far, everything is ok. But I guess the body has always gotten used to turning right and throwing the right arm back, gained flexibility in that direction, I couldn’t turn left. The body did not stretch to the left until it turned right. Especially my left arm did not go behind the side seat.

On the 3rd day, I still turn right, looking back through the seat and the belt. Either I have an abnormality or it’s really hard to turn left.

Cape of Good Hope

Ümit Burnu and especially the road were far above my expectations. I can easily say that it is the “most beautiful view” I have made. I planned to go off the Atlantic coast and back off the Indian ocean coast. Along the way, the east side was very imposing and quite steep mountains, and the west side was the ocean. Maybe because I love the mountains, maybe the scenery affected me with the effect of the beautiful weather and the white clouds on the dark blue sky playing in the dark blue. I kept standing on the road and took photos. In an area called Chapmans Peak, those mountains came to the ocean and became steep and turned into a cliff.

Part of the road is going through the narrow road they made by carving those rocks. One side of the sea, one side of the rock wall. It was very impressive, but there was no opportunity to take a photo or stop. I recorded most of them as videos with my mobile phone. I was a little scared when one-hand steering, one-hand phone, back-flowing traffic and twists were overlapping. I have a nice video for about 4 minutes. (In the video made from the song of the city under the post, there are images of this road)

Towards the end of the Cape peninsula, the mountains suddenly disappeared and a flat-like plain emerged.

Vegetation is like African vegetation in documentaries. In between there is the symbolic tree of water Africa. I don’t know the type, but now you will remember it immediately when you describe it. Behold the sunset, they put a giraffe as a silhouette and a tall, flat tree with no leaves at the bottom. Hah, just that tree. He ran an ostrich next to a car. There are warning signs about baboons all the time. Oh, don’t mess with baboons. Baboons can fool you, but it’s actually dangerous. Loving. Do not eat. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Etc. Baboons never came out of my way. Do not take pictures on the plates or I intend to take pictures of your camera as there is no warning like the ground.

According to the articles I read, they were jumping on cars. They likened pure European tourists who said, “Oh, what a lovely monkey, stop, let me love it.”

The flat soil that starts towards Ümit Cape is a copper color. I’m not talking about the tile-red soil color we know. It has a darker pleasant copper color. I have seen the most impressive soil / rock color I have ever seen in the interior of India.

(I’ll explain that in my article) This is a color that will look good in photos, especially in the red light at sunset.

Cape of Good Hope is a much higher piece of rock than I thought. In fact, there are two noses about two kilometers apart. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

Although the main point is Cape Point, everyone visits Cape of Good Hope.

There is a lighthouse on the rock, which is 120 meters high from the ground and stands like a wall that goes straight and up to the ocean level. Arrows and distances indicating the following classic big cities are written in the lantern. Distances may be correct, but directions were completely absurd. Do not take a bearing by looking at these signs. Because according to these friends, Beijing and Amsterdam go from the same direction.

The visual impressiveness of such a deep cliff is also very high. No matter how hard I struggled, I could not give that effect in any photograph. However, it can be understood in the videos. A little further ahead of Fener, there is a 60-meter-deep cliff on one side, a small hut, which is reached on a steep slope with a 75-degree slope on the other side, and is reached by a road that is 6-7 meters wide, and the tip of Cape of Good Hope. As far as I can see, nobody goes there either. Everybody turns to the sea in turn, poses for the camera and returns to the city. The east of this point is the Indian ocean and the west is the Atlantic ocean. It must be against Antarctica. Doğal The natural currents in two oceans meet in this region and beat this huge stone wall as a wave. To go to the end point, it is necessary to get off the hill, walk back a little, turn to the end in the pathways and then go back to the end. I started walking on this route. There is a very quiet, very light wind noise around. As soon as you cross the lantern hill, there is a noise. The sound of the ocean waves hitting that 120-meter stone wall and the wind buzzing in the rocks.

At that point, you turn around and see the real majesty of that cliff that you see from above. I wasn’t disturbed by the uneasiness of being in a place with a cliff on both sides, the effect of the wind blowing, and the sounds around, I didn’t go to the side with my camera and shoot the entire stone wall. Actually, I went aside, but when I put it in my eye, my perception of space was completely lost. You can also call this the condition of knees unbinding. But I have a nice video again. It’s easier because you can take the video without hitting the eye.

Looking back from the Cape of Good Hope. Atlantic Oceans on the left Indian Oceans on the right

By the way, the rock mass I was on was 570 million years old.

On the way back, I returned from the shore of the Indian Ocean and went to the rocks with penguins. Penguins were coming out of the water as the sun started to set. One of them came close to me. I did not run, I approached. I wanted to love, but I did not know if I scratched under his chin or caress his neck. I stroked his head and never escaped.

I’d see

In all the articles I read before coming here, the common sentences written in the warnings for tourists section are as follows. There is a very high crime rate, theft is very common, an average of 1000 tourists are killed annually, there is a rape every 28 minutes, 11% of the population is AIDS, so one out of every 10 people you see has AIDS. Etc.

Of course I can not write because I could not observe them, but in the walls or gardens of many houses, it says that those who try to enter will be reacted with a gun as the first reaction. I guess folks are tired of thieves. I think there is no law that prevents violence against the thief without entering your bedroom.

Mafia Works

One thing that caught my attention is that some of the jobs that come under the sovereignty of mafia are organized differently here.

A staffman welcomes you wherever you park your car. Come on. He even does it on the ball. And then he stands aside, waiting. Just 2 times these people spoke to me. “I am standing here for nothing to happen to your car,” he said, “I will deal with your car.” When he goes to buy the car, he usually gets up from his seat and waits a little ahead of the car. They never came to me and asked for money. When I went without giving money, I did not observe the slightest word or sullen face. Since I usually do 3-4 minutes of pauses to take pictures, I did not give money except for one time. They don’t come to him without extending the money. Our staffs need to learn masterhood from these Africans.

The second mafia-like organization is also gangs of red light. I think I drive almost every street and street of the city center by car. Naturally, I stood in too much light. There is someone waiting in every light, everything is normal up to this point. Those standing in this abnormal light are dressed uniformly. There are ponchos on them that read “The big issue”. On the first day, these people were selling something like newspaper magazines. I guess I thought it was the brand of the newspaper. But then I saw that both the fruit store, the cell phone charger, and the dried meat store are wearing the same outfit. When I look carefully, it says “I have an income and a life” thanks to smaller fonts on the pants. Then I learned that this is a non-profit association. They have a program to make adults excluded from society a job and to take responsibility. They employ these people and run them in the lights. Nobody insists on you again.

Fuel

Naturally, fuel is cheaper than us. About halfway. But interestingly, diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline.

Music

I like browsing radios and listening to local music where I go. While I am walking around the streets, I generally like having local music in my ear. Here I repeatedly scanned the entire FM band on the radio of the car. And I couldn’t find a channel that plays any local music. Generally, there are stations that play western music in English and a few Indian music. The Qur’an was read in a channel. Africa is a region with unique music and dance culture, but they couldn’t carry their own music in daily life. I have never heard of African music at the Durban airport, except for the music that 6 African women made with tamtam. That music and dance was really worth watching and listening. I think it’s a big loss for Africans.

sculptures

There are sculptures in many parts of the city. And these are generally some of the British sculptures by Dutch people. VII in the city square. Edward has a huge statue. Then, just a little later, the Dutch queen goes, “What a duke I know?” I guess that these were planted in time and cannot be removed. This is not very abnormal. Several hundred years of colonization and colonization can have such effects. But it is interesting that the sculptures in the newer parts of the city have the same theme. Especially somewhere “Hero“It seemed strange to see sculptures telling British soldiers’ success stories. I have never seen a statue of a African man. Even if they could not remove the old sculptures, they could put their leaders, sculptures of folk heroes somewhere. For a people whose first leader was Mandela, it is a question of who will erect their sculpture.

The first thing that comes to my mind when Mandela is said is the rejection of the Atatürk Peace Prize given to it. Frankly, I can’t look after him very sympathically.
But you didn’t become a well-liked tribe leader?

Even though we are talking about people who put the picture of animals only and only instead of the state, leader, soldier, poet portrait in their money. There is an equation like 10 rhinoceros 1 hippo.

Well, if you put 2 lions and 1 rhinoceros statue somewhere in the city …

oceans

Ocean algae

It was rainy when I got up the first morning. I went down to the beach by car and started making my first kilometers. Suddenly the weather opened in 5 minutes and I saw Table Mountain between the buildings. And it impressed me tremendously as a mountain lover. I pulled to the left immediately. (Here the car is pulled not to the right, but to the left. When passing someone you do not fade, you are providing. There is no such thing as going from right to right. There is no such thing as going from left to slowly.) I got out of the car to take a photo of the mountain, a wonderful sea smell. So busy. Of course, I drew my attention to this mountain towards the ocean. Looking at the beach, I saw a lot of things on the beach that looked like a rope.

I sacrificed my foot for you to scale

Black ropes, about 7-8 meters each, in thickness of my wrist. And there are many. They lie all along. They seemed too straight to be rope.
I jumped off the wall and went down to the beach. When I went to him, I saw that these are some kind of moss. It is a moss with a root of 10 centimeters at the bottom, with an average of 7 meters straight thick industrial cable, and a half-meter wide leaf at the top. A few days later, while I was waiting for the sunset on the ocean shore, I realized that when the sea is drawn a little, these leaves come out on the water and this plant is removed from the root by making it back and forth with each wave.

Rock formations on the ocean shore

Customs

There is the tradition of giving and receiving something with two hands, which I saw for the first time in Singapore and which was widely practiced there, and then in India.

That is to say, these people from the eastern culture take and give something as an insignia of their respect to the person they face, either with their two hands or by holding the left ankle. This includes any money, voucher, credit card, business card, or anything they bring to the table. I usually respond in the same way. But, in business environment, I follow this rule very strictly when shopping for business cards. So that was committed to me, Turkey or wherever that is, I began to behave like a Japanese business card exchange ceremony.

For those people who extend the voucher of even an espresso you drank with a hand like a treasure, the business card has become a matter of honor. Since it represents the cardholder whose name is written on it, you need to treat it as you did. It is a great disrespect for someone to extend their business card with one hand, especially by pressing between the index and middle fingers. With your thumbs on top, you will grasp both hands by holding both corners and respectfully. You have to get the card that is extended to you in the same way because it is extended to you in the card that is extended to you. Putting the card you take in your pocket and throwing it on the table without looking at it is disastrous disrespect. Folding the card or writing something on it could even be a mitigating cause of murder. After all, you are disrespectful of the family on the paper where the man’s family name is written. All you have to do is take the card with two hands and respect, look at the card for a short time and read it, then slowly put it in front of it on the table with respect. Take it when you go and put it in the bag. You should never, ever put it in a shirt or jacket pocket.

Here, people in the safe (especially of Indian origin) give their credit cards, money, and vouchers while holding their right wrist with their left hand. If he is a corrupt person who does not know what respect is, he gives his left hand to his right elbow while giving something with his right hand, which is the lightest version of it.

Shopping

As someone who reads the ingredients and calories of what I take or intend to take, I must say that I have a problem here. As a result of the classic British unit complexity, the energy of the food is measured not by calories but by jules. All packages have only kj. However, other measurement units are in MKS standard.

The reverse of traffic is also the fault of the British. But what about the opposite of the seasons?

Table mountain

Let me tell you in advance, don’t expect a very detailed article about this place. Because it takes talent to describe this place. You should come and experience it yourself.

Top of the cable car

I constantly checked the weather for Table Mountain, which I hadn’t thought of since my first morning in Cape Town. I did not want to go out on a day when it was constantly covered with cloud. I had been coming and watching the mountain by car for 3 days. And here is the day I planned.

The weather is clear. Breakfast was served. More correct way was started. The car was parked in a convenient place. Tickets have been bought for the cable car. I am ready.
It’s a really big facility when I say cable car. We will climb 800 meters vertically. No cable weight is 18 tons, no wind balance is balanced by pressing 4 tons of ballast water under the wind, no 60 people are going to get here. You have already learned the important ones.

I immediately crafted myself and got on the first cable car cabin and got the best view point. I will shoot the beautiful view from there, that’s the plan. 60 people were full, we started dating. The attendant friend now let the people who hold the hands let go, he said, the ground will begin to turn to provide an equal view for everyone. And the base began to turn. When I reached the hill, I came back to the point I got on.

I am now at 1050 meters. And I’m on the edge of that steep cliff. The air is cooler than below. It should be 7 degrees cooler with a straight calculator. The place called Table Top is really flat. As if someone cut with a giant doner knife. It was not an illusion that we saw from below. I started jumping around here and there. Then it was expected. A cloud came over and took us inside. 11 years ago, I touched, smelled and felt a cloud in Kackarlar. The same feeling came back. It’s ice cold. A different fragrance. And that unforgettable wetness. The cloud is constantly moving and its density is changing. It is as if someone is burning grass 100 meters away, smoke passes in front of me as if it brought wind smoke to you. But there is no smell of smoke. Then suddenly the cloud became more intense. It was the moment I called white blindness. It is all white but only white. And it’s very bright. It is as if we are in the Matrix and Morpheus will say “Weapons” soon and gun cabinets will come towards me with noise from the horizon. There is no perception of space. You have no step ahead. It is so bright and so white that you say I am in heaven. Wetness began to increase. Of course, this is not the rain wetness. Drops are in the air. You go and hit him. Only the places facing you in the direction you are moving are getting wet. The photo below will tell you what I mean.

Cloud-type wetting

After all, you should come and go to this mountain. you should see. You gotta go. But be careful when you land, don’t come down with a primary school class like me.

Racial Issues

My local contacts said that there was no tension between host liars and whites and blacks anymore. But what I read doesn’t say so.

Especially when you look at Cape Town, you see a very developed, well planned and well-prosperous city. I know that this is only the top of the iceberg, and the standard of living will drop very seriously out of the city. But no matter how far I got out, I couldn’t see that change. It must be pretty out of touch. But what I read says; there are places where only black people live. Whites cannot truly enter these areas. They try to be shot immediately and without exception, rather than being robbed or beaten if they enter. Of course I did not see it. I do not know. Yine deniyor ki, siyahların %30’u sadece karton ve tenekeden yapılma 6 metrekarelik, hiçbir altyapısı olmayan kulübeciklerde yaşıyorlarmış. Bunların bir kısmını Durban’da otobanda giderken uzakta gördüm.

Yani gelir dağılımı eşitsizliği bizim ülkemizi aratır düzeyde. Buna rağmen Türkiye’deki en gelişmiş şehrin en gelişmiş lüks semtini seçin ve Cape Town ile yan yana getirin. Bizimki rezil durumda kalıyor. Bu arada bizimkisinin sadece semt onlarınkisinin ise şehir ölçeğinde olmasına hiç değinmiyorum bile.

İlk cümleme dönecek olursam siyahlarla beyazlar arasında gerginlik yok deniyor. Ben de bir olay görmedim ama iki toplum arasında çok büyük bir ayrışma var. Kesinlikle kaynaşmamışlar. Hiçbir restoranda, alışveriş merkezinde birlikte oturan, yemek yiyen, birlikte yürüyen beyazlı siyahlı arkadaş grubu görmedim. Yan yana masalarda oturabiliyorlar. Bu hakkı kazanmışlar. Ama birlikte oturacak kadar farklılıklarını kabul etmemişler.

Şehrin Şarkısı

Bu başlık her şehir için olacak. Çünkü her şehir için bir şarkı seçiyorum ve orada gezerken defalarca üst üste dinliyorum. Bu şekilde o şarkı ile şehir benim için eşleşiyor. Seçtiğim şarkıyı da başka zaman pek dinlememeye çalışıyorum ki etkisi bitmesin. Ama ne zaman dinlesem eşleştiği şehri hatırlarım.

Afrika şarkım: Dario G – Voices

Cape Town fotoğrafları eşliğinde şehrin şarkısını dinlemek isterseniz tıklayınız…

Gideceklere Notlar

Bundan sonrasını sadece buralara gidecekler okusun. Zira başka kimsenin işine yaramayacak yüzeysel bilgiler.
Cape Point mutlaka gidin.

Table Mountain mutlaka gidin. Yanınıza hangi mevsim olursa olsun kalın bir şeyler alın. Arabada fazladan kuru kıyafetler bulundurun. Çok bulutlu bir günü tercih etmemeye çalışın.

Water Front ve bölgesi mutlaka görülmeli. Alış veriş merkezi sevmiyorsanız bile Victoria’s Wharf görülmeli.

Two Ocean Aquarium beklediğim kadar iyi değildi. Hiç büyük akvaryum görmedi iseniz gidin ama çok şey beklemeyin. Yanınızda çocuk varsa mutlaka gidin ama.

Mutlaka King Prawnları deneyin. Tadı bizdekilerden çok farklı. Ben etten uzak durup deniz ürünlerine yönelmenizi tavsiye ederim.

Güneşi Atlantik’ten bir kere batırın mutlaka.

Atlantikte gün batımı

Araba kiralamanızı tavsiye ederim. Arabasız bir şeyler yapmak zor. Toplu taşıma yok gibi. Varsa da turistler için değil. Hop On Hop Off Bus lar mevcut.

Boulders Beach’e penguenleri görmeye gidecekseniz çok geç saatlere kalmayın. 5 den sonra hayvanlar uyumaya çekiliyor.

Şarap bağlarına geziler var. Herkes yapın diyor. Yalnız başıma gitmeyi tercih etmedim. Bence siz gidin.

The Company Garden’ı görün.

Hout Bay ve Simon Town a gitmeye çalışın.

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Impressions of India | My Eyes


Since I could not travel enough to produce a text that would be described as a “travel article” about India, I would only share what I learned in this country and what I learned during this time. So don’t expect to find the Ganges, the Taj Mahal below. As usual, I had to be in Pune for 5 days for business reasons. In fact, this mandatory situation is exactly what I want. I prefer to see places where only local people live and where I can see the real life of that country, rather than seeing those most popular and touristic cities in the countries I visit. I believe that I have the chance to see real Italy, real Netherlands, real Switzerland, because I have the chance to stay in small villages, especially in Europe, and I comfort myself. In India, it is only 1 day from the shortness of time. Mumbai I could add.

If you want to watch my first 8 hours in India instead of reading, you can watch the first 8 minutes of the movie Outsourced. The main character in the film comes from Mumbai to America and needs to go to a city in the regions by a taxi for work. Whatever he saw, what he experienced, I saw the same in me, I lived. When I started, I would like to see the rest of the movie, it was a nice movie.

There were a lot of Indians on the plane, and none of them needed to change clothes on the plane like Pakistanis or Arabs. Wandering around with turban in his house, he is walking around with turban easily. The guys have full confidence in themselves. The clothing of the traveling segment definitely looks like quality and tasteful. When you look at it, you feel that only the high-income part of the country is traveling.

Here are the 5 headlines that caught my eye when I got down

Up to 15% of all passengers in the arrivals terminal of the airport are Indian. Out of Europe, the place that attracts the most tourists among the countries I visit is very open India.

Mumbai does not smell of wee as written on the Internet. The articles talk about the pee smell that will occur if people who eat 40 million curry live in a city without a sewage infrastructure and an average annual temperature of 30 degrees. No such thing.

As soon as you leave the airport, 50 taxis jump on you and you need to get away from there immediately.

I traveled to the interior for about 5 hours after the airport. One of the things that draws attention is the large number of people peeing on the streets. I saw at least 15 cars on the highway to the right and his driver was pissing aside. The remaining 6 days were no different. The public toilet needs of the men are in line.

The color of the mountains and the land was very different in my region. Some of the hills were very dark gray, playing black. I had seen the hills in the most different colors I have ever seen. For a long time I only looked at the color of the soil and hills around.

If you say what is the most different thing you see in India, the answer is people. Because I guess I saw the lowest average living standard I have seen here, as well as the people who seem the happiest and do not complain.

Pune, the city where I spent most of my time, is mentioned as the cultural capital of the province and it is a big city. I had the chance to see the rural areas from the car on the factory road, which I reach every day with a 1.5 hour journey. The standard of living in rural and urban areas is very different. I have read that it is much different in the more inland areas, especially in the rural areas. But I did not see it, so it is not in this article.

Thatched / tin houses on the roadside

On the first day, I left the hotel and started walking in a direction without aim. After all, everything I saw was new and very different for me. Since I did not have to go to a certain destination, I continued on the path I had attached. After a while, the houses on the side of the road were finished. The road, which runs parallel to the river, came only to the area of ​​barracks made of thatched and tin. Here I saw the first view that had a fundamental effect. There were some sheds that only imagine an area surrounded by 2.5 meters by 2.5 meters, there is no door, the floor is also covered with cardboard boxes opened. Since it has no door, I can see inside. There are 3 people sitting inside. Three people wrapped in a white cloth. The upper half of the body is naked, a little cloth wrapped around their heads. The only object except the people in the house is a single dish standing in a corner. I looked and passed.

Later, when I was passing by with my local host, he talked about the people in these barracks on my question. In a nutshell, the situation he tells me These people live in these barracks. They will live in this shed all their life. It has no ownership rights and will not. They can’t have anything. In other words, they cannot have any assets, not just own a home. It has to be. It’s as simple as described, but I naturally couldn’t grasp this situation so easily the first time. I asked a lot of new questions for everything he said. And the answers I received still remained far beyond my comprehension capacity. The situation is really interesting. The living conditions of these men could not change literally. Because they cannot have an object because of the class they belong to. He will be sitting in that shed after 5 years, 25 years later. And he will die there. He will not have anything other than the outfit on his life. This is not the preference of these people. This is the status of the class, of the intent that it belongs to.

I tried to understand why and how this man accepted this situation. But I couldn’t do it properly.

3 days later, when I was passing alone from the same place, I looked inside the same shed. Three people were sitting, which I guess were the same people. The plate was also there. At that moment I felt the reality of the situation. And it feels a lot stranger when you feel your reality. We are motivated to work to increase our quality of life throughout our lives, our perspective and expectation in this direction. I understood the opposite situation by reading and listening before, but I did not feel it. I had to see that shed for the second time to feel its authenticity. And I don’t forget that first moment of feeling. Since then I have been thinking about that shed from time to time. It has been over 2.5 years and 3 people must still be sitting in that shed. 10 years from now, I will think of those 3 people sometime.

I don’t know what the plate thing is, though.

The people living in the most difficult conditions I have seen before India were Pakistanis. Besides, conditions in Pakistan are better than in India. But the faces of people on the street in Pakistan are always hung. Smiling people are hard to see. But here there are people smiling even when standing idle by the roadside. Especially when you start talking to someone on the street, he definitely responds with a smile. The people on the street that answer you in Pakistan approach you with a strange look. You feel the difference while talking. Here, the feeling that you are not different prevails. At least while talking.

People’s clothes are colorful. Even men can wear any color outfit. It is very common to see men with a mustache and a beard wearing red, yellow, orange and all vivid color shirts we call Cart.

When you look at people, they are all Indian, but it is not possible to talk about single biological ethnic backgrounds. My personal observation, you can gather people in 4 different groups according to their physical appearance. A group is very black. Others are much lighter. Some are almost as white as we are. The heads of a group are very round. All others are thin long heads. Well, you will say these features in every nation. Yes, we also have round-headed or long-headed people, there are also light-skinned, dark-skinned people, but you can never group this way. Because the other physical features of all round-head people are obviously common. They all have the same skin color, the eye shapes are the same, and the hair is the same. I guess these people come from different ethnicities and unlike us, there is no marriage between these groups. Gene structures are not very dispersed. In our case, the gene pool is very mixed.

For example, in my grouping according to myself, there is never a bald person outside the third group. They are all like grass men. If an Indian hair is falling out, you can say that it belongs to the third group in the head and the color of this man can never be black. J

We think everyone in India speaks English. I witnessed that it is more or less for everyone with this education but many taxi drivers do not speak a word. There are taxi drivers who don’t even understand the word airport.

Let me try to explain my observations about the subject by trying not to disrespect the beliefs of these people. Otherwise he took a lot of material from here…

Ganesh on the signs

As everyone knows, Hinduism is a polytheistic belief system. Certain gods are more popular in the region. Ganesh is the most beloved god in Pune and neighboring provinces. I knew Ganesh before he came as a figure, but I never thought it would be so popular. Literally “Ganesh is everywhere”. A Ganesh temple was built at every corner of the street. They erected 4 poles like a bus stop, put a roof over it, and placed a Ganesh inside. In a number of booth-like shops with shutters closed, one of them is open, with a Ganesh sitting inside. In some places, they even placed Ganeshs in small domes similar to the wood bread oven in our village houses. It is not enough, there is a Ganesh painting for blessings in almost every shop’s sign.

All taxis have either a statue or a postcard in the center of the center console. I noticed every day commuting to and from work that every factory has a temple in its garden and a Ganesh inside.
In the factory where I work, according to my observations, almost half of the computers are desktop wallpaper Ganeshli. Again, many mobile phones have Ganesh pictures in the background. If the phone is not as technological as a desktop, a Ganesh sticker is affixed to the back.

I wondered who this is Ganesh. When I read it, I saw that Ganesh was listed as the god of this, Ganesh was the god of it, but that list is not over. While I was touched, I looked at other gods. This list is not very different for them either. The same feature exists in almost every god. They are all gods of luck. They are all gods of fertility. Anyway, this issue of Hinduism is not something that can be described in 2 paragraphs. Returning to our topic, Ganesh is responsible for issues such as luck, blessings, removing obstacles, wealth, good beginnings. It is depicted as elephant head and 4 arms. The story is as follows;

Shiva’s wife had to take a bath one day. (I have always thought of Shiva as a female until now. I had the first shock here.) While bathing, she could not find anyone to guard her and somehow made a child from soap or dough. Then he died for him. And Ganesh was officially born. Wait here for Ganesh, be looking around, no one should come and peep at me while I’m bathing inside. While Garesh waited at the door, Ganesh came to the door and did not leave the task-conscious Ganesh Shiva inside. Angered Shiva angrily blew Ganesh’s head and entered. Later he learned that his wife created it. So kind of own son. He wanted to revive again, but he couldn’t find his head anymore, just as he had cut it with anger. They went to Brahma, and he went north, cut the head of the first creature you found, and said to the child. This is the first elephant on their way to the north. And Ganesh with elephant head appeared.

I am used to finding holy books of common belief in the country in hotels. But here I never expected to find one of Hinduism’s holy books in my bedside drawer. I remember reading it for about 2 hours a night as it was the first book I received on this subject. Again, there is no disrespect, but it made me feel like I started watching a series that I do not know about their characters and a mixed incident since the 14th episode of the 3rd season.

I passed by a huge statue of Ganesh on the road I used to go to the factory every day. This statue was erected on a hill visible simultaneously from the highway, highway and railway between Pune and Mumbai. And with a height of 22 meters, it was the largest Ganesh statue in the world. These people who cannot find food seem to find a very comfortable source for these huge sculptures.

Of the places I have ever visited, India has been the least local place to eat. The reason is the food in the factory.

My first day at the factory and my first lunch. My host took me to the refectory. A sharp smell greeted when he entered. I’m much worse than this smell from the dining hall in Singapore. There are 4 different types of food in the same cafeteria in Singapore. Chinese food for Chinese people, Indian food for Indians, halal food for Muslims, western food for Europeans who can’t eat them and still have appetite despite the smell. The mixed smell of Chinese and Indian dishes is actually the number one diet recipe. Oh, by the way, “Oh, I love Chinese food. Indian food is also very delicious. ”If you are going to say, go to the restaurants in Nişantaşı and come to these places, eat in China and here. Let’s talk later.

We took our tray and got in line. As in factories in other countries, they did not have a menu with many options. A plate of rice was placed in my tray. Next to it, 2 lavash-like breads. The only option offered is the slurries that I think are food in containers like small cookie containers, greenish yellow or orange ones. On the first day, I took the greenish yellow one. While that captain was thinking about eating with a fork, I saw that it was not a dish but a sauce. Everyone at the table poured the slurry in the small pot over the rice. Then they mixed the pilaf and the slurry with their hands and obtained something of a more solid dough consistency. It was time for dinner. They made small balls with their fingers from the mixture on their plates and started to throw them in their mouths. The right hands are always on the plate so that the juices flowing from their fingers flow into the plate. I was also eating rice with sauce from my plate with my fork. The taste was not good.

I didn’t want to eat Indian food for some reason that evening. I had a far eastern meal from Toful.

On the second day, we went to the refectory again. Again there were only rice and two small sauce bowls of the same color. I bought it from orange sauce today. The taste was not better.

That evening, for some reason, my dear did not eat Indian food. I ate something like pasta.

On the third day, I saw in the refectory that there were only rice and two small sauce bowls. I asked if I couldn’t stand it. “I have had the same meal for 3 days. “Is it always like this or has it come to me?” The answer was, “Yes, that’s always the food, but it’s a good food.” Okay, nice, but when I asked why you are not changing, I came across an answer that I had trouble understanding. “This is already a good meal. Why should we change the good food? ”. I wanted to give the answer by changing the food. And on the 3rd day, I made a revolution in that refectory. I also bought two sauce bowls. And I mixed the two sauces. I enjoyed my rice with my light orange sauce. Everyone at the table looked at me in surprise. It tasted still but still not beautiful L

They say that the legend of the pale self, which still mixes two sauces, is being told in that cafeteria.

Indians usually eat some kind of baked beans for breakfast.

Other meals are mainly rice, but there are various vegetable dishes. Vegetarianism is very common as it is thought, but there are levels. Some do not consume any animal products. This includes milk, dairy products and eggs. Some consume animal products but do not eat meat. Some of them also eat meat other than beef. They said there are people who eat beef, it is very, very rare. People around me eat chicken meat in between, but they said we don’t prefer it.

Fresh coconut water

Fruits are very abundant. Pakistan and India constantly compete on mangoes. In both countries, I watched how many times Pakistani mango is better or Indian mango is good. But my preference is definitely Pakistani mango. Freshly squeezed mango juice is also my favorite drink.

You can also see a lot of cars selling fresh coconut water on the streets. When you want to drink, they fly the head of a big green coconut with a line, put a straw in it and give it to you. The taste of fresh coconut water is not as strong as the dry one. So I couldn’t find as intense aroma as I expected, but it’s still nice to drink.

The best part is sugar cane juice. I have also tried this in Saudi Arabia. You can also buy and drink freshly squeezed sugarcane juice from mobile cars. They are really fresh, which I call freshly squeezed, squeezing before your eyes. It is a pleasure to watch this. There are a lot of 1.5 meters of candy canes under the car. When you want a glass, it takes 6-7 of them. It passes between the gear wheels that break the cane. As the coarse water underneath comes out, it is thrown from the end of the gear in the crushed reed. This is really a sweet drink. It has a little metallic taste. I don’t know if this taste comes from using the same glass with a few hundred Indians before me or from the drink itself. These cars have 4 or 5 plastic cups and everyone drinks from the same glass. You realize that that cup has been used hundreds of times. These disposable cups are never used and discarded here.

Fresh sugarcane juice

One evening, when I needed to eat something familiar, I went to Pizza Hut, where I walked about 8 km and found it on the internet. In the end, something familiar made me happy. But the pizza types on the menu were not very familiar; I chose Vegi Deluxe, Vegi Supreme, Fruitty Pizza, Pineapple paradise, etc.

Let’s go to Paan. In my memories of Pakistan, I mentioned a little bit about the money I had to eat. Paan is a bundle of lots of different herbs, garbage, spices, jams, wrapped in the leaf of a tree. You chew until your mouth disappears. They say the purpose is to clean the breath and facilitate digestion. Sometimes tobacco or cocoa herbs are also included in this bundle.

When Paan is chewed, especially if you have tobacco in it, your mouth turns red. And since you can not swallow tobacco mixture, you need to spit after one stage. At this point, paan makes its mark on city life. You constantly see red spots on the sidewalks. You realize that somebody chewed the paan and spat it there. So much so that some pavements are completely red. While driving in traffic, the door of the car in front of you can open, and one head can hang down and vomit something red with blood. You realize that he is emptying the money he chews. Or people entering or leaving the underpass pass by spitting on the wall next to it. Because of those who pass by spitting on this wall, as in the photo below, spit-colored walls are formed and believe them everywhere. I especially did not select and photograph. The driver of the single rickshaw (a taxi in disguise for these places) that I could find at dusk was about to find his head with paan. I never forget the test I know where I am going with this uncle with shattered leaves in his mouth and red waters running through his chin as I try to speak.

The easiest to say about their city will be neglected. Because you are looking at everything made. The sidewalks are beautifully made. The roads are beautifully made. The buildings were beautiful when they were first built. But there is such a situation that it is as if nobody took his hand again after it was done. Everything looks broken and looks very dirty.

Street Scenes

Almost all pavements, including the main streets in Pune, smelled of pee. In many places, you can see the wet piss made on the same day on the pavement. I was surprised that so many people were meeting their toilet needs on the roadside.

Again, there is no street lighting in Pune even in the main streets. I first figured out what this meant here. Even on a street with heavy vehicle traffic, we can not imagine how dark the environment can be without lighting. So much so that the headlights just catch your eye and you can only read the map in your hand with the light of the mobile phone.

When I was searching for places to visit, I noticed by chance that the addresses are always on MG Road. What is this MG Road, I learned that it was the abbreviation of Mahatma Gandhi. How we have an Atatürk Neighborhood, Atatürk Street in every city, and every city has an MG Road. Even in South Africa, there was MG Road in Durban, a neighborhood where Indians lived densely.

There are occasional dumps in the streets. A lot of baby pigs eat something or scatter around in the dumps. I thought the little piglets were a puppy first. They are so many and everywhere that I can say that these are the dominant street animals of these piggies.

Dryer

One of the things that attract my attention the most is the laundry. At least 45 minutes of my journey every day was parallel to a stream. And what I saw during this trip is someone who washes clothes in the river every 100 meters, and the laundry that is dried in all the stones and bushes around the river. You see the laundry laid on the stones everywhere you look. The city is like a giant laundry drying area.

Wherever I go in the city, whatever I get, I see the logo “It is a Tata entrepreneurship company / product”. Everything from the shopping center to the bottled water, from Pizza Hut to Adidas, belongs to Tata. Before I came here, I only knew Tata cars. It turns out that the men have surrounded India completely. Of course, two-thirds of the cars on the road are Tata.

Another issue that caught my attention is the number of barbers. One of every 5 shops is a barber shop. They are so many that you can see 20 barber shops on a street. Even in rural areas, barber shops are lined up one by one in tin barracks on the roadside. It is interesting that these people are so fond of their hair.

Especially when you go a little out of the city center, shops always turn into tin barracks or small containers. You can see all kinds of detached shops in our buffet size. Half of them are already grocers and barbers. Come on, these are shop concepts that fit those dimensions. But you can even see the glassware, cereals and furniture makers that fit in 5 square meters.

Traffic flowing from the left is a complete chaos. A little more organized in the main center of the city. The lanes are being followed. Of course, what I call strip is not flowing in the same direction. Nobody enters the opposite side lane and goes there. There are traffic lights and are being observed. But when you go to the countryside, the roads are usually one lane and a little bit of an earth path.

Horn Please

The first thing that attracts attention in traffic is that it writes “Blow Horn” in the rear bumper of all vehicles. In other words, if you are going to say something, he says press the horn. Play the horn if you will pass me, play the horn if you say stop, and play the horn if I block it. “You steal, I understand why.” The horn is constantly being stolen in traffic. Because these guys never signal. The mirrors are already removed from the first day or are always closed. Because everyone goes so close to each other in traffic that it is not possible for the mirrors to remain intact.

The country has a very large railway network from the British. We were passing by a train station every morning, and one morning we had a chance to pass there a few minutes after the train stopped at the stop. I was amazed to watch the thousands of people getting off the train towards us. There is a photo of the train circulating in the mail, or 150 thousand people got on a train. I think it’s real.

The stories that we always hear, “If a cow sits on the road in India, nobody lifts, all the traffic waits for hours if necessary” is really a story. For one thing, I haven’t seen a cow walking around in the city center. When he goes out a little, there are big cattle and oxen who have declared their independence. Once, these friends stopped by crossing the road. The drivers of the cars in the front pulled these friends up and down quite a bit. Haa they did this by kicking, kicking, they did not poop, but they did it with respectful smacks, but they did it. It is sacred animal, let’s not bother, let’s wait. Those old customs that didn’t stay in big cities.

There is also the notion of not removing the stickers, barcodes of cars that caught my attention in Saudi Arabia. Maybe you see them in trucks carrying new cars, there will be a huge barcode on the windshields of new cars, they don’t disassemble it. It is not a week or a month, it always stops. I saw a lot of 15-year-old cars with deceptive stickers from the sun.

Risks in Mumbai

Here, you can make your transportation in the city by using riders called rickshaws or black taxis. Black taxis are mostly found in big cities like Mumbai. I always used rickshaws in Pune. Although it is a taximeter in all of them, I have not seen any more. All you have to do is bargain with the driver while you are riding. Everything is subject to bargaining, but it is useful to consider how many lira you are dealing without extending the bargain. I usually prefer to walk to my destination and return to the hotel with a vehicle when I run out of power. The first day I walked like this for 15 km. On the way back, I described a rikka or hotel. I said how much would you go? He said I would go for 50 rupees. It corresponds to 1.8 liras with its present value. So what are you going to negotiate now? When I wanted to return from a closer distance the next day, when the driver said 100 rupees, I meant I reduced it to 40. According to the eye, people cannot accept to be stacked.

Taxi drivers are a bit tricky in this type of bargaining. Be prepared for this. 8 of the 10 taxis I rode tried to change the price in the middle of the road. When I go, he suddenly says that I would like 50 to 80, which was far from there. All you have to do is say, “Okay, stop then I’ll go down.” “You get 70, brother,” he says. When you say “Durrrr will be going down” again, you go to the money you agreed. Come on it’s harmless. The harmful situation is this. Make sure you know where to go before you get on. No driver says I don’t know where you asked. If you do not force the price does not give. The general approach is “Brother, a thousand, let’s set off and we’ll get it done” approach. I doubted the chauffeur expression of the driver saying yes I know there. I did the exam. It turned out that he doesn’t even have the slightest idea of ​​what I’m talking about. Oh, beware of this, then your head hurts.

Rickshaws are open, cute vehicles. An ideal tool for exploring the city. Once airy. You can breathe. However, when traffic gets stuck or stops at lights, you become the clear target of beggars and children. Have your bag and camera. Do not put it on your seat next to your feet. In every light, my surroundings were filled with children and beggars. Many’s hands reach inside. He is holding his arm and leg.

In my memories of Pakistan, I mentioned the relations between these two countries. I told about the India-Pakistan border closing ceremonies I watched in Lahore. Many of my friends in Pakistan made me a lot of political speeches about India. They all knew that I would go to India 3 months after leaving Pakistan. And it will be very difficult for you, India is not a beautiful place, who knows what you will see there, pity they made preliminary suggestions like you. Of course, no one has gone to India in his life.

As my travel to India went very well, in the middle of a business meeting, a friend from Pakistan started to ask questions. “How is there? Pakistan or beautiful India? Are people bad? Vs etc ”. I chatted and shut the phone.

The main issue that caught my attention is that while the Pakistanis have worn the Indians so much and devoted most of their daily conversations to these guys, the Indians did not ask a single question about Pakistan, which I went 3 months ago, and did not comment.

I just spent a day in Mumbai and I didn’t go to any tourist attractions. 15 things to do in Mumbai and 10 places to see still remain untouched. Sabah elimde kameramla çıkıp şehrin en dip, en sefil gece kondu mahallesine gittim. Tüm günüm orada geçti. Akşam kısa bir dinlenmeden sonra sahile inip Hint Okyanusu’nda güneşi batırdım. Bu güneşi ilk batırdığım okyanus oldu. 2 yıl sonra San Diego’dan Pasifik’te yok olan güneşi izledim. Ondan 10 ay sonra Cape Town’da da Atlantik’de batırdım.

Çok az yer görmem nedeni ile aşağıda anlatacaklarım Mumbai şehrinden çok benim zamanımı geçirdiğim bölgedeki yaşam hakkında olacak.

Gezdiğim yer, ziyaretimden sonra yayınlanan Slum Dog Millionare filminin seti ile hemen hemen aynı görünümde. Sokaklarda kanalizasyon açık olarak akıyor. Yani sokağın bir yanı kazılmış ve evlerden çıkan her türlü atık ve sular sokaklardan akarak en yakın dereye gidiyor. Evler genelde teneke barakalar gibi. Ama adamlar teneke barakalardan saraylar yapmışlar. 6 metre karelik teneke barakanın üstüne zamanla 2. katı çıkmış. Yetmemiş 3. katı çıkmış. Sonra da üstüne teras yapmış. Yan komşuları da aynı şeyi yapınca en üst kat dışındaki odalarda ne pencere kalmış ne ışıklık.

Sokaklarda yürürken en rahatsız eden şey etraftaki herkesin dönüp bana bakmasıydı. Öyle ki kalabalık bir sokakta yürürken aynı anda 30 kafanın beni takip ettiğini görüyordum. Ben dönüp onlara bakınca ve göz göze gelince kafalarını da çevirmiyorlar. Kalabalıkta dikkat çekmeyi de hiç sevmiyorum, ne fotoğraf çekebiliyorum ne ilgimi çeken bir şeyi durup izliyorum. Bir ara kendi kendime söz verdim. Türkiye’de bir Hintli görürsem karşısına geçip gözlerimi dikip izleyecem, ki ne demekmiş anlasınlar.

Sokak aralarında birçok yerde ateş yakılmıştı ve o ateşte yemek pişiriliyordu.

İnsanlar buldukları her yere ev yapmışlar. Bunu aşağıdaki fotoğraf üzerinde anlatayım.

Üstgeçit altı mahalle

Bu fotoğrafı bir üst geçitten çektim. Tam karşımızdaki kısım üst geçide çıkan merdivenin altı. Hemen o merdivenin altını değerlendirip yerleşmişler. Bir merdiven altına kaç hane yerleşebilir dersiniz? Sayalım. 1,2,3,4,5,6. Evet altı tane aile yaşıyor burada.

Bu üst geçit evler arasından akan kanalizasyonun birleştiği derenin üzerinden geçiyor.

Aynı bölgenin daha yakın bir fotoğrafına bakalım. Detaylar için fotoğrafa tıklayıp büyütmek isteyebilirsiniz.

Ortadaki çöplerin bulunduğu kısım kanalizasyon gölü. Ve o gölün üzerinde yüzen çöpleri görüyorsunuz.

Tam karşıda iki komşu kadın oturup göl manzarasında sohbet ediyorlar. Dikkatli olmaları lazım çünkü eğer evden çıkıp 3 adım atarlarsa kanalizasyon havuzunda bulabilirler kendilerini. Yanlarında da birinin çocuğu takılıyor.

Sol altta başka bir ev var ve evin çocuğu ve keçisi arka bahçelerinde oynuyor. Annesi çamaşır yıkamış ve asmış. Etrafta yemek yedikleri tabakları görebilirsiniz. Bir de lahana gözümüze çarpıyor. Sanırım akşam yemekte lahana var.

Sağ altta, kerestelerin üzerine bir branda çekilerek yapılmış evin çocuğunun kafası da görünüyor. O da gölün karşı tarafında oynuyor.

Kanalizasyonun kokusuna değinmiyorum. Bu resimdeki 5 kişi bu kokuya alışmış olmalılar ki hiç rahatsızlık duyuyor gibi değillerdi.

Garry Schyman – Praan

Taksiye binmeden pazarlık edin. Bu yetmez şoförün gideceği yeri bilip bilmediğini sınayın.

Işıklarda durunca eşyalarınıza sahip olun.

Sokaktan taze sıkılmış meyve sularından için. Herkes sakın sokaktan bir şey yeme içme diyecek ama ben yaptım. Hoşuma gitti. Bir şey de olmadı.

Yolculuk öncesi kendinizi zihinsel olarak farklılığa hazırlayın. Farklı bir yere gittiğinizi, yemek ve hijyen standartlarının farklı olduğunu kendinize kabul ettirin. Biraz açık fikirli biraz maceracı olun. Her şeye “aaaa ne pis” dediğiniz sürece ortamdan zevk almanız imkansız.

Hindistan gezisinden diğer fotoğraflar için: https://picasaweb.google.com/105352833686318819568/Hindistan

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American Impressions | My Eyes


San francisco

Of all my travels, the country that I exaggerated the trip part was America. I will say, “Well, I’m going that far, I said I’ll give you the right way.” But for some reason, America feels like a more distant country.

I had an 8-day job in Dallas. 2 days per San Francisco, 1 day Los Angeles, 1 day San Diego, 1 day Arizona, 2 days St. I put Louis. I worked in Dallas for 8 days in between.

Let’s see what’s on my mind in these 15 days.

Visa

Impressions for this country began on a visa. I’ve heard a lot of stories from around for the American visa process. No, they reject half of those who go there, no hard, etc., etc. When it came to me in the visa queue, the attendant asked a single question. I gave a one word answer. He looked at the screen. “Ok vizen is approved,” he said. They issued visas with multiple entries for 10 years. It was the easiest visa I received.

For those who are wondering, the question is “What is your purpose of visit?” And the answer is “Business”.

Country Entry

Just like visa stories, people around me experience their first entry into the country. No, if you are coming from the Muslim country, they take you to the room, wait 40 minutes and ask a lot of silly questions, once you enter that room, your name is processed in the system and the same treatment is made every time you go. No, it is very serious in the passport process, but just be comfortable, if you do something that the man will suspect, a lot of questions will come, be careful, etc. Such stories go on and on.

I waited in a long passport queue in Chicago. For everyone in front of me, the passport process was a little over 1 minute on average. Fingerprints were taken from everyone. It’s my turn. I extended my passport. I am waiting with a serious and comfortable attitude ready for questions such as “why did you come, how long will you stay, show return ticket?” He took my passport. Opened. He pressed and sealed the seal. It took a maximum of 5 seconds. He didn’t even get a fingerprint.

I don’t know why so many people are telling such pessimistic stories.

I think Americans love me.

Airports and Flights

I made 7 different flights on domestic flights in the USA. I got off at 8 different airports and got up. I spent a lot of time at the airports. When people spend so much time in a place without a job to do, naturally, many materials come out of here.

The first observation belongs to people. These guys are very talkative, too. People sitting in front of me and behind me chatted all the way on every plane without exception. 7 flights, 2 rows in front of me in each flight, so I witnessed 14 different conversations. And I mean I have 21 chats. When I wasn’t talking to myself, I tried to listen to the one behind me. Okay, they’re talking silly matters, but there’s a hot conversation every time. What do you do, what do you do starts business, life goes on and on. I overheard small flirting every now and then. I don’t know how many hundred times I have traveled so far, but if you gathered, I haven’t talked to me more than 2 times. He is also at most 3 sentences. We Turks are very friendly people, let’s lie. If we are friendly, the blood of these men must have already evaporated.

There is a very, very intensive use of iPads at airports. A tablet in everyone’s hands, they are doing something. While looking around and looking around, “What the hell is that !!!” At least at that time it was not common in Turkey that had caught my tools and my attention.

Another noteworthy thing about airports is the landing and boarding systems are different from everywhere I see. Generally, those who get off the plane in each country pass through another door and go to the incoming passenger terminal. You are among the passengers waiting to board here. The terminals are already crowded, and I don’t know what kind of reason it is to take both the incoming and outgoing from the same place. You see the inefficiency of the system in the first flight.

And for some reason, the ground of the airports is always carpeted. I have seen more carpeted terminals in a few countries, but here, without exception, every airport is carpeted, and in general the entire terminal is carpeted. Either they love carpet, or they don’t like marble, stone, granite.

I had to eat 3-4 times at the airports. Prices are not 5 times outside, like us. Whatever you eat outside and how much you eat the same thing for the same money.

Airlines decided to use machines instead of people to check in. Very nice, but the process is a bit difficult. At least it’s hard for us. “You scan your identity and I will do the rest,” he says. It recognizes the US identity, the US driver’s license and several different formats. Of course, our strangeness did not recognize the driver’s license or the driver’s license, whose fractures were fastened with a cellophane. Okay, I said I’ll enter my information manually. You are writing you are writing you are coming somewhere, it says I couldn’t find you. I became a disease.

If you want people to trade, you should have plenty of time. They put one person for every 30 machines. How slow, how slow can they tell. It is unbelievable. How many minutes does a check-in take with us? Let’s say stone crack 3. These friends can only handle one person in 10 minutes. Check in online, if possible, or choose a Star Alliance member airline, read Miles & Smiles when prompted for an ID.

People

Frankly, I came to this country and its people with prejudices. As a state policy, America is not a country that I like very much. I did not have very good expectations for their people. I was expecting people who were indifferent, ignorant, cold, smug, cocky towards their surroundings. I have seriously observed people who are in anticipation of my expectation.

SF Center

As I said in flight observations, people are very friendly. Let’s make a statement at this point without making a generalization. My first week generally passed in California. It is said that; “California is different from America in general”. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego are big cities but their people were different from people in other metropolises. The human profile I would see if I went to New York would be the opposite of my observations. I did not go, I did not see, I do not know, I do not write. If someone who saw New York woke up and asked to comment, “Where did you go, where did you see it, it has nothing to do with?”, Remember this paragraph.

Let’s go back to the subject. We said guys very friendly. Yes they are. Talkative cost. Gentle cost. Most of the time, they are kind enough to make myself think, “What a rude I used to be.”

One evening I went to Napa Valley for food and wine tasting. I return to San Francisco late at night. I’m going through the Golden Gate. The bridge crossing is toll. I came to the box office.

Recall pre-OGS-KGS periods. We came to the box office, we used to extend the money. If we were to say anything, we would say “Good day” at most.

I’m tired, late in the hour, I’m driving a much bigger rental car than I normally use, I’m in a foreign country, I don’t want to speak… I came to the box office. I extended $ 5. “Good evening, how are you, how was your day?” Asked the old woman at the box office. I had a short moment. I was just able to say, “It’s going well, how are you doing?” “Nice night, everything is fine, let’s go safely to your destination,” he said. I think this woman says such things to every car standing in front of her. I just don’t think he’s babbling to me.

There is a similar treat in every shop you enter. Okay, not all of them smell very sincere, but everyone asks, “What’s up, how’s your day going?” You give a classic answer such as “Not good / not yours?” The conversation ends with the insincere ones, but some continue to speak. This habit was strange to me again. Of course you get used to it over time. Whether it is formal or not sincere, when you look at these guys, you think we have problems in communication as a nation.

I went out in San Diego one evening, bar, music or something. On the way back to the hotel, I was stuck on the road. Its lifetime is one of the 3-4 times I need the most toilet in my life. I came to the hotel, I am so bad that I am not in a room, I threw myself in the toilet in the lobby. Something like 1-2 at night and the toilet is empty. I could not pee in the urinal under normal conditions, I stuck to the first urinal. After 3 seconds, the door opened, a nigger-black nigga (I didn’t see his tooth, I’m making him up right now) came and stood next to me in the urinal. As a wood again, I have not talked to someone in the toilet in my past. The nigga next to me said, “What’s up, bro, how was your night? Did you find he was waiting? ” It was my 4th day in the USA and I started to get used to this talk of Allah, and I wasn’t afraid. I replied with an American chatter. On the spot, we broke the back of two words with that black friend. It may be small for humanity but it was a big step for me, and then I talked to everyone herkes

As for kindness, the guys are very kind, even in environments that are not available to speak. I realized that there was a strangeness in these men in the evening bar, where I was a buddy in the toilet with Negro. They scared us blacks in American movies. Or the profile they drew is not scary. My observation at the bar is this. He is in great fear that these guys will fight against them. The bar is crowded and there is a constant movement, so naturally and occasionally two people cross each other and hang out. I watch the crowd leaning against the bar. I have witnessed similar multiplication 4-5 times. As if something huge happened on both sides, they immediately turn and raise their hands to their shoulders as they surrender, showing their palms to each other, making a confused and painful expression on the faces, I did not do anything, it was an accident. Then they definitely shake hands and continue on their way. It seemed strange to me, so what is the need for all this fanfare, go ahead. I said if you don’t do this, the man will come and bump his fist.

Then I got live music and got up to get closer to the stage. What’s that A “nasty type” nigga passing through hit me. Let me describe the dirty type immediately. For one thing, the front tooth was gold (I’m not really making this up, it was gold). An African American with a bandaged head, a hat, a pout, a tough-looking, abundant chain. I am standing with a beer bottle in my left hand pocket and my right hand. When he hit me, he stopped and returned immediately. We came eye to eye. At that moment, it was as if the music in the bar was suddenly muted and there was a silence (I’m making this up too). I did the “Ok, no problem” movement as I did with my head and eyes. That tough guy also softened, smiled, something like cotton happened. He also gave me the view, “Okay, I did not crash willingly.” Everything is OK. But we did not shake hands. Meanwhile, we are not very close to each other. There are two arm distance between us. He raised his hand like a lighter. I’m going to stretch it, and it’s going to be a handshake and fake movement, but I have a beer bottle. The left hand is also in the pocket. I did not respond to what I was just thinking, as I thought this ceremony. I lifted my head and eyebrow slightly and said, “Okay, go, go.” But it didn’t happen. The man bent over and stretched out his hand more insistently. He did with his head like, “Come on, what are you waiting for? Touch my hand, I have a job to go.” I made my right hand like a fist and let it out without leaving the beer bottle. He made a fist with his outstretched hand and gently clenched our fists, we smiled, and we left.

Of course, all these events lasted for 10 seconds. But later that night, before I became a dude with someone in the toilet, I had a conversation with a “filthy” nigga, “Hey Bro”.

San Francisco sights

These guys take their job very seriously. The thing that draws my attention the most after being talkative and polite is how seriously these guys take their jobs. No matter what someone is doing, he acts as if he is doing the most important job in the world. Before I understand this seriousness, I should also mention the difference in the employee profile. First of all, people of all ages can do anything. In jobs you never expected, you can see the type of people you never expected. The information I learned is that; If you are going to take a position in the USA, you cannot choose it by age or gender. If you do something like that, they immediately open the case called discrimination and get on your hill. It sounds good, but the reality of the situation is a bit strange. There is no age information in the resumes of the men and they would not. I remember a resume that came to me from America, I read it, okay everything is fine, we can get it to work but I wonder how old I was. 25 or 45 is unclear. Why did he not write his age, when he commented that he was hiding from him, he learned that the age was not written and the employer could not eliminate the candidate according to him.

How old are waiters in places other than certain quality restaurants with us? Usually 25 or more. So waitresses are not like a profession. People who do that job do it for a while, then when they find another insured job, they are replaced by another teenager. The waiters here are really homogeneous demographically. There is a waitress at the age of 50. There is also a housewife dressed as a housewife. There is also a 18-year-old waiter. There is also a waiter in family father mode. I am used to older waiters from some countries in Europe, but the distribution is really equal here. I remember somebody over 70 served food in a restaurant in Italy. I stood up and said, “My aunt, don’t be tired, I’ll take it myself.” It was interesting to see that it was served by someone older than my mother.

Even more interesting is that these guys behave as if they had lived to do this job throughout their lives. This attitude may be false, they may be acting. If so, they wear very good masks. I swallowed their numbers. There are also 3 people on a plane as a flight attendant, one grandfather in his 60s and two middle-aged people. At the age of 60, the cabin crew first gets into your eyes, we are not accustomed. The grandfather wears the life jacket in the section where flight safety is explained and brings the masks that we assume will fall from the hill. I found it interesting for a man of that age to do this work, I watch it, and as I watch it, I pay attention to how seriously he does his job, I am even more surprised. The man was definitely born to do that job. In addition to this seriousness, there is the mood of “I was showing an exit door in the zeppelins when you were not yet a vitamin in orange”.

When you say seriousness, do not perceive it as sullen. They are all smiling as if they are enjoying their work. Even the man who prepares a hamburger is smiling. I hope he doesn’t smile because he does something dirty to my hamburger.

We hear how high the rate of obese people in America is. Almost everyone I saw in California was extremely fit. I couldn’t see the overweight person wherever. The people who increased this rate generally said in Central and Eastern America. I can say that when I landed in St. Louise, I saw the biggest butt I have ever seen at the airport.

Eat

It is a big part of this experience to be in the dining environments that we are used to from American movies and to remember as you see the details you watch on TV. In the opposite double seats where you sit for breakfast, a middle-aged, overweight female waiter came and put you coffee, fried bacon, sausage, egg, pan-panned views are very familiar.

San Diego – Sunset in the Pacific

The dishes are usually very greasy and fried, but delicious. Restaurants, cafes with a warm atmosphere, people feel comfortable. Generally, every place has a valid food quality lower limit and this limit is above the edible level. With time, it feels like you feel like you can eat anywhere you see and you eat. So consider the intercity roads in us. We do not stop apart from 2-3 known road restaurants. But still, every gas station has a cafeteria or restaurant. And 90% do not even have a person. Nobody goes either. We don’t go either. We cannot count on what we will eat if we go. There are people eating at every place. You have the feeling that you can enter all of them. All of them have an atmosphere that suggests that you will find beautiful, delicious food. The best thing is that all your feelings are right.

Food is very cheap compared to Europe.

Carbonated drinks such as cola are filled free of charge in almost every venue. So if you bought a glass, then it’s free.

In many restaurants menu, there are many kinds of homemade ice tea. Iced teas are unsweetened. You take sugar from the sugar, salt shaker, pepper, ketchup, hot sauce group that are standard on each table and add it yourself. But that sugar never melts. This iced tea, sugar torture never ends. You will love or love the iced tea without sugar. It’s like I mentioned the group at every table, I didn’t see a table without ketchup. These men even pour ketchup on the egg for breakfast.

The waiters are too hot. The waiters are very interested in you because of the tip I will mention below. In some places, even this interest may be of close interest to flör. Do not get into the mood of “Ooo, the waitress liked me” right away because if you wait for another 3 minutes and watch it, it treats everybody who comes to the table. With us, the beginner, 5 minutes after the food service, do you like your food or as you wish, questions are asked here even in the most crunchy cafe. If you don’t like it, they obviously seem to take it and bring a new one. It is not such a dry question.

Either I choose super food or I have the same taste as the waiters, because whatever I choose, the waiters make comments such as “Perfect choice”, “Ooo you chose my favorite thing”, “How did you say how I feel like it now”. When my plate came, I wonder if the waitress could not stand and took a finger.

Traffic

When I got off every plane in America, my first job was to rent a car. They said “You can’t survive” there without a car, it was true. I rented 6 different cars in 6 different cities. The good thing is that even the economical cars there start from the 2500cc engine. You can pay another $ 30 and rent a Mustang. They upgraded to the upper class free of charge and for 2-3 times, so I had the opportunity to drive a car with a 4800cc engine for the first time in my life.

Yes, it’s really impossible to live here without a car. Maybe it’s possible in San Francisco. There is a system that can be considered as “public transportation”, you can also see a taxi on the streets, but in other cities, you cannot even buy bread without a car in Texas. If you do not have internet, you will die from your pain at home. Because the municipality in Dallas did not even feel the need to install any public transportation system. Except for the lively central district of the city, which is called Down Town in every city, there are literally no people walking on the road. There is no pavement on the roads.

Traffic is very regular here. I heard it was too high in penalties. I was so scared that I tried to fit even the most ridiculous one. If you say what is the most ridiculous, the answer is the STOP sign.

Let me try to explain the suffering of the stop sign as follows. Now San Francisco is a regular city. Think about 100 streets parallel to each other. Think about 70 other parallel streets that cut 100 streets straight. Calculate how many intersections you can. All these streets are almost the same width. Therefore, one of the streets is more preferred than the other. Therefore, the main road should not be a side road concept. Let it be distributed equally to all these streets in traffic.
As such, they did not shed light on so many intersections, and struck each sign with the STOP sign. Let me continue by thinking that you dreamed of the situation more or less.

San Francisco Streets

Now consider a street like the photo on the right. There are 23 junctions on it, and as of now, only about 10 cars are driving. In other words, it is an empty street but there is a STOP sign every 50 meters. To stop at every intersection expected from you. Not slowing down, not pretending to be standing. Do not stop. Everyone entering the junction stops, regardless of whether it is a car, looks around, the car that stops first moves and passes first, this is the rule. When you encounter a vehicle driving on the intersecting street, this allows a polite transition, but it is very strange that you need to stop 15 times and move again after 2 seconds to go 1 km on a street where there are no vehicles on the road. Everyone is sleeping. If my friend is boring me, stop and tell me when you pay the penalty, he said to the police this is ridiculous.

I still feel that you do not fully understand the “Stop” state. Not to reduce speed to 10 km / h, not to stop. You will stop right. Try to stop once every 50 meters. Then remember this paragraph again.

Traffic lights are strange for us. The light that speaks to you at an intersection is not where you stand, but on the opposite side of the road. It is difficult for you to understand where to stop for the first few hours, but when you get used to it, you love it. There is no need to stretch the neck to see if the first car in the light burns green.

Freeways are plentiful. On highways and streets, there is a case of separating lanes by directions. Consider a street again. Sefer This time you get 4 lanes on the street. The strips are drawn on the ground like us and there is no physical separation. But in the lane on the left they have drawn the sign that they will turn left after 1 km from the ground. You cannot go straight when you enter that strip. You will definitely be back. I looked at the situation and said, “Well, what if I signaled to the right and entered a right lane?” MUyormuşsun can not. When you enter that lane, you will turn left. I may have violated some rules several times between us.

There is something called “Carpool” on the freeways. They separated the left lane and made it unobstructed. There are conditions for using this strip. Either you will not be alone in the car or if you are a lonely and poor person who has no friends but still wants to use this fast lane, you will print the money and get a carpool sticker. Or, when you pass by yourself, is your photo taken and you pay 800 USD fine?

Parking in major cities is a big problem. Very expensive. But it is very possible to find a place in parkomats next to the main streets. The problem is that you can park a car for up to 1 hour. So it’s thought and logical for those who have a short job. When you pass 1 hour and 1 minute, you are eating the punishment. I ate from there, I know. I said what happens if I don’t pay my tourist. The car rental company withdraws after your credit card. I know it pulled from me. These parkomats seem useful, but very complicated. There are many rules. You can not park the yellow ones after Tuesday-Thursday 16, I know what kind of vehicles can be parked to the white ones, if the pink stripes are available only on weekends, the black ones are for government vehicles, the ones with purple polka dots are for the curly hair, such as puck and no need to read and understand without parking. A system with a series of rules.

Everyone knows that Americans love very big cars. Vehicles with 6000cc engines are treated like 2500cc vehicles in our country. Gasoline is cheap. Besides, it is said that 5 years ago, it was one third of its current price. These guys complain much about the current gasoline prices without shame. Diesel engine and diesel are used only in agricultural vehicles.

Gasoline is cheap, but you should fill your tank yourself. Well, although this process seems easy, I had problems every time except the first 2 times. I don’t remember any other process where I felt so stupid. At the end of the process, I always had to go in and ask for help because I could not buy gasoline. I insert my credit card, it does not recognize you go inside. You recognize another expedition card, do not accept the pin, you go inside. He knows the pin, does not start filling, you go inside. Especially once I did every operation. He said that this card is an international card, enter the zip code for the bill. Just great. I entered 12345. Said invalid zip code. What format do I know? My mind came to my TV series in Hollywood, I entered 90210. This zip code is not in the state where the card is defined, he said. After all, I went inside again.

It comes up to the pump by treating you that you are an idiot in a friend you come out of and convince you to help. He said you didn’t unlock the safety lock once, and he left. He said that you had to put the end of the pump into the tank before entering the pin another time, and he left. Another time before he entered the pin, when he approved, he said put the pump into the tank and left. The tools that I hurt are all different models, they all have different rules. Since it was very simple to the men, they did not put any instructions for use on it.

I don’t know how I was successful in my first two attempts. Beginner chances for sure.

Sport

The almost single, and arguably, best thing I’ve had during my 1.5 week stay in Dallas was an NBA match I went to. While I was in Arizona, it was a nice game in Dallas, but when I was looking at the program, I saw that the Los Angeles Lakers-Dallas Mavericks match and there are only 8 places left. I immediately jumped on these tickets at the back of the stadium. Note to those interested; The price of watching an NBA match in the middle of the league from the seat at the back of the stadium is around 90 USD. This does not include parking etc. But it was worth every cent. It was a night to be portrayed as a superb. An experience in itself.

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers

First of all, entrance to the stadium is more comfortable and calmer than the entrance to our cinema. Stop passing through a tight-fitting door, without even entering the queue, you enter one of the dozens of doors by reading the barcode on the paper you have printed and printed on the Internet. The interior is very stylish. The match was on weekdays and I was laid off. I had no opportunity to eat and I said I would eat in the match. Those who know they went to football or basketball match in Turkey, they state something is too tough to eat properly. In the past, there would be nothing but a pork made from cat meat. Now I don’t know what the situation is. But here you can even go to match just to eat. The best pizzas, brutios, nachos, whatever comes to your mind… You have the chance to fill again with carbonated drinks and buttered popcorn. One thing that is not thought to be with us is that you can drink beer. However, a person can get two beers at most. When buying beer, they scan the barcode on your ID. You cannot exceed two beers, even from another buffet.

To be honest, I had the feeling that all the events I watched that night were held for the purpose of creating an advertising channel rather than a basketball game. Because the game played that night was definitely a small detail.

The men thought as if; we have to get people to advertise, we have to gather people somewhere, we have to do something interesting to gather, somebody play basketball, but basketball doesn’t collect so many people, then let’s add some show and fun, even the night’s show and entertainment Let’s throw basketballs to 10 guys, and we’ll advertise in the rest, it’s over.

A show started 2 hours before the game that every second was really planned, drawn, studied. What kind of IT infrastructure there is on thousands of screens all over the stadium almost every second of the 4-hour-long show, without any disruption, sat on the plan for seconds. Apart from the match, we watched 40 small competitions, music, dances and sketches. I wonder how many people are running that system so perfectly. So even once, there is no gap longer than 5 seconds. Advertisers watched with interest and amazement what they did to be interesting.

During the match, fans like us are not separated. Mavericksli and Lakers also watch the match side by side. He’s drinking his beer. Having fun.

The match was also very enjoyable. The 3-quarter Lakers took the lead in the last quarter, Mavericks, and we were enthusiastic as the Dallasers. It was also nice that Mavericks was the NBA champion that season. At least I watched the champion’s match. I saw Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Nowitzki and Kidd with the eyes of the world.

Climate

I lived here by giving the right to 4 seasons that I have not lived anywhere in 15 days. A cold but sunny day in San Francisco, a fall of yellow leaves, a mild rainy fall under fog the next day, a perfect spring when you drink beer against the ocean in San Diego, wear a slim sweet in daytime shorts, tshirt, and in the evening, Arizona- The hot post that you can’t travel between cacti in the desert environment without opening the air conditioner in Phoenix, St. I lived the same winter in St. Louis, where I had a hard time going down to my knee and walked on a frozen lake. The following 4 photos were taken within 10 days. Especially there are only 6 days between summer and winter photos.

Autumn in San Francisco

Spring in San Diego

Write in arizona

St. Winter in louis

Tip

Order in this country is based on tip. From the moment you go out on the street, you have to distribute tips. It is almost impossible to do a job without tip. In a way, you can think of it as a value added tax that does not appear on price tags. Oh, by the way, the value added tax on the price tags is also not visible. If the price of an electronic device is 500 USD, a VAT between 8% and 15% is added to the cashier, depending on the state you purchased. Especially those who order to bring you something from there have no idea about it.

Returning to our topic, tipping is like the foundation of the economy. In the case of a meal, the only place you can not tip is the place where you get a self-service meal. There is even a good situation if you leave a tip there. Apart from that, tipping is mandatory everywhere. So much so that it does not stop leaving 10%. There are rates starting from at least 15%. It is clear that you did not leave a tip, your waiter came to your table and said, “No, is there a problem? Bir şeyden memnuniyetsiz mi oldunuz?” diye soruveriyor. Siz de bu durum karşısında apışıp kalıyorsunuz. %10 bahşiş bıraktığınızda da o sizin sipariş ettiğiniz her yemeğe bayılan, size koskoca menüye sakladıkları 3 özel yemeğin üçünü de bulmuş gurme gibi hayran hayran bakan garson abi veya bugün çok iyi görünüyorsun, gömleğin ne kadar yakışmış diyen garson abla gidiyor, suratları bir karış, pis pis bakan abiler ablalar geliveriyor.

Hiç taksiye binmedim ama taksimetrede yazan tutarı verdiğiniz bir taksicide aynı şekilde size lafı yapıştırıveriyormuş. Benim gibi kendiniz benzin doldurmayı bir türlü beceremiyorsanız ve içeriden birinden yardım isterseniz bilin ki bahşişsiz o adamı içeriye gönderemiyorsunuz.

Bahşişi bazı Avrupa ülkelerinde de olduğu gibi kredi kartı ile ödeme şansınızın olması ise çok güzel. Bozuk para arama derdi hiç yok. Kredi kardı slipinde imzalarken ne kadar bahşiş bırakmak istediğinizi yazabileceğiniz bir alan var. Hesap yapamayan Amerikalılar için de bahşiş tutarını yazacağınız alanın altına kendileri %15, %20,  %25 bahşiş tutarını hesaplayıp yazmışlar. Oradan bakıp kopya çekebiliyorsunuz.

İş Dünyası

Amerikalılarla uzun zamandır çalışıyorum ve hep iş ilişkileri için pozitif düşüncelerim olmuştu. Birçok millete göre çalışması çok daha kolay insanlar. Sonuç odaklılar. Rahatlar. Bürokrasi, işi uzatma durumları pek yok.

Ama buradaki çalışmam ve verdiğim eğitimler sırasında başka profildeki insanlarla da çalışma şansım oldu.

İş hayatında birçok Meksikalı var. Meksikalılar çalışkan, sıcak insanlar.

Zenciler de Meksikalılar gibi çok sıcak.

Bu adamlar ellerinde kağıt-kalem çok not alıyorlar. Her şeyi yazma alışkanlıkları var. Diğer milletlere göre çok dikkat çeken bir özellik.

Amerika demek reklam demek. Bu adamlar reklam mecrası oluşturma konusunda oldukça başarılılar. Yukarıda bahsettiğim gibi NBA dediğiniz olay aslında spor amaçlı değil reklam amaçlı bir organizasyon. Keza NFL de öyle olmalı, NXF de veya aklıma gelmeyen tüm üç harfli oluşumlar da.  İlk defa canlı tabelaları da bu ülkede gördüm. Bu coniler az bir paraya tuttukları ergenleri yol kenarına dikip ellerine bir karton pano veriyorlar. Bu gariban, sivilceli ergenler üzerinde mağazanın adı veya sloganı yanında kocaman bir ok içeren bu panoyu dikkat çekmek için ellerinde çevirip, sırtından döndürüp çeşitli akrobatik hareketler yapıyorlar. Benim gibi görmemişler için en az 2 dakika izlenebilen bir olay.

Reklamcılık bu kadar gelişmiş ama görsel tasarımları kesinlikle bize göre değil, ya da sadece bana göre değil. Çok basit bir ilana bakınca bile başım dönüyor. Bu kadar kımıl kımıl, gürültülü, her yerinde bir balon içinde bir mesaj olan, insanı gereksiz bilgi bombardımına tutan bir tarzları var. Bu gereksiz bilgiler genelde orta okul seviyesindeki saf insanları kandıracak düzeyde önermeler içeriyor, ya da yine bana öyle geliyor. Türkiye’de televizyonlarda gece geç saatlerde yayınlanan Amerikan satış programlarını hatırlayın. Hani ürünü iki kişi tanıtır, bu iki kişiden biri hep saf, sakar, beceriksiz ve bedbahttır. Diğer sunucu ise elindeki ürünle harikalar yaratıp yanındaki gariban insanı hayretlere düşürür. İşte basılı olan her reklam sizi o saf olan sunucu yerine koyuyor.

Teksas’lı Amerikalılar yavaş konuşup iş yapmayan tipler. Ellerinde 1 litrelik kola bardakları ile dolaşıyorlar. Uzun uzun bir şey anlatıyorsun. İfadesiz bir suratla sana bakıp sadece “OK” diyorlar.

Birkaç kere sabah 06:45’e toplantı koydular. Şaka yapıyorlar sandım. Sabah 5’de kalkıp 6’da yola çıkıp fabrikaya vardım, bir baktım 15 kişi toplantı salonunda hazır beni bekliyor. Avrupa’da sıkıysa bir adamı 6:45 de işe çağır. Bu adamlar bu tip konularda çok esnekler.

Öğle yemeklerinde herkes Deli denilen soğuk sandviç yiyor nedense. Bir iki gün idare ediyor da bir süre sonra beni sıktı.

Kısa Kısa Şehirler

San Francisco

Görmek istediğim yerlerin başında geliyordu. Ben beğendim. Şehir, gördüğüm diğer Amerikan şehirlerinden oldukça farklı. Daha Avrupalı bir havası var. Sokakları canlı, yürüyen insanlar var. İnsanlar sıcak. Gece hayatı nispeten daha hareketli. Golden Gate’in karşı tarafı bambaşka bir güzel. Sausalito tam yaşanacak yer. 🙂 Napa’ya yakınlık ayrı bir olumlu özellik. Kötü olan şey ise sis. Bazı mevsimlerde özellikle çok yoğun sis oluyormuş. Şehrin bazı kısımları ise her zaman güneşli. 2 hafta sisten çıkamayan bölgelerdeki insanların canı güneş görmek istediğinde, atlayıp güneşlenecekleri alanlara gidebiliyor. Lombard ve Market Streetler, Fisherman’s Wharf güzel yerler. Burada Asyalı yoğun bir yabancı popülasyonu var.

Los Angeles

Görecek hiçbir şey yok demişlerdi. Gerçekten yok galiba. En çok bir günlük bir şehirmiş. Hollywood bulvarı görülecek tek yer herhalde. San Francisco’da sisli ve serin bir havadan binip, ince gömlekle gezilen güneşli bir havaya indim. Ondan hala hafızamda sıcak bir yer olarak kaldı.

San Diego

İşte yaşanacak şehir. Mükemmel havası var. Evlerinin yazın klimaya, kışın ise bir ısıtma sistemine ihtiyacı olmayan bir şehirden bahsediyoruz. Allah’ın sevdiği kulları yaşıyor herhalde. Kışın sıcacık, yazın okyanus esintisi ile serin. Havası çok temiz. Biraz tatil şehri havası var. Pasifik kıyısında çok geniş plajlarında her daim dalga sörfü yapan insanlar görmek mümkün. Meksika sınırına 3-4 mil uzaklıkta. Kolayca sınırı geçip ucuza yemek, eğlence bulabilirsiniz. Burada Meksikalı yoğun bir yabancı popülasyonu var.

Arizona – Phoenix

Tam çöl iklimi. Ocak ayında şehre iner inmez arabadaki klimayı açtım, o derece sıcak. Çöl ortamı hoş. Etrafta kaktüsler. Şehir Amerika’nın büyük şehirlerinden biriymiş. California’dan farklılaşmaya bu noktada başlıyorsunuz. Yatay şehirleşme, arabalı hayat falan filan. Jenna Jamesson’ın evinin önünden geçtim. 🙂 Ülkenin zengin yaşlıları kışın buraya gelip sıcak sıcak yaşıyorlar. Romatizma ya iyi geliyor.

Texas-Dallas

İşiniz yoksa sakın gelmeyin. Zaten gelmezsiniz de. Neden geleseniz ki? Çok büyük şehir ama bana çok sıkıcı geldi. Yerel insanlara akşam ne yapabilirim diye soruyorum aldığım cevaplar hep  “Şu alışveriş merkezine gidebilirsin, sonra orada da bir alışveriş merkezi var” tarzında oldu. Ya alışveriş merkezi dışında bir atraksiyon yok mu diye sorunca şöyle bir düşünüyorlar sonra “Sanırım yok” diyorlar. Birkaç kişi şehir merkezinde Kennedy’nin suikasta uğradığı görebilirsin dedi. Gittim, caddenin ortasında bir yıldız çizmişler. “Eee bu kadar mı?” dedim. Tüm aktivite 2.5 saniye sürdü. Yani iş dışında gidilecek bir yer değil.

St.Louis

Sakin bir Orta Amerika şehri. Arizona’da 30 derece sıcaklıktan 5 gün sonra gittim ve dizime kadar kar vardı. Burada donmuş bir göl üzerinde bile yürüdüm. Çok güzel bir botanik bahçesi var. İçindeki klimatron ayrıca güzel. Şehir Mississippi nehrinin kıyısında. Nehir pek güzeldi. Üzerinde dev buz kütleleri falan yüzüyor. Ayrıca gördüm ki bu nehir zaman zaman 4 metre kadar yükseliyor ve şehrin bir kısmını ve üzerindeki tüm köprüleri sular altında bırakıyor. Nehrin etrafındaki dev duvarların hizasına kadar suyun yükseldiğini hayal etmek çok şaşırtıcı. “St.Louis in Arc”ı denilen dev bir kemeri var. Şehrin alametifarikası olmuş.

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