Let’s talk about a slightly touchy subject: religion. You may imagine, as I did, that living in a Muslim country would beget a really limited lifestyle. But it hasn’t, it’s been so chill so far. I don’t feel any pressure or judgment whatsoever. Turkey is a very modern Muslim country in that way– people carry out their own beliefs, but they don’t expect others to think the same way. If women want to cover their heads, they do– if they don’t, they don’t. Many are strict with themselves about not drinking alcohol, but don’t seem to condemn others who do. It’s great to feel this warm and welcoming community, where people’s personal choices are respected.


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