When I moved to Turkey 22 years ago, all I knew and heard about this amazing country was the endless glasses of tea, the kebabs and the Grand Bazar. But if you really want to get under the country’s skin, here are less commonly known things about life and culture in Turkey.
1. Turkish people are extremely hospitable and hot-blooded. Even if you are meeting someone for the first time, you may be invited to fancy dinner or lunch to his or her home. They are open and generous and you are called “Misafer”, guest, so you are high-valued guest and it will be an honour for them to invite you and take care of you.
2. Most business appointments will take place on time, but traffic in large cities may cause few minutes and sometime over one-hour delay. So if you have meetings in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, you may want to consider traffic as you schedule your appointments.