Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Brief Word About Turkey

Before the deluge of Greece posts begins let me write briefly about out lay over in Istanbul.  We had not originally intended to head that direction but Lufthansa's baggage workers went on strike and so we ended up being re-booked through Turkish Airlines to Istanbul and then onto Athens.


In someways visiting the Istanbul airport was the closest thing to American culture that we've come in our trip.  We found Burger King, Popeye's Chicken [what must non-Americans think when they eat there?], Chinese mall type food, Victoria Secret, etc.

In other ways this was clearly a Muslim country with many many women dressed in full burqas with flights headed all over the Middle East.  As we were sitting at our gate waiting for our flight a guy started yelling about the Turkish government.  He had clearly been wronged some how and his screams were directed at the airport staff.  This went on for quite a while and eventually he took his shirt off as security was closing in on him.  Six security guards came and took him away after a brief scuffle.  It was a moment we won't soon forget.  

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