Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:53 PM
--- People dress more conservatively
--- People look quite smart and European, especially on the metro and metrobus
--- People behave like city people, but if you ask them a question they quickly snap out of it, are very friendly and helpful
--- There are no chavs
--- There are no young single mothers with pushchairs, mobile phones, and smoking fags!!
--- People are dressed for the weather - sounds odd, but so many people at home do not!!
--- Everyone is an expert.....and I mean everyone......they know everything about everything, and they love to tell you how much they know!!!
--- People are really helpful and flexible
If I think of anymore....... or if you can.....
Posted 10 March 2011 - 01:16 PM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 01:57 PM
Hope you have a great time in İstanbul xxx
Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:36 PM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:26 PM
Samantha...we have loads in my town too!!
True, sunny, but not young mums!!!!!
Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:49 AM
If you see them dancing they are attempting a a routine in which their body goes into a controlled convulsion whilst they swing their arms about like windmills.
All in all, the worst thing about this beautiful country.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:40 AM
i have never been to Istanbul so cant comment but hub said its not the people he didnt like its the cars (and subsequent drivers in them so i guess people too)
so is a sub section for turks in cars in istanbul required? like most humans they are likely different once behind the wheel? or at least hub seemed to think so.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:24 AM
And good description of those dear apaches clinky. But try to value them, too. They are interesting as they represent a youth subculture that is indigenous to Turkey, unlike most of the styles you occasionally see around like punks or goths or emos. I was talking to a sociology student about all this the other day, she is just finishing her masters thesis on punks in istanbul. I wondered if the apaches were the first of their kind, but she mentioned that arabesk was also a local subculture.
I am thinking of starting one of my own based on 70s fashions. I still have my narrow tie, and I could ask my sister in law to start work on some superflared jeans.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:06 PM
was spoilt for choice in London but i wonder if it always has to be new here to be worn?
i miss people watching....in cities.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:51 PM
Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:53 PM
Pink pyjama bottoms tucked into reproduction Uggs from the market, teamed with a puffy parka jacket
Hair worn backcombed and teased to within an inch of its life and put up in an approximation of a beehive or in rollers
Fag or budweiser in hand - or both (fag as in cigarette of course.... in case our US members misunderstand)
At risk of sounding a snob, I would point out that I don't live there
I was also pretty embarrassed to see a woman walking round Migros in Marmaris a few years ago in her bikini top. Obviously misread the local dresscode.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 05:17 AM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 12:30 PM
Lucid, as for driving in Istanbul, I've come to the conclusion that it is done in a kind of 'Jedi fashion' !!! ie. just let the force be with you and it will be ok!!!
And here is some info on a couple of vintage shops http://www.timeoutis...alue_of_vintage
Fil, What I mean is, in Istanbul people dress for the weather, and for their age, which where I live doesn't seem to happen, this makes them appear somehow 'conservative' to me.
For example, in England a man in his 50's may dress in exactly the same clothes as a youth in his 20's, whereas a man in Istanbul wouldn't. The same with women, in England you can see a woman from the back and think she's maybe a teenager from her hair, shoes, tatoos, clothes, but when she turns round, you see that she is in fact in her 40's.
Also people dress sensibly for the weather, whereas in England, what people 'want' to wear comes first, and practicality second. For example when we had snow recently, I saw women wearing high heeled boots and ponchos, and men wearing tracksuits, no hats, scarves or gloves!
Maybe I'm getting old!!! But There does seem to have been a 'chavification' of England!!
Amy, I haven't heard anyone call the police the fuzz for ages hahahaha
Posted 13 March 2011 - 02:26 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 02:48 PM
I'll post a couple of threads this week to fill you in!
Posted 14 March 2011 - 12:17 PM
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:33 AM
i repeat myself again..my MIL wears things til they fall apart & even then does a patchwork job to die for.New is waste for her unless something has actually broken. When i see the rich Istanbulites flats on TV etc i pee myself as its sooooo far removed from what most turks own & when you see/hear they dont even clean their own houses i pee myself again.Part of the process of owning stuff is looking after it is it not?
Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:33 PM
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:17 AM