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Turkish people often use old, wise sayings in order to make the best possible decisions to avoid sticky situations. Proverbs and their affect on people's day-to-day decisions are very strong in Turkey.
In a world where much of the hatred in the world today is generated by fear of the unknown, travel promotes peace to the bones. Travelers overcome boundaries, find similarities and appreciate differences because they directly experience the world and the people in it.
The other day somebody asked me about the initial divide and the principle differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. I began to answer, only to realize that I couldn't answer.
While researching potential non-profit partners for The Other Tour in Istanbul, I came across TOFD (Turkiye Omurilik Felclileri Dernegi, or, The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey). They dedicate themselves to protecting and improving the educational, occupational, legal, economic, social and cultural rights and benefits as well as ensuring employment, social integration and applicability of human rights for people who have suffered spinal cord paralysis. Established an entity though TOFD is, it still has trouble finding volunteers to assist with their numerous projects, even for just an hour or two a day.
A list of the least-spoken facts about Turkey and Istanbul that you should know before coming here. I believe visiting this country aware of the insider's tips that I've shared below can only help you be more prepared and insightful with respect to Turkey.