Innovations Turkish style

Unlike the people I come from, Turks don’t plan much in advance. Faith in inşallah (if Allah permits) and the reality of a bureaucracy that is simultaneously archaic and ever changing, means it isn’t usually worth the effort. Any plans that are made in advance are done so on an ad hoc basis with little thought given to the consequences. By way of compensation, the Turks are very good at on the spot problem solving. Here are a selection of unique innovations Turkish style.

Down in Kuşdili, where the old Tuesday markets used to be held in Kadıköy, huge concrete pipes are being installed to enclose the run off water.

IMG_8283Lacking all but the most basic facilities, the workers installed a dining table and benches in one of them. A nice shady place to have lunch!

IMG_8284Recent changes to the laws on advertising have meant that alcohol companies can no longer use brand names to promote their products. The most visible way they used them in the past were in the signs they provided for the shops known as Tekel. These shops once had the monopoly (tekel) on selling beer, wine and spirits.

It wasn’t long before the Turks discovered that using the same familiar colours and patterns would be enough to get the message across. So these…

IMG_8312Efes close up … become these.


You can find out more about the Turks and everyday life here in my book Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries. Available in paperback or as an ebook.

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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul. In addition to my blog I've written a travel narrative memoir called "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul" and two collections of essays, "Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City" and "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries". I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called "Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk", through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.
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