Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PREFACE to "Road trip to Thessaloniki"

I am very tempted write a very long entry here to discuss that Turkey is not the EU reject only because it is the Muslim loner but because we have way too many things to straighten up. You will say, "So did all the other nations like Greece and Latvia have before they received the EU funds." The EU standardization process will fix our roads, feed our homeless and maybe even release a few writers from prison but it will not achieve to standardize a European mentality here. We will still be terrorized by the chorus of cab drivers honking in the last seconds of the red light as a "get ready" warning, the bus rides will be long breath retention exercises because the average Ahmet showers once a week, and people will continue to walk their dogs in your apartment's garden leaving one unwrapped present on your tire and another one on the apartment's entry.

My intention here is to spread the traveler wisdom, so I will try to limit my criticism and talk of all the fun things we did. Yet, there might be a few lines of necessary outburst of animadversion.

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Winston Churchill

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