Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Scariest Thing That's Ever Happened To Me In Turkey

In Turkey, around major national holidays, the streets are decorated like this:

That picture was actually from August's Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı). They put them up again for Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı). Republic Day was Saturday so it was about time for the flags to go. Today, I saw them taking the flags down and snapped this crooked picture. Tilt your head slightly to the right:

As I walked by the men folding the falling flags, I said my pardon's and tried to scootch by. Just as I got next to this old Turkish man folding the flags, he pretended like he was going to drape the flags over me. I was briefly terrified as I saw the material heading for my head, which only made him laugh harder. I think that these old Turkish men live to pull pranks on foreigners. 

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