Dogubayazit Local Customs

  • kids playing on the path to Ishak pasa sarayi
    kids playing on the path to Ishak pasa...
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    dog on the street
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    Ramadan time

    by DPando Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Unfortunatelly for my stomach all the time in Turkey i was under ramadan time, and its a period where mostly people practice muslim religion, therefore follow the ramadan during all the time.. for westerns the worst part (more in eastern turkey) is that everybody dont eat at all during the day, so its quite difficult find restaurant or places where take some food..
    At sunset time people come together to eat and drink abundantly.
    I havnt any trouble to eat in local spaces.. i guess that i look like a foreigner and they can understand that i need to do that....
    Just like an advice be carefull because locals are open after the sunset just for few time maybe 1 or 2 h . later its hard to find any open stall to buy or eat.. so follow the local schedule !!

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    Cats and dogs

    by DPando Written Apr 18, 2007

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    dog on the street

    Some guy told me once in turkey that dogs are quite bad dealed, but cats are quite good. Actually i could see how true is that question walking by this town and others.. its a real pitty.. that guy told me that Mahoma took cats around him and said that cats have soul but no dog get it, and muslims i think that believe in that.. because i didnt see any dog respected
    Maybe im wrong (i hope so ) but im talking for my evidences and what i saw there !!

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    Childs

    by DPando Written Apr 18, 2007

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    kids playing on the path to Ishak pasa sarayi

    eastern turkey is full of them wherever you move.. several kids will follow u maybe for a guide tour maybe for some coins or maybe for candies.. so polite but a little bit tiresome, but they always love to make pictures with them, its so easy and pleasant.. always smiling and Dogubayazit was an exemple of tens of shots to them !!

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    Kurdish

    by DPando Written Feb 19, 2007

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    In this region everybody is kurdish not turkish, so they are so proud of their roots and their dresses and style are so different and their manners as well
    I rather their way and the arabic as well over the turkish
    i dont mean that turkish are worst but kurdish are really really kind wherever you go.. and despite the comments on western turkey you have to go there... western turkish talk so bad from them .. (they are terrorist) but not everybody is a bad person.. kurdish people demonstrated me that they are different to turkish, that's true, but impressively welcoming, and helpful

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    Shepherds

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 16, 2005

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    Girl with goats and sheep

    Around Dogubayazit you will probably see some shepherds. It is mostly boys or men with a herd of sheep. But as you see on the picture the shepherd can also be a girl and the herd be one of not only sheep but also with some goats.

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    Satelites

    by MalenaN Written Jan 17, 2004

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    I was surprised to see so many parabols for sattelite TV on the roofs in the small villages in eastern Turkey. I was told that people could sell a carpet or a sheep just to be able to watch TV-programes in Kurdish. Turkey has not sent Kurdish programes but they are sent from Belgium, Irak and other countries.
    But a couple of months ago I heard that Turkey is going to start sending TV-programes in Kurdish.

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    A bigger bird

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    The man at the restaurant above Isak Pasha Palace has got three young eagles in a cage. I can tell you they have sharp claws!
    I hope they will eventually learn how to take care of themselves to live in freedom!

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    Water

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    Women and girls are fetching water in the centre of the village.
    I don't know if this water is drinkable, but I filled my waterbottle at two other places close to Isak Pasha Palace where the water was good for drinking.

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    Schools

    by MalenaN Written Dec 6, 2003

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    Outside every school in Turkey I saw the Turkish flag, even though it was summerholiday. At Swedish schools we are only flagging if there is a special flag day, like the National Day, Kings Birthday etc.

    The picture is from a small village outside Dogubayazit. In most villages here Kurdish is the language spoken but in school only the Turkish language is used.

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    For heating

    by MalenaN Written Dec 6, 2003

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    Faeces from the animals is collected and dried, to be used for heating.
    The outside of this conical shaped mound is waterproof so the inside is always kept dry.
    These mounds can been seen in villages around Ararat in eastern Turkey.

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    One more meteorite crater ?

    by ByeByeBayan Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Just a hole , or... a crater ? I don't know.

    It's amazing how many meteorite craters can be seen around Dogubayazit. Could it be a local custom ? We found that one in the highlands, there were no further informations.

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    Boys with a bird

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    Always ask before you take a photo of somebody. Not everybody is happy about it. But these two boys, holding a bird, in a small village near Dogubayazit did not mind having their photo taken.

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    Washing

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    One of the women is washing cloths and carpets. The other woman is washing the dishes. The water is comming in a small pipe out into the cemented zink.

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    Turkey in Turkey

    by MalenaN Written Dec 6, 2003

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    This turkey was walking on the street in a small village near Dogubayazit.
    Waiting to be eaten?
    Thinking of it, I never saw turkey on the menu while I was there (in the country).

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