If you are travelling by yourself, as I was, then you won't be alone for long. The locals are very friendly and generous, I paid for very few meals here. Maybe bring some small gifts that are special to your country.
We happened to be in Mardin...
We happened to be in Mardin for the Nowruz Kurdish festival, which as far as I could tell involves leaping over fires and lots of clapping. We were warned about getting too close though, as there is often trouble with the Turkish police who don't tolerate much of this sort of celebrations. In Diyarbakir there was trouble, so Nowruz is not the best time to visit the kurdish areas of Turkey.
Tea after every meal
in Turkey, you'll get a cup of tea after every meal, a custom that is done carefully in every restaurant.
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book a tourguide in advance,...
book a tourguide in advance, or make sure the building will be open, before you go up to the palace.