), I developed a massive crush on my thirtysomething single driver from Hawzen, which I later found out was reciprocated. Generally nothing deep, more like "good morning", "good night", "how are you doing? which might be due to the patchy Internet connection or that he's busy with work. In addition to the language barrier (his English is pretty basic), I'm sure there's a huge cultural divide that I'm not even aware of.
On a recent trip to Tigrai (where I had an amazing time! He sends me Whats App messages pretty much every day. The chats only last a few minutes and more often than not they end rather abruptly... Does he just want to be friends or is there more to it?
(It was the same even in the sultan's palace: although the sultan was the monarch, it was his mother, the Valide Sultan, who decided which harem girls he would sleep with, and when!
) Atatürk's reforms hoped to blast these centuries-old traditions to smithereens, and to liberate women completely so they could participate in every aspect of society equally with men.
A few years ago changes in the law allowed couples to get married in all sorts of places (known as a civil Wedding Ceremony).
Most weddings take place on Saturday afternoons, this is very much the “peak period” in any week for getting married.
Dating Dating usually starts in the teenage years, although some kids at primary school age are now having boy and girl friends from the age of 8 years and upwards.
The status of women in Turkey is different from what it is in your home country. In some ways, women may seem subservient to men; but Turkey had a female supreme court justice long before the USA did, and Turkey has had a female head of government, something the USA, for all its success in women's liberation, has not yet had.
A few times I've gotten a few terms of endearment ("konjo", "sweet"), compliments ("you too kind", "good person", "beautiful smile") and the admission that he was constantly looking at me in the rearview mirror but mostly it's just the daily "how you doing?
I get the impression that he doesn't like direct questions - is that cultural or because answering in English requires too much effort?
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