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Simple You don't buy it Let's just analyse this for a bit shall we? You're not paying for the ice cream, you're paying for the experience. If you like ice cream but don't like entertainment or 'street entertainment' to be specific, buy your ice cream from somewhere that doesn't do that... Do not try and get the ice cream vendor to not 'do his show' for ...


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It'd be like going to a comedy show and telling the comedian off for making jokes at the audience. If it's expected and part of the 'show' or experience, it's what he does for a living, enjoys doing and to be told not to do it - well it'd be considered wrong. I'd hope you wouldn't tell the waitress not to ask about your day (she's being friendly as part ...


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I'm a non-muslim lived and worked for 9 months in Istanbul. So, here's my experience. Turkish people are really really friendly and very kind. They are known as Turkish hospitality which they as a host will take good care of you as a guest. While I was living in Istanbul, I talked and asked many questions to strangers. I never had any problems, even though I ...


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With the exception of some hotels, some high-end (tourist-focused) retail, and many shops are the airport, the only currency used is Turkish Lira. Anywhere that does accept other currencies will do it at a relatively poor exchange rate, so even where it's possible, I wouldn't recommend it. However Money Changers are pretty much omnipresent in Istanbul - at ...


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Having visited Istanbul and gotten Dondurma from such a vendor complete with the show, all I can say is it was one of the funnest experiences of the trip. I had no idea about what went on when asking for an ice cream cone and the Turks who were around when it occurred were all obviously in on the joke since they grew up with it. The showmanship alone was ...


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Officially Turkey no longer issues Visa-On-Arrival at any airports. The Visa-on-Arrival has been replaced with an "e-Visa" which can be applied for electronically at http://www.evisa.gov.tr/ eVisas are generally issued immediately so you could potentially apply for one whilst in the airside area of the airport if you had internet access, however you will ...


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Turkey is a beautiful country and Turkish citizens are very educated and well mannered pretty much everywhere. If you are taking public or private transport in Turkey, it's very common for people to help you, them typically being very kind to strangers. If you are non-Muslim, take some care of the sensitivities surrounding that, Avoid topics that might ...


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Just practice your eye-hand coordination, e.g. you can play catch with your kids. If your eye-hand coordination is good enough and you have fast enough reflexes, you'll be able to snatch that huge bulk of ice cream enough for 20 persons that the ice cream man was holding in front of the woman's face in the video.


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I think it is fairly certain that no such ferries exist. (Confirmed at turkeytravelplanner.com.) Until just recently (10-15 year?) there were no interaction at all between Greece and Turkey. What you can do is to get a ferry from Çeşme (just outside of Izmir) to Chios and from there get on a night ferry to Athens or Thessaloniki. I also found a schematic ...


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Most people from countries that used to get visa on arrival in Turkey now have to apply for an e-visa and are advised to do so before traveling. This site has the information on the e-visa and who can apply. And this page has the information what kind of visa Australians need to have. Australia: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to ...


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There is a booth at the arrival terminal of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The company is called IUGO. They are renting WiFi modems, smartphones, tablets and GPS navigators. The service became available in June 2014. WiFi modems and smartphones cost 6EUR/day to rent. Here's a photo of the location (sourced from IUGO's official Twitter page):


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Addresses work similarly in Turkey to most countries, in that a postcode is a general area. The point that your sat nav is showing will likely be the centre of that postcode area. As Henning pointed out, however, that area may be quite large. Here in the UK, urban postcode areas are very small (a few houses) but out in the country they can take in a much ...


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It's possible, although I would not necessary recommend it in the current climate. First, a map courtesy of the CIA: Start from Diyarbakir, Turkey, in the Turkish area of Kurdistan. Cross into Iraqi Kurdistan via the Ibrahim Khalil checkpoint, firmly in Kurdish hands, and the town of Zakho. Detour to Faysh Khabur at Syria's northeastern tippy-top if ...


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Yes, there always are customs laws. Free import: 1kg of coffee; 1kg of instant coffee; 500g of tea; 1kg of chocolate; 1kg food made of sugar; Prohibited Meat and dairy products Free export: Local drinks and foodstuffs up to a total value of TRY 100, each commodity not to exceed 5 kgs Prohibited ...


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It is completely okay. I do similar things all the time, although the two passports I hold are both visa-free in most of the places I visit. The Greek official will not care whether you have a stamp from Turkey in your passport. She or he will be concerned only with stamps from Greece and other countries in the Schengen area, to determine whether you have ...


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Although there are quite a few nice beaches along the Black Sea coastline, it's not particularly suitable for a vacation that's beach oriented. The weather will definitely be fine, you shouldn't worry about the temperature. Nor should you worry about the water being too cold either. However there are still a couple of peculiarities that make the northern ...


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Kars has quite a harsh climate. In November and December the driving conditions are not the best in that area. Moreover, if you don't want to freeze your balls off, think twice before considering options that involve walking, hitchhiking or waiting for buses or taxis in the middle of nowhere. From Kars there is a bus to Hopa, on the shores of the Black ...


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@User I don't speak their language and I would be really pissed if he does what he does to me on top of not understanding my request not to do it. and then this: .. seriously why can't he ask for my permission before doing his tricks? Of course he can, in turkish! :p


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Lonely Planet has a practical section on money costs in Istanbul: US dollars and euros are easily changed at exchange bureaux. They are also often accepted as payment without being changed. Rates are similar whichever bureau you go to, with the possible exception of those in the tourist precinct of Sultanahmet. I linked the entire article in case ...


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This recent post from The Istanbul Guide website mentions a few general-purpose apps including: Trafi Türkiye (Free, English and Turkish, iOS and Android) Working with real time data and timetables, this app pretty much unlocks the wondrous world of Istanbul's public transport. This well designed and easy to use public transport map gets you from A ...


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Turkish police does not have a page for wanted people, so no online resources by the Turkish government. The only online resource which might give you this information is the interpol, Turkey is a member of interpol and they should send information about wanted people to the interpol, especially those who do not reside in Turkey. Interpol has a page for ...


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Although not unheard of, it is quite uncommon that ATM operators charge you for using foreign credit or debit cards and after using several different ATMs in Turkey, I've never experienced that Turkish ATM operators do so. Your bank however (Sydbank) charge 2% of the amount, minimum 50 DKK for cash withdrawals abroad. I don't understand why your bank ...


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I have not been able to find any restrictions on the border crossing by foreigners on the Kartsakhi. Actually the most news on the subject I was able to find on Russian and Azeri news sites specifically with respect to the high speed rail project Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (Russian) where Kartsakhi would be the border crossing station for rail traffic on the line. ...


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According to the webpage of Turkish Ministry of Foreign affairs "As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings. Applicants just need to log on to http://www.evisa.gov.tr, provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa." ...


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The place called IUGO and it was at the Ataturk Airport, Arrival Terminal. We rented a wifi modem and paid tptal of 29 Euro per 5 days.


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I do not know Bulgaria well but I can tell you where you should look at for this kind of outdoor stuff. Karaköy is the best neighbourhood for buying outdoor and camping gear. You can find famous brands for good prices and average equipment for less. There are tens of outdoor shops there. Do not forget to negotiate the prices since there is at least 30% ...


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You want to apply for a Turkish visa and using their e-Visa system. You have a UK Provisional Driving Permit and are asking if it can be presented as a residence permit. tl;dr => no. One of the requirements for a UK Provisional Driving Permit is that the person be a 'UK Resident'. In this context, a 'UK Resident' is a person whose leave to remain was ...


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Kosovo: Based on the list "Who doesn't need a visa" from the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you do indeed need a visa as an Indian citizen. Based on this QA website linked to by the Kosovo MOFA, it seems you can arrange to mail your passport to one of the visa issuing locations. Based on the "Visa application procedure" page, there is no requirement ...


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If you plan on leaving the airport then, as a US passport holder, you will need a Turkish Visa to enter the country. United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also via the website ...


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So, yes it would seem you do need a visa if you want to leave the airport even if you have a valid Schengen visa. This is the relevant portion from the link for Indian citizens, Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Ordinary, Special and Service passport holders with a valid Schengen or OECD ...



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