When traveling to a country with customs different than your own, it is best to live by this philosophy.."When in Rome...
There was an incident I heard about of an American traveling in Turkey. This teenager entered a mosque wearing a bustier top and hot pants and to make it worse, she was with her mother who did not see fit to tell her daughter that this is not how to dress in a holy place, whether it is your faith or not. You should have respect for all religions and cultures.
Reading some blogs recently on the appropriateness of Hillary Clinton wearing a headscarf when she visits Muslim countries, I was quite surprised by some comments. One person actually said it was not Christian to wear a headscarf, where all she is doing is respecting the people and culture that she is visiting. This is the way to bridge international gaps, not with bias and inflexibility.
Here is my travel advice - if you want to be welcomed by the locals and really taught the uniqueness of the culture you are visiting and get the most of your vacation, RESPECT their culture!!! Wearing a headscarf in a mosque does not make you less Christian but more so because you are able to treat ALL people with respect regardless of your differences.
Turkey is a beautiful Muslim majority country and one of the most tolerant as it is in that middle land between Europe and the Middle East. If you respect their culture when you visit, you might be invited to a family dinner as they are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet and be able to taste the unique, varied taste of Turkey - much more to it than gyros!!
Here is one of their unique, delicious recipes just to tempt your palate:
3 tablespoons olive oil1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 pound ground beef
2 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups natural yogurt
3 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh mint, finely chopped
1 pound penne
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
fresh mint leaves, garnish
1. Cook onions in olive oil until soft. Add meat, jalapeno, thyme, and parsley. Cook until the meat browns.
2. Stir in 2 tablespoons water, salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. In separate bowl beat together, yogurt, garlic, mint and salt.
4. Cook pasta as directed. Toss with meat sauce and keep warm. Pour yogurt sauce over the top.
5. Stir together butter, paprika and cayenne. Pour over the pasta and garnish with mint leaves.
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