Hi all there!
i just newly discovered that forum and by the chance the fifth title under the "poland culture" attracted me. i have been trying to read the posts from the first page but i couldnt stand to read them all till 19th one. it's mostly due to the content of discussions.
First of all I'm another Turk who hoped to find something peaceful and cultural at that forum above nationalism (i mean both for Turks and EU citizens). and i dont think nation means much above the personality of a human. my mother's family emigrated from Crete a century ago and my father's family came to Eagean lands from Bulgaria at 19th century. all my ancestors call themselves Turks but how far am I a Turk? i always judge that situation for all Anatolians that have been living in these lands for 1000 years. how can someone claim that his origins are from Khan's of Middle-Asia? most of Ottoman emperors got their Sultans (wives) from Russian slave-girls.
Is it sound possible to keep a race as pure as it was 1500 years ago without any mix? we talk about here Anatolia, a land that has been a "high-way" of trade, wars, empires, religions and cultures!
Before 19th century there wasnt a conception of Turkish nationalism in Ottoman empire. every muslim was accepted as a part of Ottoman community, therefore after spread of nationalism all over the Europe, all muslims living in Balkans and around empire are called Ottoman Turks. Thanks to France Revolution for its all racist ideas!(I'm joking at the last sentence:)
anyway you see i'm not well going with the radical nationalists of my own country. on the other hand, Turkish nationalism was a great cause&consequence of "The Turkish War of National Liberation."
I think these explanations about nationalism are enough for the first post.
i dont want to get involve any polemics about race or nationalism etc.
i just want to share stuff on cultural relations.
by the way, those (espically women) who dislike Turkish men on Skype, please be sure it is not a special treatment for European girls and women. that type of Turkish men are unfortunately rude and something above rudeness that i cant find a definition in English,... towards Turkish women too. you're right that only talkable subject of them, is sex. Turkish chat rooms in Turkey are also the same. and unfortunately streets of Istanbul are full of men who thinks every women should/may desire them.
I always want to think in a positive way that because of illeteracy and oppression these class of men dont have any other possibility to get contact a women. However I'm at 24 and half of my life has passed with the hatred of behaveres and looks of these men and i cant think of any positive idea.
Above all, middle, high-middle and upper class Turkish men are except all of these conceptions and expressions. kind, respectful, clever, sweet and lovely men that you come across are probably well-educated, urban living ones and spending his time on more valuable things than talking on sex at skype!
finally i can explain why i'm here. i have been studying on "Polish cinema after communism era" subject for my MA degree.
Because i love eastern European cinema, and Polish cinema gives the best movies of it, in my opinion. so i liked your country just for the movies of your great directors.
i want to know much more detail about Poland, Poles, history and culture.
what else i can say, i want to be a friend. of course in cultural meaning:)
i hope, i may change some negative thoughts of you.
you see well-educated and friendly Turks are real and they exists:)
I think ''Alaçatı'' is the place you describe.
by the way, i'm agree 'alaçatı' is the right address; indeed İzmir and Aegean side is the right route to have vocation and get to know Turkey.