To surprise a north European

Earlier today I was walking through Ortaköy with my parents. Certainly a nice place, but instead of taking in the view I found my father staring at some telephone booths. “Not a single one is cut.” he said, very surprised. This was the second time he seemed really surprised after one week here. The first time was when seeing the subway and finding that not only was the original wall paintings still visible, they were even clean, without grafitti.

I have noticed this as a huge difference since I first moved here and I really must say it’s hard to grasp. Anyone got any own thoughts about this?

5 Comments so far

  1. Meral (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    Maybe subway walls decorated with grafitti would be nicer, at least we’d have something interesting to look at down there.
    I don’t recall seeing any cut telephone booths for all those years I’ve been living here. Can it be possible not to have a single cut phone booth? It seems it is…


  2. Sven Holmström (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    I actually find the interior of the subway here rather nicely decorated. Only me?

    “I don’t recall seeing any cut telephone booths…”

    Mer neither, during my six months. In my part of the world it’s an obsession to do such things. It’s something completely normal.


  3. Meral (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    “I actually find the interior of the subway here rather nicely decorated. Only me?”
    I admit, the shade o blue is quite appealing, I find the blue of Bosphorus on sunny days down in earth! And if all our “baby subway” had been decorated, then it might look good. But unfortunately most of it so artificial, without life.

    And about cut phone booths: I don’t know your part of the world, but maybe because we yell each other a lot, booths are saved to be a target of violence! (Ok..ok…a far-fetched theory!)


  4. metecem (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 6:46 am

    i think there is a universal destiny for booths…

    if they are placed in centers or crowded places, they survive. otherwise they are dead meat..

    in berlin the bus stops are made of tempered glass, booths have glass wind protection plates, too… how many survive a night, i can’t say….

    what really pisses me off is that istanbul has very few litter boxes…


  5. Meral (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    “what really pisses me off is that istanbul has very few litter boxes…”

    This pisses me off also! Because there are so few litter boxes I have to put cigarette ends in my bag (smoked cigarette smells terrible), I have to carry empty bottles, packages, etc in my hand! And even if you’re lucky to find one probably it will be chock full because noone has bothered to empty it, which is aesthetically so disturbing and not healthy.
    Maybe our people don’t have much problem in simply throwing things on the roads, but in a way they are forced to do it; when there are almost none litter boxes around, can you really accuse them?
    I sometimes dream of going into mayor’s office and leave all those rubbish I have to carry in my bag and hands on his table!



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