Merhaba! It’s Magda from the Turkish coffee channel! And today, as I am a real Polish woman, I will complain. There is a stereotype about Poles here in Turkey,
that we like to complain, like to moan. There is some truth in it.
I like to do it too. So today we’ll have such an episode. I would like to tell you today about things
which constantly annoy me in Turkey. But before I get to the point … One small remark. I want to say something you before
you start writing comments like: If you don’t like Turkey so badly, why are you there?
Get out of there girl! What I will tell you about today are really small things. Of course they are annoying, but not that much
that I can’t stand it and that … I don’t know … … make me feel bad here … I am aware that I came here
as a guest to a foreign country. A country with its a culture, traditions and behaviors. Which are sometimes completely different
than those to which we are used to in Poland. It all results from cultural differences
and I can’t change it. I can complain about it, but I have to accept it. And that’s it, and … no country is perfect. There are pros and cons in every country. In every country there is something that someone
will hate, and someone will love this country for it. This is a very individual matter. So take all that I have to tell you
today with a grain of salt. And also remember that I will generalize a little,
because obviously as I say in this video, that Turks do this or that it doesn’t mean,
all Turks are like that and everyone behaves this way. These will be very general observations. So remember that and also … There are a lot of things that piss me off in Turkey. But there are also a lot of things
for which I love this country. Thanks to which I feel good here. I am happy here. Thanks to which I can feel at home here. And I will tell you all about it in a week.
So today it’ll be a little bitter … But in a week we will sweeten it all. So stay tuned. In a week it will be definitely on. Okay, enough of blabbing. Let’s get to the point. The first thing that annoys me in Turkey
is that there is no organization whatsoever. Everything is done spontaneously.
Everyone has time for everything. This can be considered a plus, but at the time when you have to do something important
this can be annoying. There is no plan. You never know who to go to and
when the case is going to be solved. Everyone sends you from one person to another. Chaos just chaos. And it can take place in every field of life. Recently, the thing that annoyed us the most was … connecting natural gas to our flat and I told you about it in the video where I showed you the flat. It lasted terribly long. We had to go to the office every day. Ask, beg. Every day we heard the same answer
that everything would be done tomorrow. Everything will definitely be done tomorrow. Tomorrow came and nothing really
happened over and over again. Chaos. I have the opportunity now
to apply for Turkish citizenship. And I decided to get ready for it lately. So we went to Van to find out
what documents are needed. Again … We went to the “Information” place. The gentleman who was sitting in this window,
somehow couldn’t understand what we meant. Then he said he has been working not
very long there and he doesn’t know who deals with these matters
and where he should send us. Then came the thing … The second thing that also irritates me a lot in Turkey. God … See? I already feel such emotions
they my tongue tangles up. The second thing – push into a queue. This man does’t give us any specific information. And people are pushing into a queue from each side. They ask him questions, and i he instead of telling them: “Sorry, but there is a queue. Please wait.
I’ll talk to this lady first.” He answers their questions and we stand like that. I don’t know, for me … It is like out of space. Nothing can be done.
And this pushing into a queue is everywhere. It doesn’t matter … In the supermarket or while
getting on the bus or even at the doctor’s. It annoys me so bad. I’m at the doctor. I’m sitting at the doctor’s office. Other patients come in. They knock and come in. They don’t wait for
the doctor to say whether to come in or not. They see that I am inside, so the doctor is busy. Maybe I wouldn’t want to talk
about my illness next to a stranger. And this person stands and waits until
I don’t know … this doctor … I don’t know … He will say that I am about to leave or he
will examined me and this person at once or ..? No idea. The same in the supermarket,
they are pushing into a queue. Even at the airport in the check-in line. This is unbelievable and the worst is
that even if you tell this person something they don’t feel ashamed.
No embarrassment for doing so. It is all natural here, that whoever
has more strength, the one who pushes in more … … he or she rules … And this is also very visible on the road. You can talk for hours about traffic. And I talked about it from a pedestrian’s
perspective in this video. So I won’t come back to it here.
I will just say that as a pedestrian … You’re the last in this street “food chain”. You mean nothing. And to somehow survive on the street, cross over
or so you have to fight for your life literally. But now, since we got a car with Nuri
and we drive with Nuri often I can see it all from the driver’s perspective. And it is not better at all. And again I have the impression that
who has a bigger car or who is more eager to push in somewhere
this one has the priority and that’s it. Shock! There are the same traffic rules here as in Europe. And they began to give the same high fines here too. But that doesn’t change anything. I don’t know.
I guess many years may pass until anything changes and such absurd things happen on the road! First of all, I have the impression that
using the direction indicator… doesn’t matter in Turkey, nobody uses it. Whether overtaking or changing lane, whatever.
Why should we even give a sign on this matter, no? You must know that he want’s to change the lane. And push in front of your nose. The second thing… Often in Turkey, roads are constructed in a way that
there are few lanes to one side, few to the other. You could actually see it in this video. And sometimes we have such situations that we drive,
and someone overtakes us from the right side. It is so irresponsible! After all, this person puts our lives
and their lives at risk … How can you do such a thing? The driver doesn’t check the right mirror
to see what’s going on, only the left one. Is the driver, Nuri in this case, a fortune teller to know
that someone will be overtaking on the right? I don’t know … And the same thing for example … Nobody thinks about safety and responsibility
for the life of the other person. I have such an impression
that it’s a lack of imagination, I think. Because … On most roads there is that emergency lane. For an ambulance and so. And often when there is a traffic jam,
Turks simply use this lane, they drive on it. And then we have a the traffic jam on that lane too.
Everyone is standing. There is nowhere to move. What if the ambulance was coming? If there was a patient for whom every
second is important to save his life? And this ambulance cannot pass, because the idiot
stopped and blocked this lane and can’t go anywhere. I don’t know if these people even think about it. How would he feel? What would he feel if because of
his stupidity and selfishness somebody lost his life? Because the ambulance couldn’t pass by. Sick! This is sick! And I’m not even talking about such … You know … Understanding for strangers. But even your own children. Listen, how many times I can see … I don’t even say that nobody uses a child seat. The child just sits but they
don’t even fasten the seatbelts. Or after all a great idea is also to put the baby on your knees when you drive, no? Great idea! I don’t know if people are aware of
what would happen to this child if suddenly an accident happened and
this car would hit somewhere. They would kill a child! I don’t know… Recently there was such a situation, a friend told us. Nuri’s friend from work.
He was dribing in a town here in Erciş. And in front of him there was some bigger car. You know what? I don’t know anything about cars.
I can only tell you the color. Well, a big car like … minibus, something like that. And our friend behind him and suddenly … The back door of this minibus opened and something fell out of this car straight
under the hood of our friend’s car. He braked. Luckily he wasn’t going
quickly because it was in town. In a moment this family realized
that they had lost something. So they also stopped. They got out of this car. And it turned out that what they lost, what
fell out of the trunk in front of the hood was their child, about 4 years old. Probably sitting in the back there on this extra armchair. I don’t know, maybe the child was bored.
Of course not fastened in a seat belt, nothing. The child got up, maybe opened the door,
I don’t know … and fell out. Can you imagine? After all, he could kill this child if he didn’t stop. And this family was behaving
as if nothing happened at all. They took this child and packed it back
to the car and drove on. Nothing happened. For me it is indescribable, unimaginable. I hope this will change. I say, they give these fines more and more. I know that it used to be like that in Poland once. Before we joined the European Union. Before they started giving fines at every turn. People used to drive completely irresponsibly. I also load children on the back of
car and didn’t fasten seat belts etc. Then somehow all this changed in Poland and
I hope it will finally happen here too because … I really feel the shivers down my back. All right, but let’s not babble about it anymore. What’s next? What else annoys me? It also annoys me that Turks …
they are not honest in some matters. I mean, they don’t say what’s going on. Such senseless beating around the bush. Such talking about Mary’s ass instead of
saying straight away what’s going on. It irritates me so bad … Tell me what you mean!
Why are talking about bullshit? Whatever you want ask someone a favor, even a friend. First you have to talk about the weather,
about this, about that. Before you even tell what you mean,
and what you want to ask for. For me it is a waste of time. I don’t know, maybe it’s because
as I recently said I’m an introvert. And I don’t like senseless talking. And here you have to do it everywhere and … There are two situations associated with this,
which annoy me a lot. First one – you have to have a chat
everywhere, “small talk”. It doesn’t matter if you want it or not. It doesn’t matter if you see this person only
once in your life, you’ll never meet them again. Or if this is your neighbor, doesn’t matter. There must always be a small talk. And I don’t know … I get in a taxi,
1500 questions at once. Where are you from? Why are you here?
Do you like Turkey? The neighbors the same. I has a situation like… I’m going out. I’m locking the door. A neighbor is doing something on the stairs.
I don’t know … watering flowers. She turns to me and says: You are from Russia, right? I say: No, I am from Poland. Oh. Because here everyone in the block says that you
are from Russia, I’ll tell them that you are from Poland. Ok cool… But… You will probably say in the comments: You are a foreigner. People know you are foreigner,
because it shows so they are interested. No, because Nuri has the same situation. Everywhere just … They came at last to mount us this natural gas … We will never see them again in life.
Of course, big talking again: What do you do in Erciş?
And how do you like Erciş? The weather, and so, and it got cold,
and frost and snow … Everywhere. At every turn. There is no possibility,
that you interact with someone … Where it would seem that you don’t need to talk
and that there will be no talk. There is always talk. Always. About bullshit. I hate it. And what also annoys me with
this beating around the bush. That nobody will ever tell you directly what they think. And these are even trivial situations.
Let’s say I invite friends for dinner. And I would like to know who will come. I have to prepare stuff.
I need to know how much food to cook, etc. I invite you so I expect you to tell me:
Yes I’ll come. / No, I won’t come. No. Turks even as they know that they
will not come 100% they will tell you: I will try to come. And I, as a Polish gril, hearing “I’ll try to come”,
I think that this person will actually try to come. So I prepare stuff for this person, and this person
saying that already knew that he or she won’t come. And even more of it. He or she won’t
even let me know that they won’t come. And I’m just waiting … and this person is not there. I don’t understand if Turks think that as they say
“No, I won’t come” I will be offended? I am more offended because … he didn’t tell me, he didn’t let me know
I made it all and he didn’t come. Come on, man! I don’t know … Weird behavior. I don’t know. I like to speak directly. Be honest. But because of it they think I’m rude. Because I say things directly. I’m really excited. I’m sweating even. What’s next? Next… Smoking. Smoking cigarettes everywhere. Of course, again there are also fines introduced. That you can’t smoke in public places,
but nobody cares about it. Everywhere they just blow in your face and … Zero. Again zero awareness about … You want it, go ahead, poison yourself at home.
I don’t care. But maybe I don’t want to inhale it.
Why are you blowing to my face in the street with this? And also zero awareness about ecology I think. They introduced paid shopping bags. I was so happy! In the end they won’t give me
plastic in the supermarket! No. This is not how it happens. No. At all. You enter the supermarket. You have a greengrocer and it starts there. The greengrocer bags are free. So you can take 1500 of them and pack everything in
them so that you don’t have to pay for the plastic bag. But I don’t want it! I take one bag. I put carrots on weight and ask to weigh them,
put them in this bag, stick the sticker with the printed price, then
weigh me cucumbers, add to these carrots, stick another sticker etc. etc. I have everything in one bag and
this bag is covered with these stickers. I don’t need to have everything packed separately. Good… The man who weighs these things and puts on
these stickers agrees to my request and … … and he just goes with it, right? And then I came to the cashier and the cashier
was outraged that I was hindering her work. And she just threw all of the vegetables
and fruit out of this bag there. Because she couldn’t handle to turn
the packed bag around and chip it all out. It was easier for her when the bag was empty. So she threw it all out and said: Next time I would prefer
you to pack everything separately and had a separate sticker on each bag,
because how is she supposed to work like this ..? Whatever. There are also private supermarkets
not belonging to any network. And there the owners of these supermarkets thought that if they make shopping bags
free it will attract customers. And they give you those bags. I come with my bag and I’m happy
that nobody will push this plastic on me, but they still do. Do you want a plastic bag?
No thanks. I don’t want a plastic bag, I have my bag. But it’ll be easier if you take a plastic bag. No thanks. But our bags are free. Please take it. I don’t mean that. I just don’t want plastic at home. I want to take care of the planet. I don’t know…
I don’t know what to do with this plastic at home. They look at me like at a UFO.
They just don’t understand. Why don’t I want this plastic bag? It’s free, I can take it. Why don’t I take it? And the same goes unfortunately with the trash. I have the impression that nobody teaches
kids at school that they shouldn’t trash around. I have the impression that nobody is ashamed of it,
that they throw the trash in the middle of the pavement. In tourist resorts you can’t see it. It is obviously cleaned to make it nice and pleasant. I am also very proud of Nuri’s hometown – Burdur. There, the mayor really pays attention to it and
recently some sort of incineration plant was created. I don’t know exactly how it works, but the point is
they burn the rubbish and electricity is created from it. Great solution. Cool!
Something is going on but still not enough. And here especially in the east as we are in
a small town, there is rubbish everywhere. I think that everyone just wants
to have it cleaned at home, but what’s going on outside the home is no longer
important. You can just throw the trash around … And I don’t know if people think it will break down? That it is like a banana peel and it will
soak into the ground? I have no idea … and … I witnessed the situation … I went to the shop in the city. A man was drinking … The man working there was drinking
some coffee or tea in a plastic cup. He knew he had to serve me, so he said:
Wait a minute, I’ll just finish it. He took the last sip. He opened the door
to the street and threw this cup onto the pavement. Same thing in the public bus. A woman sitting. She had a child on her lap.
The child was eating a lollipop. He ate a lollipop. The bus stopped. The door opened. The child threw this lollipop stick
through that door to the pavement. Mother didn’t react. I try to get people’s attention, but … People look at me like at UFO again. They don’t understand why this is something bad.
They are not embarrassed, they are not ashamed of it. Somewhere out there, we’re trying to fight it a bit. And Nuri as a teacher can have
some influence on kids at school. At school… Recently he did such an experiment. He told children at the lesson:
Listen up kids! Starting from today throughout the week
after all you eat and drink we will throw away the packages here
in the classroom to the floor. What do you say? And the children were like… What? To the floor? But the classroom will be a mess,
there will be trash everywhere. It will accumulate over the week. Why should we do this? There will be mess in the class. You don’t want a mess.
You don’t want to walk on the trash. So why do you throw rubbish
on the pitch and make it a mess? And the children actually started thinking about it. And next time Nuri brought gloves,
masks and trash bags to school. And the whole class cleaned the school grounds. And they were really proud of it. So I hope that such actions
will change something in their minds. You have to start from a small age. Children should take it from home and school. I hope that there will be such actions
more and more and that this will change because … Really… It’s awful. You walk down the street
and there is rubbish everywhere. It can’t be like that. Oh God … What else can I say? You know that … meddling … like … Everyone must know everything, no? Like … All the neighbors know everything about everyone. And they are surprised that I don’t
and that I am not interested. Recently, a woman knocked on my door. I opened and she asked me why
my neighbors don’t open her door. Are they at home? I said: I don’t know if they are at home.
Why should I know that? And she: What? They are your neighbors next door!
How can you not know if they went out? Maybe I’m weird. I don’t know…
Let me know in the comments. And that’s it … Aa! One more thing!
God! I almost forgot! It’s also so … [strange sounds] … annoying. And you as tourists in Turkey can also notice it. Stop people by on the street. Both by restaurant employees and
clothes stores, souvenirs stores, something. I know they are paid for it. And that maybe they don’t even want to do it,
but they do it because they get a bonus from it. But man … Why are you yelling at me
that I should enter this place and eat? If I am hungry and want to eat what
this place offers, I will enter it myself. You don’t have to yell at me. Same … I go to the clothes store, I ckech around. In Poland, a shop assistant will come and ask:
How can I help you? I say: No, I’m just looking around. I don’t need help. And she will just say:
If you need something please tell me. And she goes away, she gives me peace of mind.
But not here. I say: No, I’m just looking around. She goes on following me. I just feel like a potential thief, I don’t know like … She looks if I won’t load any shirt to
my backpack maybe, I don’t know. Again, I know she is paid for it.
So that … I am well served. That she stands there just in case
I needed help with something. And she tries to advise me, but it annoys me so much. I just want to look around. I don’t want her to follow me and
show me things that are on sale. And choose me the size and advise
me in which color I will look better. If I need her help, I will ask her for it.
My Goodness… Yes … Okay, that’s enough! Enough! Listen … that’s enough! These are the things that make me the most
annoyed what was evident in my emotions. Let me know if any of you live
in Turkey, or come to Turkey often. What annoys you?
What type of things did you observe? Remember that it’s all just small things. It pisses me off, but somehow I’m trying to live with it.
I won’t die cause of it. And there are a lot of things that I love here. And I will tell you about it in a week. And now that’s all for today. If you liked it, leave your thumbs up. Share the video, comment. Subscribe to my channel because I upload new videos
every week, this way you won’t miss anything. See you next week! Görüşürüz!