The press in Istanbul Is Turkish for when you visit Constantinople you don’t drink espresso. Turkish coffee is alarmingly strong, straight to the point, and captures your attention.
The same can be said about the Turkish people whose abrupt attitude can be misinterpreted as rude and their lackadaisical service can be misinterpreted as indifferent.
The country is currently in a tug of war between traditional ideals and modern ideology. Protests in Taksim Square have lead to riots and killing resulting in increased censorship. The government once thought to be progressive has, at times, blocked Twitter and silenced anti government protests with force. Ironically, the initial conflict was over the government’s desire to turn Taksim Park into a modern development. In this debate, it was the young who are keen on social reform protesting the superficial change by the establishment.
When drinking Turkish coffee, it is custom to turn the cup over in order to read one’s fortune. The same can be said about Turkey itself. The germination of democracy has metaphorically upended the status quo, but only a clairvoyant knows what the future holds.