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Erol Gürler

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

  • 56 Positive References5 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Turkish; learning German
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • a government official (municipality)
  • university(faculty) -teacher department
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

LET'S MEET WHERE THE CONTÄ°NENTS MEET(to sharing my culture and learning yours.to having friends around of the world

ABOUT ME

It is my pleasure to host people or to meet with new people I love to travel and like to learn other cultures and traditions...

I live in Istanbul, I'm open minded, easy going, honest,smart,and know how to share . I'm looking forward to travel and also invite and host people too at my home, my door is open for any surfer . 1. keep your health up...it`s the key of everything
2. never give up for what`s worth
3. be yourself
4. be honest
5. be patient
6. don`t revenge
7. be calm, don`t be nervous
8. help everyone
9. appreciate words, don`t believe them all
10. give facts to people, and require facts from them
11. ask with please, and reply with thanks....no matter what is the situation

PHILOSOPHY

..."Come, come again, whoever you are, come! Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come! Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times, Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are." By Hz. MEVLANA (one of the greatest sufı of ıslamıc world ....Let Your Spirit Guide You

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

First of all, you are welcome :)
I care about my guests, i am sure you will not have problems about accomodation. Be free in my place. I hope you can feel like at your home
I cook and i advice you to taste Turkish foods.
I dont smoke but you can smoke no problem.
I can show around.I dont have pet.

Maybe you will need for your trip that : I have PC and unlimited internet and CD-writer, Charge machine for battery and for nokia mobile phone

Interests

===========TURKISH VOCABULARY=========================

hi=merhaba , how are you= nasılsın? or naber? , good=iyi , bad= kötü , great=harika , whats ur name=adın ne? , my name is ...= ismim ... , nice to meet you=tanıştığıma memnun oldum , good morning= günaydın , good day=iyi günler , good evening=iyi akşamlar , see you=görüşürüz , bye=hoshcha kal , thanks=saol or teşekkürler , how much is it=Bu ne kadar ? , expensive=pahalı , cheap=ucuz , food=yemek , drinks=içecek , water=su , tea=çay , coffe=kahve , zero=sıfır , one=bir , two=iki , three=üç , four=dört , five=beş , six=altı , seven=yedi , eight=sekiz , nine=dokuz , ten=on , monday=pazartesi , tuesday=salı , wednesday=çarşamba , thursday=perşembe , friday=cuma , saturday= cumartesi , sunday=pazar

One Amazing Thing I've Done

It is my pleasure to host people or to meet with new people I love to travel and like to learn other cultures and traditions...

Teach, Learn, Share

http://sehirrehberi.ibb.gov.tr/Map.aspx?&scl=8&cx=89898&cy=94780&ap=uydu&lng=en WHY ISTANBUL?
This is the only city where two continents meet Europe & Asia.
Throughout the ages, Istanbul has been the capital of three of the longest-lived empires in history and a centre for monotheistic beliefs.

For centuries, Istanbul served as the capital of many cities which today are capitals in their own right.
Such a long experience enabled Istanbul to design a sui generis concept of cosmopolitanism.
Money and Shopping In Istanbul

Transportation In Istanbul
Transportation in Istanbul is not as convinient as it is in many big cities of the world. Because Istanbul is not surrounded by a good subway network. Instead of metro, other ways of transportation are used.

Bus: Public and private buses are very popular. Those buses operate frequently to different destinations in the city. The problem is that because of the busy traffic, the time tables do not reflect the actual situation.The buses are of three kinds. The first one is the blue-green buses which are privately owned. You pay money to get on them. The fee is 1.5 TL) which is approximately. equal to 0.80 EUR or 1,2 USD. Foreign currency is NOT accepted. You can read the name of the place you would like to go, on the sign on the side window in the front. There is a person who will be sitting in front of the bus and after you pay him, you receive your ticket. People usually do not speak English, so you would better learn your destination.
Second type of buses are the municipal buses which you can see lots of ads on them or regular ones in blue-green or blue- red. For these buses, you can either buy a ticket before you get into the bus or you can pay the fee to the driver. Close to the bus stops, you can come across small ticket offices called "GISE" in Turkish. Sometimes you can find tickets in little corner convinience shops. A ticket costs 1.5 TTL) You can see people using a ringing object as ticket. This is called "Akbil" which means Smart-ticket. It's like phone-cards, you accumulate them in the smart-ticket offices in return for a certain amount and you just touch it to the electronic device set on the bus. The amount is automatically taken out from your account like Electron Bank cards.This is not profitable for short-time visitors because you also pay for the empty device. This buses usually don't have air-con and are very crowded. There are plenty of seats as well as plenty of room to stand in the bus. You can read the destination of the bus on its front and side window.
There are municipal buses which cross the bridge and go to the Asian side and from asian side to europian side of istanbul

Ferry: The ferries in Istanbul operate from different points in Istanbul European Side to Kadikoy,Bostanci, Uskudar (asian side) or from kadıkoy and uskudar to eminonu and besiktas.karakoy(europian side).It depends on where you plan to take the ferry Minibus or Dolmush: Minibuses are small buses which do not have a specific time table. They begin operating at 6:00 in the morning and they finish very late at night about 1:00 or more late. . You pay cash to the driver and the fee changes depending on the line. The driver drives, changes your money, honks for new passengers and gives your change. He does four things together and you watch as if you are on the verge of having a heart-attack... It's still experience and quite a fun thing. You can stand in a minibus if no seats are left. When you want to get out, you simply yell as "Musait bir yerde lutfen" meaning "Drop me at a proper place please."

Dolmushes are slightly different. They usually operate between Besiktas and Harbiye, Besiktas and Taksim,Bostanci(Asia)and Taksim and Kadikoy(Asia)and Taksim . You cannot stand in a dolmush. Whenever it's full, it moves. Its fee is paid cash too. You can see the price written in front of the dolmush.. There are dolmushes which operate all night long, especially on the weekends

Tram: Trams are new and very convinient in the touristic areas. The destination writes in front of the tram and you also buy the ticket beforehand. There are ticket offices at the tram stops. It costs 1.5 TL. You can simply buy your ticket and travel short distances in convinience. Some trams also go underground and some of them have air-cons.

Taxi: The taxi fee is determined by a taxi-meter. Its starting fee is 1.5 TL. There is usually no air-con in taxis. The taxi driver may probably not understand English, you'd better write your destination on a piece of paper or ask a Turkish person to write the necessary words for the cab driver. It's customary to round the meter amount as a tip. Be careful about your money calculation and seem as if you already know the route. The way from the airport to the city center takes about 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions,
Turkish Cuisine is of a great variety, a mixture of western and eastern cuisines with the flavor of unique Ottoman Cuisine. It can simply be categorized as;
Soups(Corba)
Main Course(Ana yemek)
Vegetables cooked in olive oil(Zeytinyagli)
Pilafs(Pilav)
Deserts(tatli)
Fruit Mix(meyve)
Soft Drinks
Soups: To begin with, soups do come first. They are very important in Turkish Cuisine. The soups are usually made of chicken juice by adding different things,i.e tomatoes,lentil,rice,yoghurt, eggs and flour. The most famous soups of traditional Ottoman Cuisine are Dugun Corbasi(Wedding Day Soup), Iskembe Corbasi(Tripe Soup eaten with garlic juice and vinegar), Mercimek Corbasi(Red Lentil Soup) and Yayla Corbasi(Yoghurt and rice with dried mint). If the soups do not contain chicken or meat broth, they are deemed to be 'tasteless'...
Cold Appetizers: The cold appetizers are another unique part of the Turkish Cuisine. A good 'Meze Tabagi'(Meze Platter) usually contains Dolma(stuffed green pepper,tomatoes or leaves with rice and pinenuts), Beyaz Peynir(Turkish White Cottage Cow's Cheese), Barbunya(Red Beans cooked in olive oil), Humus(made of chickpeas), Cerkez Tavugu(Circassian Chicken, little chicken-breast pieces mixed with walnut, bread and spices), Haydari(very thick yoghurt mixed with garlic and mint), Ezme(red chilly pepper,tomato paste,mint and spices)and finally Yesil ve Siyah Zeytin(Green and Black Olives).
Main Courses: The main courses usually include meat, mainly lamb and veal. Sometimes chicken is used for some recipies. The meat is accompanied with eggplants, zucchini or potatoes,either smashed or french-fried. The most famous main course is called Doner Kebab(similar to Gyro) and second famous is Shis-Kebab(small pieces of lamb or veal grilled). Other famous main courses are Hunkar Begendi(lamb served on eggplant pureé), Islim Kebab(lamb served in sliced eggplant), or Tandir(very soft lamb grilled) and Manti(Turkish Style Ravioli with garlic yoghurt and red-pepper butter sauce). With them, Ayran(Yoghurt mixed with water and salt) may be served..

Vegetables cooked with olive oil:Turkey is one of the biggest olive and olive oil producers of the world. Therefore, food cooked in olive oil is an indispensible part of our cuisine. The main olive oil dishes are Zeytinyagli Yesil Fasulye(String Beans in Olive Oil), Imam Bayildi(eggplant cut in from the middle, stuffed with onion and green pepper, served cold), Zeytinyagli Kuru Fasulye(Beans in olive oil), Zeytinyagli Enginar(Artichoke cooked with pieces of potatoes,carrots and peas).

Desserts:The desserts can be roughly divided into three,desserts made of milk, desserts made of pastry+syrups, desserts made of fruits and nuts...

Milk Desserts:The famous ones are Tavukgogsu(freshly cooked shredded chicken breast,mixed with pudding with rice flour,eggs and vanilla), Kazandibi(same dessert,put into oven,the bottom gets red and delicious), Keskul(milk,flour,rice flour, almonds, pistachio,eggs,vanilla).

Desserts with pastry and syrup:The famous ones are Baklava(very thin layers of buttered pastry filled with pistachio or walnuts,at least 20 layers),baked first in the oven, then cold syrup is added), Kadayif(pastry resembling human hair,put into the tray,added butter and walnut,cooked like baklava), Kunefe is a southeastern(Antakya) specialty, instead of walnuts, special Antakya cheese is put inside), Sekerpare(Piece of sugar) (is baked in the oven as a round cookie,nut is put on the top, and syrup is added.)

Soft Drinks: Major soft beverages are Ayran(Yoghurt mixed with water and salt added), Boza (winter drink,made of fermented bulgur wheat, thick as pudding, accompanied by cinnamon), Salep(winter drink made of Salep powder and hot milk, cinnamon added), Salgam Suyu (Sugar beet juice), Elma Cayi(Apple tea), Ihlamur(Linden tea) and Turk Kahvesi(Turkish Coffee).

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