This past year I have craved a Middle Eastern travel adventure more than anything. So, excuse me while I daydream a bit. We were privileged to travel to Saint Lucia back in May. I wore bathing suits, sun hats, and sundresses. But, during that trip I turned to Mark and said that our next trip has to be different. Give me draped clothing, big scarfs, long skirts, cover me in fabric, and now we’re talking. I’m not sure where we’d go in the Middle East given that there is a lot of turmoil in various places. But, my vote would be Egypt or Turkey. I crave experiencing the culture, the food, the marketplaces, the mosques, and the architecture. There is a chance that language barriers will popup, seeing how many people speak Turkish. But, that’s part of the adventure, right?! Thank goodness for language books, technology, and translation software, like Smartling because sometimes we need all the help we can get to communicate.
I really admire the observant Turkish Muslim women (perhaps 50% of the female population) dress in tesettür, a headscarf and light cover-all topcoat, when going out in public. This satisfies the Islamic admonition to modest dress. They prove that you can be gorgeous, feminine, and have sex-appeal while covered from head to toe. It’s beautiful.
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