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  1. Golda Kraus
    September 7, 2012

    That is so funny and so completely true as I was in Istanbul July 11-21, 2012. Men were comimg up to me telling me how beautiful I was. The staring was startling at first!! The people are amazing and I really enjoyed myself. I became so accustomed to men drooling over me that when I arrived in US and departed the plane and noone was drooling;I said to myself you’re back in Kansas. Hahaha

    • Vivian Nwakah
      September 8, 2012

      Exotic has perks! Im in Brazil right now and I look like everyone else…my blond blue eyed friends are having a very interesting experience.

      • Dani
        July 27, 2013

        True that. I’m a traditional Brazilian, brown. In my country nobody cares about my type of beauty, they like the blondes. Wherever else , they love my brown beauty. I say ‘ whatever rocks their boat’ … Lol

  2. Bshani
    February 6, 2013

    You are hilarious and at the same time inspiring for solo travelers. Been living in the east for the past couple years and thinking about trying Istanbul!

    • Vivian Nwakah
      February 6, 2013

      Well thank you! And you can see I loved Istanbul so I hope you go! Where are you living in the east and what city is your favorite?

      • Constanza Yael
        February 16, 2013

        I loved reading our story about Istanbul as I plan to go there very soon. Thank you for sharing they may be staring but I met a very sweet honest man online that I will be visiting.

      • Vivian Nwakah
        February 16, 2013

        Be really careful….visit and understand where you are before you meet up with a stranger. Make sure this person is verified and trustworthy and never put yourself in a position where you are out of control when you meet someone from the Internet! Istanbul is great but…just like other developing cities it’s not so safe everywhere and every person. I would meet in a public place like a restaurant or coffee shop in the touristy area of town first! There was a woman who died from New York recently so I want to make sure you think really carefully about your choice first!

  3. Olamide
    April 1, 2013

    I’m in turkey at the moment with my parents and i must admit the stares get on my damn nerves, but they are really sweet people, random people come up to me to take pictures with their children! Children for christ sake, not only the men, the children are very sweet and ADORABLE!!!

    • Vivian Nwakah
      April 1, 2013

      Haha yes the staring can be very odd, I just realize it doesn’t typically come from a negative place:) Otherwise I hope you have an amazing time in Turkey, I loved the culture, the people,the food, the beauty!

  4. Krys
    April 17, 2013

    Me & my friend definitely experienced this and LOVED IT! Came back to the states like What the heck?!?! Ugh….definitely going back!!

  5. ross
    June 8, 2013

    I wish I’d read this post before coming to istanbul. It would have prepared me for all the attention. I’m still out here and have become accustomed to it. I’m on my way to Greece in 2 days. I wonder if it would be the same.

  6. Anne Chia
    July 7, 2013

    Wish I had read your post before my trip. Just left Turkey yesterday,I was in Istanbul with my sister for a week,and your experience was the exact same one we had. “Hi Chocolate girls”, “You are so beautiful” “Let me buy you lunch”, and it went on and on. People were grabbing us and making us take photos with them and their families (although I think those people may have been from Iraq and Saudi Arabia),there’s fascination with black skin across the middle-east and the North as well. It was flattering and irritating at the same time. Did you notice how nobody seemed to care in certain areas of the city? I went to Khadikoy,and Istanbul Forum,and it wasn’t as forward as the treatment in Sultanahmet and Taksim. Such a beautiful country though.

  7. Esther
    July 8, 2013

    Hi !!!!! :)
    I live in Kurdistan which is in Iraq but considered to be another country because the kurdish don’t want to mix with the Arabic . I get stares A LOT. I feel really uncomfortable. Well I’ve been living here for 2 years now anyway so I guess I’m a bit used to it.. But I’m going to Turkey for a WHOLE MONTH I’m August with my best friend and when I found out about the same staring problem again, I felt kind of upset. Especially its going to be for 4 weeks. Any tips and advice ?

  8. Dani
    July 27, 2013

    I’m in San Francisco now. I got in a cab today and the driver was a very nice turkish man. It was a 30 min drive and I was amazed for how polite and fun the driver was; but I had absolutely no sexual interest on him. I was polite and smiley. I think I sent the wrong message to him by mistake. When I arrived at my destination, De Young Museum, the cab driver insisted to buy me a coffee. He wanted me to go to the coffee house at the museum with him, and insisted with a fusion of politeness and desperation. I told ‘ No thank you’ about 10 times, but he wouldn’t accept. I finally left him and walked away. I felt bad by doing this to such a nice person, but I felt uncomfortable with his exaggeration.

  9. Alexandra
    August 4, 2013

    You’ve correct about the stares, but it is all harmless. I’m a seasoned traveller to Turkey due to my husband being Turkish.

  10. Wallis
    August 17, 2013

    I’m black here in America I don’t want a foreign man I just want to fall in love!!! I’m happy that you’ve had the experience and have found someone. Now just pray for me…..

    • Vivian Nwakah
      August 17, 2013

      Oh I didn’t fall in love. It was just nice to experience such an overwhelming love of dark black skin, coming from America:)

  11. sharr630
    July 30, 2014

    I’m actually in Istanbul now and have been for 2 months. Yeah, the men seem to have a fetish for black women but like you said, people often what is rare or unique in their own culture. However, I see plenty of black people around (I live in Kurtulus), mostly Africans but also the occasional American/Canadian. I see enough black people that I am never self-conscious about being a brown person, which is a great feeling.

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