Several times recently I have gotten lost on my way somewhere. I got the directions confused and ended up having no idea of where I was. I had two options, go with it or turn around go back and start stressing. In years past I would have done the latter, however, one of the things I am better at now is the former.
In Turkey this is important. Sometimes when you are doing something, whether it is driving, paperwork, trying to get something done, there are obstacles. But getting tense about it will not help. TRUST ME! My husband likes to say the F-Word in Turkey is “Flexibility.” One has to be flexible to get stuff done.
So when I was lost, I just kept driving. One of the great things about driving in Turkey is the road signs. Not the street signs, you could die of old age looking for a particular street. But the road signs are great, they are all over the place and direct you to different neighborhoods. Most people know how to get around then they are in a neighborhood, the hard part is getting there.
In this sign the white signs are to neighborhoods, the blue to a different city. The blue sign will take you to a highway. Another thing about Turkey is there is no East/West North/South Highway nonsense. The highways are designated by the major city they go to. For example, for this highway, one direction is called Konya Road, the other Samsun Road. This is helpful for people (me) who get their directions mixed up.
So when I get lost, I just keep driving and look for the road signs. The other day when I was completely lost, I ended up right where I wanted to be. Funny how that happens.
I know the feeling! I’ve dropped my conceptions about NESW and now look for a city or neighborhood that I think might be somewhere around where I’m going. But I have to say, now I thrill in getting truly lost – usually it leads to an incredible experience!
Getting lost is not stressful anymore after I learned the language. Before I could ask for directions but couldn’t understand them.
Now this totally explains why my Turkish husband has no idea of NSEW… drives me crazy trying to give him directions. hehe…