We just returned from a holiday in Turkey (well you would - wouldn’t you ? ) and found it a great place. Full of English, Scots, Irish, Welsh, Germans and apparently Russians (although we didn’t see many).
We each had to pay $20 for a “Visa” - altough this was instantly granted electronically and nobody ever checked that we had one.
Diesel and imported spirits like “Scotch” ran at around 3/4 of Uk prices. The most (to me) surprising part was that the cars and motor cycles were equally “New” as here in the uk. It was explained that the reason was that there was “No tax” applied. This we took as a mantra and instead of saying “cheese” when being photographed we took to saying “No tax” - difficult not to smile !
The people seemed to have immense freedom (which made me rather jealous - it reminded me in some ways of the way England was in the 1960’s - but more so ! ) and those we dealt with were perfectly comfortable dealing in turkish lira, Euros and GBP. They did mental calculations and the exchange rates were pretty much the same as I got officially by walking in to at Western union (7.50 per GBP) whereas the best I could get before we went was 7.95.
We ate out every night and a meal for the two of us was beautifully cooked to order and typically 350 gram (3/4 lb) fillet steak (for me) with veg curry for 'er complimentary starters, 5-6 beers, bottle of decent wine, couple of “rakis” and ran at £25-£30 total (including 10-15% tip) ! (we wanted to try the “pudding list” but never had room ! This was in beautiful surroundings with very attentive waiter service and no pressure whatever to vacate. Generally the “native eateries” were far better than the “Engish clones” ones plugged by the Hotel.
When we speak of “economic policy” and look around you at these people - working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the prospect of 5 months “off” come “winter” and apply the principle of “No tax”
And then look at their “Natonal debt” - of around 24% of GDP (check you own country ! ) - One really has to wonder Why TF would they want to “join the Euro” ?
Sadly, I think If they do “get accepted” - they will be doomed to go the way of Greece, Italy and SPain ! - Sucked dry by the “Euro lenders” like any “banana republic” used to be sucked dry by the IMF !
Yes we were in “tourist land” - but Geez - the amount of “Hard Currency” entering the land is huge - some of the people we met were on their 18 holiday there in 9 years !
Trump complains elsewhere of “Currency manipulation” by China - but my suspicion is that the current exchange rate with USDTRY looks suspiciously like the same thing !
Of course nothing in this post should be taken as a “Recommend” - but as we know - Well - I’m a contrarian !
[Edit - Oh incidentally, we were in a Muslim country with the “Call to prayer” every few hours, and yet we only saw One lady wearing the “pillar box outfit” as it was described by “Boris” - My suspicion was that she was in fact “English” ]