This is where you have to be careful as many people assume arranged and forced marriage to be the same thing. My husband’s sister was identified as a potential bride for one young man living in the same town.
The marriage was not allowed because the man continued working in tourism, and this was not considered a stable income.
In rural parts of Turkey, a huge difference is whether the girl is a virgin or not, hence you will not see her in any bars, as rumors will start about her virgin status.
We passed beautiful waterfalls on unknown country roads before arriving at a small village.
This was traditional Turkey away from the manmade holiday resorts.
The traditions and wedding styles largely depends on which area of Turkey the couple originates.
One friend working in tourism returned to his village, to follow up a potential match arranged by his mother.
This tour explores the cultural heritage of Turkey from the East to the West.
It is the perfect way to learn more about the country through visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya & the Southeast.
Looking back, I realize my naivety was shining like a lighthouse beacon.