The Actress “Chakameh Chaman Mah” living and working at GEM in Istanbul
At home you may be the gregarious friend who loves parties, people and giving hugs to everyone – even to random strangers. When travelling to Turkey, I recommend toning it down and acting more socially reserved. Refrain from hugging new acquaintances, try not to smile at men on the street, and only shake hands with men if they initiate it. A hug or seemingly harmless touch of the arm may be taken the wrong way since being so overt is a cultural sign of romantic interest and flirtation in Turkey. I’m not recommending not being yourself, merely the more reserved version of you. This will help avoid unwanted attention and show respect to locals.