Turkey bans Twitter and YouTube

I’m sure many of you have followed the recent news that Turkey has just banned Twitter and YouTube. (If not, you can read about it here.) For a country that is a candidate for EU membership, and has long been seen as an example of a successful Islamic-style democracy, it is certainly a worrying move. I last visited Turkey two years ago, and while I was there I had dinner in Istanbul with a former au pair of mine (who had lived in London for a year in my family’s house) and her husband. (more…)

The Visa Again

After my experience with Iranian visas, I was slightly dreading putting in applications for Turkish visas, but alas, the task had fallen to me to get hold of six visas before we set off next month. Last time I went to Turkey (March 2012), you could just buy a visa on arrival in Istanbul airport for £10 – I thought the system was a bit strange because you HAD to pay in British sterling, which seemed a bit odd seeing as you were on Turkish soil. I don’t know what you would do if you had forgotten to bring British money with you to Turkey as there was no way of getting any British money when you got there – would you be sent back? Surely this would happen quite frequently, as it certainly wasn’t well advertised in advance that you would need this £10… (more…)