The gate test: Rudy and Zeynep gave us a training session on how to work the tricky Turkish lock on this gate. You had to jiggle it just right. A lot of things in Turkey were like that. It took a long time, but when we had finally mastered the lock on their apartment, we started to feel like Turks.

After spending nearly a year living in Turkey, Rudy was able to entertain us with his observations of how weird Turkish people are. According to Rudy, Turks have a tendency to be renegades and can't stand cold weather at all. And they can't give a simple set of directions on how to get somewhere.

Zeynep countered with her observations of how weird Americans are: we can't deal with inconvenience and have an overdeveloped interest in public safety.

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