If you want to make new Turkish friends, learning to play Tavla (backgammon) and Okey is a great idea. Board games can be seen everywhere in Turkey – in cafes, tea-houses, restaurants, in the parks and gardens, at the markets.
How nice to see not just kids, but also teens and adults sitting around in public places playing board games together. Simple social pleasures that we, in the West, seem to think are “not cool” for grown-ups to enjoy. In Turkey, it’s perfectly okay, at any age, to sit for hours with family and friends, laughing, joking, chatting and playing games. Harika!