Word of the Day – Upoznavati

Upoznavati (oo-poze-nav-at-ee)

Language: Serbo-Croat

Meaning: To meet, to get to know

While we have to drive pretty quickly, with only a month to cover 10,000 miles, however we will hopefully still have the chance to meet and get to know lots of people on our journey.  Hospitality in Turkey and Central Asia is almost like a religion.  Stop to ask directions and you might get invited to lunch (or at the very least, tea) or to stay or just to be shown around town.  If you’re friendly and smile and attempt to communicate with people, they tend to be pretty friendly and welcoming.  As we all know, David Sedaris’s favorite “get to know you” line is “What do your roosters say?”  In Serbo-croatian they say “ku-ku-ri-ku.” In Turkish they say “ü ürü üüüüüü”…that’s a lot of umlauts…

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