Amy and I are in awe of the  linguistic abilities of the touts and everyone else working in tourist-based industries here in Turkey (and Egypt).  When touts see a tourist coming, they guess at the nationality and begin speaking in the appropriate language.  When they see us, most of the time they get it right and greet us in English, but a few times men (the touts are always men) have spoken to me in German.  Apparently, Germans frequently vacation here in Turkey for a relatively cheap holiday, and I think we’ve heard more tourists speaking German than English in Antalya.

When walking alone, though, Amy has been greeted in Spanish a few times.  Having visited Spain last year, I can understand why the touts might make that assumption.

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