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INTERNET ACCESS

The good news is that Turkey is a very Net-savvy country and it's actually easier to find wi-fi access here than in other countries including the UK. There's hardly a hotel in the country that doesn't offer a reliable wi-fi connection to its guests and only the five-star chain hotels have the audacity to charge for it. 

Many cafes, including branches of Starbucks, also offer free wi-fi access and rarely seem bothered about customers spending most of the afternoon over a single cup of coffee (although there are some signs of Net fatigue in smaller private cafes whose owners resent people coming in to watch movies at their expense while buying only a couple of very cheap drinks).

For the time being there are still a far number of Internet cafes too. These tend to be the haunt of young men in their teens and twenties who converge on them to play games which can make them somewhat daunting places for single women. Cafe owners are legally obliged to ensure that their customers are not using the computers to access porn or politically undesirable (in the government's view) sites. Still, I have had one or two nasty shocks when opening computers in Internet cafes. The cafes can usually be depended on to be open from early in the morning until last thing at night, and charges are very low - usually only TL1-TL1.50 an hour.

Internet cafes usually have printers available too. The biggest snag is having to get used to using a Turkish keyboard on which the Turkish dotless "i" takes the place usually occupied by the Western dotted "i" (this can be found on the far right of the second row of letters). Usually you create the @ symbol by holding down the Q and the ALT key at the same time although you may have to ask for help with this. 

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