We passed beautiful waterfalls on unknown country roads before arriving at a small village.

This was traditional Turkey away from the manmade holiday resorts.

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Growing up in the UK, the dating scene was not an ordeal.

We no longer needed the approval of our dads and the days of being chaperoned while on a date were firmly rooted in the history books.

The traditions and wedding styles largely depends on which area of Turkey the couple originates.

One friend working in tourism returned to his village, to follow up a potential match arranged by his mother.

The father would then asses the suitor’s financial position and the ability to provide for his daughter and the children that would be born so soon after the wedding.

I was truly shocked and over the next five years would hear of many other regional traditions.

It was a sign that his daughter was ready for marriage.

Any man who could knock the milk bottle off the roof could ask for the daughters hand in marriage.

The ladette era of the 90’s prompted females to demand independence and if they wanted to have a one night stand and walk away in the morning, they were going to do it, whether their public reputation was tarnished or not.

Therefore, when I moved to Turkey, I was in for a shock, especially when it came to the dating scene.

Thankfully, the question of my virginity was never discussed even though I was ordered to wear a red virgin ribbon around my wedding dress.