The Turkish Life

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The Turkish Life
Originally from San Francisco, I moved to Istanbul in early 2008 and have been blogging here at The Turkish Life ever since about my travels, linguistic misadventures, and random observations.
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  • A thank-you letter to my fundraising supporters 1 day ago Dear friends,Thank you so much for your support for my fundraising campaign last month! I know everyone has many, many good causes competing for their attention and funds so I really appreciate your devoting some of yours to mine.Children should be playing and learning, not working!Thanks to your...
  • America voted. Now what? 3 weeks ago Eight years ago this month, I took a nap late in the evening and then awoke again in the wee hours, packed up some bottles of champagne and walked through Istanbul's for-once quiet streets to a fellow expat's house. There a group of Americans and their friends held a vigil through the night,...
  • Running so kids can be kids -- not farmworkers 2 months ago Runners are often advised to rekindle their love for their sport in tough or unmotivating times by remembering the joy and freedom they felt running as a child. But not all children have the freedom to run and play. In Turkey, at least 1 million young people under the age of 18, including both...
  • An urban island nocturne 4 months ago As modern urban dwellers, we're generally out of touch with the world's natural rhythms, waking to alarm clocks instead of the sunrise and going to sleep under the glow of streetlights that obscure our view of the stars. A friend confessed Ready to hike through the night. Photo by Nick Hobbs/Hiking...
  • A view from Istanbul during the #TurkeyCoupAttempt 6 months ago Glancing at the to-do list on my desk that I’d scribbled just hours before, the scrap of paper seemed to have appeared from some alternate universe too banal to be believed.My story featured on the CityLab homepage.Set alarm for 6 a.m. Take out the trash when I go out for an early-morning run....

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