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 very Beyoğlu 'Christmas' 1 month ago Amid the now-annual calls from some outraged corners of Turkey's religious establishment and conservative press for Muslims not to celebrate New Year's -- a holiday that has taken on many of the outward trappings of Christmas -- the usual mashup of traditions continued to mark the occasion in...
  • We remember 2 months ago EuromaidanBerkin ElvanChibokSomaUğur KurtMosulGazaSinjarDonetskFergusonKobaniIguala... and far, far too many more.May the coming year bring more peace and less heartbreak.
  • Guts, grit, and grime 1 month ago Marathons, triathlons, and ultra-marathons no longer seem to be enough to satisfy runners in the US, UK, and elsewhere around the world, who are signing up by their tens of thousands to crawl under barbed wire, slog through mud, jump into freezing water, avoid electric shocks -- and pay dozens,...
  • Haunted by history, ripe for tourism? 5 months ago There are few places in Turkey more visually intriguing and emotionally resonant than Kayaköy, a Mediterranean hillside village formerly inhabited by Anatolian Greeks, and left empty after its residents were forced to relocate to Greece under the population-exchange agreement of 1923.This mass...
  • A girl walks into a bakkal 4 months ago Sweaty girl walks into a bakkal (corner store) after a long run:"Would you like water?""Yes, please. And what kind of juice do you have?""All kinds.""What do you have with no added sugar?"[The shopkeeper thinks for a moment.]"Cola."

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