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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  • Filling the gaps on Lesbos 2 weeks ago Refugee families arriving at the Moria camp on Lesbos.Photo by Ashley AndersonLast month, some 125,000 people fleeing violence, oppression, and abject poverty in their home countries made the treacherous journey by sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos in hopes of starting new lives in...
  • Stranded by a strike, and dangers still ahead: Day 4 on Lesbos 3 weeks ago People wait to buy tickets and board the ferry to AthensEach day, a massive, cruise-ship-sized ferry leaves Lesbos, transporting refugees who've been able to secure the necessary permission to move on to Athens -- and the money to buy a ticket for their passage. Neither task is an easy...
  • From chaos to eerie calm: Days 2 and 3 on Lesbos 3 weeks ago Rice to feed thousands being prepared at a Lesboscatering companyIf a refugee on Lesbos had a meal today, chances are good it came from a nondescript warehouse tucked away on a rural road lined with olive trees outside the town of Mytilene.Inside this building, the staff of a small Greek catering...
  • Paradise turned purgatory: Day 1 on Lesbos 3 weeks ago "The weather's a bit bad, is the ferry still running today?" a woman asked upon entering the ticket office, visibly worried. The man behind the counter nearly rolled his eyes. "The fishing boats have gone out and they have only one motor. These ferries have three. There's no weather in which we...
  • Let's vote! What's the ugliest building in Istanbul? 2 months ago From the great Ottoman palaces of old to the graceful late-19th-century apartment buildings lining many of Beyoğlu's winding streets, Istanbul has much for the architecture-lover to appreciate. Even some of its umpteen malls are award-winning.But as you venture out further into the city's endless... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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