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 Lycian Way mini-adventure: Rest day in Kemer 4 months ago Happy toes in the sandYou know you're in an Antalya beach resort when... your friend leaves her wallet on the minibus and you're alerted to this fact by your Turkish fellow passengers calling out not "Abla" or "Hanımefendi" or "Bayan" or even "Hey lady" but "Devushka! Devushka!"In case it wasn't...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 5: Tekirova to....? 4 months ago Poppies and a misty mountainFortified after yesterday's exertions with börek and eggs at a local pastane, we picked up the trail again (after plodding across none-too-memorable Tekirova) on a service road behind the sprawling Rixos hotel, whose waterpark and shabby outlying buildings butt up right...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 4: Çıralı to Tekirova 4 months ago Tired as my legs were, I nearly broke into a run when I spotted the yellow signpost in the distance, at the end of yet another field of rough red rocks. But when I reached the post, my heart sank. We had already been walking for nine hours on what we'd been led to believe was a hike of about that...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 3: Adrasan to Çıralı 4 months ago Green hills above AdrasanThe path out of Adrasan rose up above the greenhouse-dotted valley, across high meadows bright with flowers and fresh green shoots of grass, past a shepherd perched on a rock under a tree as his small flock grazed nearby, and alongside a rough shack where an enterprising...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 2: Karaöz to Adrasan 4 months ago Trail marker in flower-filled meadowRe-scrutinizing our maps over breakfast this morning, we realized we had spent a good chunk of yesterday's walk near, but not actually on, the Lycian Way, which would apparently have taken us over a long stretch of beach rather than through the town of Mavikent...

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