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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  • They paved paradise... 2 months ago There's a long-running joke in the United States that suburban housing developments -- places with monikers like Fair Oaks, Orange Grove, or Willow Springs -- are named after whatever was torn out to make room for the construction of the new homes and roads.A similar logic seems like it may have...
  • Nowruz mubarak / Newroz pîroz be 3 months ago Happy Nowruz, Novruz, Newrozê, Navrūz, Nevruz…This new year’s celebration has become politically fraught and often associated with violence and repression in Turkey, eclipsing the message that an Iranian friend so beautifully describes:"That's what Persian New Year is all about, to leave the...
  • Vibrant, vexing, and all too vulnerable İstiklal 2 months ago On my very first visit to Turkey, 15 years ago, my traveling companions and I spent a couple of nights in a charmingly shabby hotel overlooking İstiklal Caddesi, an incredibly busy pedestrian street in the heart of Istanbul. We were young then, staying out late each night drinking cheap beer in...
  • #RefugeesWelcome: Here's how you can help 5 months ago When I first moved to Istanbul, the near-total lack of people living on the street stood in stark contrast to my native San Francisco, where homelessness has been a serious problem for decades. The war in Syria changed all that. I’ve become used to seeing the men who sleep outside the hotel where...
  • Filling the gaps on Lesbos 6 months 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...

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