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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  • Haunted by history, ripe for tourism? 1 month 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 1 month 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."
  • Once upon a time in northern Iraq 2 months ago A peaceful day on the Tigris River in northern Iraq.Herons soared overhead as our little flotilla made its way slowly down the Tigris, their calls echoing off the rocky cliffs towering on one side of the quiet river's banks. On the other bank, dry and golden as the summer came to an end, fishermen...
  • Out of many, one 2 months ago The undulating screen hanging from the ceiling seems to wave like a flag in the breeze as its tiny LCD panels flicker in and out, one image fading into another. Though completely different in physical form A detail of 'Sakıp Sabancı' (Photo: Sakıp Sabancı Museum)and artistic style from...
  • Mornings in Maçka 3 months ago The older gentleman with the high-waisted shorts doing jumping jacks and hip swivels by the side of the path.The two younger men walking their matching woolly dogs.The woman who runs with her shoulders pulled up close to her ears.The tall, lanky man with white hair who runs with a big grin on his...

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