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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  • (Almost) alone at the Artemis Temple 4 months ago I'm not proud of it, but I've got to admit, over the years, I've become a bit of a ruins snob.I've been lucky enough to be able to visit some stunning, awe-inspiring, downright reverence-inducing ancient sites -- from the colosseum of El Jem, where you can walk through the cellars that once held...
  • Ode to the night bus 4 months ago I love the feeling of waking up in a new place, of drowsily realizing that the rolling hills out the window are not the concrete caverns you left behind....I love the bustle of the mola dinlenme tesisi, with its rows of giant buses being hosed down and crowds of people shopping, eating, and smoking...
  • Race day, Istanbul style 7 months ago Most runners expect to complete a race to the sound of spectator cheers, announcers calling out finishing times, and some high-energy music from the post-race party.What participants in the Istanbul Half Marathon on Sunday heard at the finish line instead were religious chants and songs, amplified...
  • As time goes by 6 months ago The impermanence of life, and both the pain and comfort that can promise, threads through much of Scottish artist Robert Montgomery's work currently on display at the Istanbul'74 gallery in the Galatasaray neighborhood of Istanbul.Billboards and neon signs are his canvases for text-based works both...
  • A very Beyoğlu 'Christmas' 10 months 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... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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