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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  • Race day, Istanbul style 5 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 4 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' 7 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...
  • We remember 9 months ago EuromaidanBerkin ElvanChibokSomaUğur KurtMosulGazaSinjarDonetskFergusonKobaniIguala... and far, far too many more.May the coming year bring more peace and less heartbreak.
  • Haunted by history, ripe for tourism? 11 months 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...

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