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 girl walks into a bakkal 6 days 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."
  • Out of many, one 1 month 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 2 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...
  • City for sale 2 months ago My initial, indelible memory of arriving in Istanbul for the very first time was speeding in a taxi at night under the illuminated Valens Aqueduct, its stone arches towering overhead as the domes of mosques glimmered in the distance.Nice spot for a meze joint.Now the Istanbul Municipality...
  • Emotional cartography 3 months ago "Looking at things too much celebrated, like views of beautiful cities, is equal to not seeing anything at all. Our brain, as soon as [it] acknowledges the images, doesn't need to work on them."*A patch of earth. A dinner plate. A gas station. A row of chairs. The subjects of young Turkish...

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