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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  • Mornings in Maçka 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 2 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...
  • Kalbimiz Soma'da: How to help families of Soma mine disaster victims 3 months ago Since news broke Tuesday of a deadly explosion in a coal mine in Soma, a town in Turkey's Manisa province, the country has been plunged into deep mourning as the number of fatalities climbed to at least 283, making it the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history.That grief, however, has...
  • Yorumsuz (No comment) 3 months ago "Please give me your blessings, son."     -- Note found in the hand of a miner who died in this week's Soma mine disaster near İzmir, Turkey"Let me take my boots off, the stretcher shouldn't get dirty."     -- Injured miner to medic"Mahmut didn't get out. Mahmut couldn't get out… Leave...

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