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 Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 4: Çıralı to Tekirova 5 days ago Tired as my legs were, I nearly broke into a run when I spotted the yellow signpost in the distance, at the end of yet another field of rough red rocks. But when I reached the post, my heart sank. We had already been walking for nine hours on what we'd been led to believe was a hike of about that...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 3: Adrasan to Çıralı 6 days ago Green hills above AdrasanThe path out of Adrasan rose up above the greenhouse-dotted valley, across high meadows bright with flowers and fresh green shoots of grass, past a shepherd perched on a rock under a tree as his small flock grazed nearby, and alongside a rough shack where an enterprising...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 2: Karaöz to Adrasan 1 week ago Trail marker in flower-filled meadowRe-scrutinizing our maps over breakfast this morning, we realized we had spent a good chunk of yesterday's walk near, but not actually on, the Lycian Way, which would apparently have taken us over a long stretch of beach rather than through the town of Mavikent...
  • A Lycian Way mini-adventure, day 1: Kumluca to Karaöz 1 week ago When you've been trying for nine years to find a friend or two who wants to tackle part of Turkey's most famous long-distance hiking route with you, the last thing you want to hear before you finally set out on the trail is pouring rain. But pour it did as Katrinka Abroad and I lay in our beds in...
  • When politics intrudes on paradise 1 month ago This time of year, the Mediterranean village of Adrasan used to be bustling with backpackers, spending a night or two in town as part of their trek along the Lycian Way. But this week, I seem to be the only tourist for miles."We would be on full staff in March," the owner of the otherwise empty...

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