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This blog documents the ongoing road trip through the cross-cultural marriage of one American woman married to one Turkish man.
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  • Popping up again and again: The puppets take on Hacı Yatmaz! 3 days ago Hacı Yatmaz, the President of the Karagöz puppet republic, bops and rolls, bops and rolls, always managing to find himself back on his feet even after making the most silly comments ever… Let me explain that Hacı Yatmaz is an … Continue reading →
  • The puppets sigh...on women changing faces to make new lives 2 weeks ago This morning, the little chorus of “cengi” 0r dancing lady puppets woke me up with a short glass of tea and long, sad faces.  As you may recall, these members of the Karagöz Oyunlari that inhabit my head have NOT … Continue reading →
  • A fıstıklı bromance: On overcoming culture-based food biases 2 weeks ago Karagöz recently attempted to stir the pot with me, by pointing out that M. is heavily involved in a “bromance” with another Turkish-American guy.  I guess Karagöz is a little homophobic, but I’m not really clear on that.  Maybe Karagöz … Continue reading →
  • Esma and Safiye Rakkase brawl over a pistachio nut-fueled metropolis 3 weeks ago I’m sitting here crunching on tiny green nuggets of joy – a.k.a. pistachios. And this is thanks to my puppets, who recently stumbled upon some fantastic (in all senses) news from Gaziantep province. And Gaziantep province, tabi canim*, is the … Continue reading →
  • Mercan Bey sets the record straight on Zeytinyağlı Kereviz (Ottoman-style Celeriac) 2 months ago Mercan Bey, the Arabian spice trader puppet, woke me up today with a simple request. “M’lady,” he said earnestly but softly, “you have not let us out to play in the world in a few months, but I really need … Continue reading → Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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