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There are plenty of very good blogs detailing the ex-pat journey through modern Turkey. The aim of this one is to catch sight of past Turkey through my experience of re-settling in modern Bodrum.
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  • BacktoBodrum on Kent TV 6 days ago On the last day of March, I was lucky enough to be invited by Aslı Mutlu to take partin one of her cookery programs for Kent TV.   While the production team Reyhan,Hamdi and Sedat set up the cameras and microphone, Aslı and I sorted out the ingredientsand worked out how many dishes and utensils...
  • Bodrum Global Run 1 week ago Jake and I were on hand in 2014 to see the 1st Bodrum Global Run and this morning we were out and about to see the 3rd one.  There appeared to be many more runners today than the first year, but this may be down to a curtailed route which stopped short at the Main Square rather than going on to...
  • Transitions and Silver Linings 2 weeks ago When you get given lemons, make lemonade, the saying goes.  When global strife, neighbouring civil war and a refugee crisis conspired to decimate Dave Stanley's Yacht Charter company's bookings this year, he picked up his brushes, dusted off his easel and got painting.  The fruits of this spurt...
  • Naked Men in my Garden 2 weeks ago Behold the Orchis Italica,  also known as 'the naked man orchid' or 'the hanging man orchid'.   Most of my orchids get dug up in the Spring (when I'm not there) by my neighbours hunting for Orchis mascula or Orchis militaris.  I usually arrive home to find a multitude of small holes and...
  • A New 'Ancient' Route to Walk - The Lelegian Path 2 weeks ago The main road between Bodrum and Turgutreis is now almost continuously lined with shops, supermarkets, hypermarkets and shopping malls. The land behind these palaces of consumerism is also filling up with housing so it’s encouraging to see that a new route is opening up in the hills behind all...

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  • Bodrum’s top 8 famous residents help you plan your visit Writing Contest March 2013 Herodotus wouldn’t recognise Bodrum as his birthplace Halicarnassus, but I’m sure he’d send you off to the 8 Lelegian towns around the Bodrum peninsula, to savour what life was like in the 5th century BC. Make an easy start by visiting Pedasa...
  • First School in Turkey - A personal journey Education and International Schools I considered myself to be an exemplary ex-pat for the first 14 years I lived in Turkey. I learnt the language, embraced the customs and tried to see two sides to the story if ever there was any Turkey bashing going on. For a few years I was... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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Website Reviews » There are 9 reviews on BacktoBodrum

06:28 AM October 27, 2012

This blog has only been going for a short time but it's gathering interest rapidly. It's a great blog written by a truly lovely person.

14:08 PM October 27, 2012

Love reading the stories about life in Turkey in her town and travels abroad in "Back to Bodrum's Blog"......She has great photo's of Turkey and her travels, and some of the Archaeological sites that she explores. Always an interesting story and some facts about her wouldn't expect. That's why I'm always interested to peek into her Blog.

Helen Devries
16:07 PM October 27, 2012

This is such an enjoyable blog....daily life, a rescue dog, visits to archeological sites all told with style and humour.

Liam Brennan
22:19 PM October 27, 2012

Back to Bodrum is a bit of a guilty pleasure (like good chocolate). Beautifully written by a woman clearly in love with Turkey, and Bodrum in particularly. A real gem of a blog.

Janice Whelan
12:46 PM October 30, 2012

I enjoy this blog so much. I feel I learn a great deal about life in Turkey, the photos and commentary on life in Bodrum are always fascinating.

17:47 PM October 30, 2012

As someone fascinated by history and archaeology this blog has become essential reading for me in a very short time. Mixed with the history is a wry and intelligent look at life in modern Turkey, all beautifully illustrated.

Jack Scott
11:13 AM November 05, 2012

Always fascinating, always amusing from someone in the know!

16:11 PM November 20, 2012

What can I say - this blog has made me laugh out loud several times. And I haven't been to Bodrum yet so it keeps me dreaming.

15:37 PM August 15, 2013

Interesting blog. After traveling for turkey, I like to re-read blogs. Remembering places of interest.

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