Ayak's Turkish Delight
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- It's Sunday.... 2 weeks ago Living in this village, away from civilisation (not entirely of course but it sometimes feels like it) every day is much the same.I am up before sunrise. My body clock wakes up around 4.30am and by 5am my 12 dogs let me know it's time for breakfast. And so the routine of my day begins.12...
- How to make life as difficult as possible. 4 weeks ago I'm afraid many British immigrants here (sorry I hate the term expats so won't use it) are starting to believe that there is a concerted effort to make living here as difficult as possible.There are residents permits to contend with. There is a system of sorts but it seems dependent on the area...
- DREAMS 2 months ago I saw this on someone's timeline on Facebook yesterday and it prompted me to do a blog post.I've never really taken too much notice of the books, articles etc that interpret dreams. I'm not sure I really want to know what they mean. How does anyone know how to interpret them anyway?We all have...
- Scaling back 2 months ago This time last year the tourist season was well under way and Kaya was doing well in his job. He gets a small basic wage but his earnings rely on selling excursions to customers when he does his welcome meetings at the many hotels he is responsible for.So far this year, he is still working long...
- When you just don't have a clue!! 1 month ago Yesterday I lost my internet connection on my laptop but still had it on my phone. To my non-technical brain this just doesn't make sense. Although I'm sure you pc wizards out there know exactly what was wrong.So I fiddled about with all sorts of things in the hope that I would by some miracle...
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- My Life in Turkey Writing Contest October 2012 Moving to another country is a huge risk. But isn't that what life is all about? Taking risks? Life is short and I didn't want to spend the rest of mine wondering "what if?" I met my Turkish husband in Gocek. I was on a last-minute...
ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: Turkey Bronze Award!
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Website Reviews » There are 15 reviews on Ayak's Turkish Delight
23:41 PM October 26, 2012
Love your blog, Ayak! Such an interesting mix of personal and village stories, sprinkled with guest posts and fun links.
23:55 PM October 26, 2012
Having had Turkish friends while in France, everything Ayak blogs about rings true to me...a real 'close to the ground' blog, not a blog from the expat colony. I see so much through her eyes, the detail of life...and have a lot of fun there too!
07:31 AM October 27, 2012
I've been reading Ayak's blog for many years now. Here tenacity in the face of many difficulties caused by language, cultural differences and recession is quite astounding but the integration and understanding of the Turkish culture, why things are the way they are is wonderful to read. I think the constant interest, the changing moods in the writing but constant quality is why I have read it for so long. Ayak's writing comes from the heart.
07:36 AM October 27, 2012
I love this blog. Always full of interesting stories of the village and the ups and downs of living in Turkey. Ayak writes regularly and always comments kindly on other blogs. Lovely stuff.
09:25 AM October 27, 2012
Ayak is a great story-teller and portrays many different aspects of her life in Turkey - sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant but always refreshing and honest.
14:47 PM October 27, 2012
Excellent blog. I am a loyal follower
15:26 PM October 27, 2012
Extremely interesting daily Turkish life with their cultures and ups and downs of Ayak living her life in Turkey with her Turkish husband and daily trials and tribulations of life in her village..... love her neighbour stories and the cool Donkeys who live there....and the Dolmus Bus rides..... never a dull moment for Ayak. My husband is Turkish and reads her Blog also. Also a great Animal lover and is trying to do something about it there. A must to read...her stories are from the heart. I'm a loyal follower.
23:00 PM October 27, 2012
Ayak's blog is like the Archers. I have to tune it and get my daily dose. I get withdrawal symptoms if she goes off-line for a few days. She deserves to WIN!
08:44 AM October 28, 2012
I like Ayak's writing because it's clear and honest, and paints a real picture of what life is like down there-- so totally removed from my world. At the same time, there are these apparent tensions and sometimes you get the feeling Ayak is telling everything, and sometimes you think she's hiding a lot. Makes for a good daily read. And it also makes me not want to live in Istanbul anymore, despite the difficulties of village life.
12:54 PM October 28, 2012
Brilliant blog love it,Ayak tells it like it really is. Am an avid follower.
15:35 PM October 28, 2012
Ayak's Turkish Delight is just that, Turkish and delightful. I've been following her for several years now and always look forward to her posts and her recipes. I can't think of anyone who deserves to win more than Ayak!!
12:44 PM October 30, 2012
I have followed Ayak for a year. I learn so much about Turkey, and have come to regard the author as a valued friend. The blog is a fabulous mixture of personal stories and commentary on living in Turkey. Wonderful stuff.
15:12 PM October 30, 2012
I have been reading and loving Ayak's blog for at least three years now, long before I started my own. In fact the sheer quality of Ayak's portrait of her life in Turkey was one of the main inspirations for starting to blog myself. The self-deprecating honesty of her account of the ups and downs of life with her Turkish husband in a small country village is often laced with humour or pathos and is always enjoyable and utterly absorbing. A five-star blog indeed!
11:17 AM November 05, 2012
Ayak's Turkish Delight is the grandmother of Turkish blogs - always interesting and always scrupulously honest. A joy to read.
19:21 PM November 05, 2012
I always enjoy reading Ayak's blog. She brings her life to us so vividly I keep having to remind myself that we've never actually met.