Ayak's Turkish Delight

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Ayak's Turkish Delight
I moved to Turkey from England in 1998 and married my Turkish husband in 1999. We have lived in different areas of Turkey. In fact we have moved 15 times to date.
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  • Preparing to go away.... 2 days ago It takes a lot of organising, that's for sure, and it's never straightforward.Tommy had conjuctivitis last week.  We got drops from the vet and it seemed to have cleared up after a couple of days.  In the meantime he passed it on to Timmy, who then passed it on to Monty, who passed it back to...
  • Monday Update 6 days ago After Olive left on Friday I was pretty upset.  I was determined to get her to fit in but it wasn't to be.  Although shortly after she left, the other dogs seemed to visibly relax and get back to their normal selves.  Fistik stopped going to the toilet in the house, and there was much less...
  • WHEN THİNGS DON'T WORK OUT 1 week ago It is with so much regret and sadness that I have to tell you that we can't keep Olive.When she came to us 8 days ago to be fostered for two weeks, she was understandably nervous, but within 24 hours she had settled and continued to gain confidence.  She chews everything in sight but I am used to...
  • Gokova Appeal 1 week ago You may recall a post I did a while ago about my friend Sonia Garnett who runs Gokova Animal Rescue.  If you missed the post, you can read it HEREAs I mentioned, Sonia has been a terrific support to me and the work I do with our village dogs.Sonia has not only supported  me, but also other...
  • Happy Easter Sunday 2 weeks ago I didn't actually realise it was Easter until Friday.  Because it isn't celebrated here, it's easy to forget. To be honest, life is a bit of a whirlwind these days that half the time I don't even know what day it is.Mr A started his new job over in Gumbet on Wedneday.  It is quiet at the moment,...

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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

Deniz
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.

Helen Devries
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!

Kelloggsville
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.

Rosie
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.

Vicky
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.

Sumina
14:47 PM October 27, 2012

Excellent blog. I am a loyal follower

Erica
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.

BacktoBodrum
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!

Istanbul's Stranger
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.

Greygirl
12:54 PM October 28, 2012

Brilliant blog love it,Ayak tells it like it really is. Am an avid follower.

Erin
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!!

Janice Whelan
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.

Perpatua
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!

Jack Scott
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.

Hilary Sklar
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.

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