Ayak's Turkish Delight
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- Friends 3 weeks ago I have been amazed over the past few years by the number of new friends I have made, thanks to the internet and social media. Many of them I have been fortunate enough to meet in person.We can often think of our retirement years being rather quiet, and even though we keep some friends for many...
- I've been gone for some time.... 3 weeks ago ....for more than six months...from this blog that is. I'm still here, still in this remote village, still looking after my 12 rescued dogs at home, still helping to care for dogs in the village and at the sanayi.Kaya (my husband) does most of the work with the dogs at the sanayi, mainly because...
- SADNESS 8 months ago A friend just posted this photo on Facebook, with no comment. It didn't need one. The great Ataturk did so much for this country and gave it's people such hope. I wonder what he would think of the country today.Today, after yet another senseless attack, there is an overwhelming feeling of...
- In Remembrance of Freddie Mercury...and another 10 months ago Freddie Mercury died 25 years ago today. One of the greatest talents that ever lived.I was reminded of him when someone posted the song "Who wants to live forever" on Facebook today.I first heard the song in the film The Highlander. It was in my social work days and I was working with young...
- Guilty Feelings and Paranoia 9 months ago Being paranoid has always been part of my depression. It's a horrible state of mind. I may say something to someone, or write something, and then on reflection think I may have offended. Worse still I can also feel that I am disliked or even hated.When I'm not depressed, and more rational, I...
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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.