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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  • My personal pedicurist 3 days ago Four years ago I wrote THIS POST about the state of my feet.   Ever since then I have been doing what I can to improve their condition.  They do get a bit better from time to time, but I'm afraid I get distracted and don't always remember to spend time taking care of them.I get embarrassed...
  • Class differences 6 days ago I'm not talking about the difference in class between people here.  In fact class is something I rarely refer to, except perhaps to argue the point that we were all born equal, and "class" depends on money and circumstances.  Basically we are all human beings, good and bad, rich and poor, etc.I...
  • FRIDAY NOTES 1 week ago It's been a very busy week and I am finally about to sort out clothes and pack my suitcase for my trip to England tomorrow.  My flight leaves at 6.00am so I will be up very early.My internet connection is playing up again, but I haven't the time or the patience to tackle TTNet today, so will sort...
  • Winter feeding programme underway 1 week ago This morning we went up to the industrial estate on the main road to check on the numbers of dogs currently living there.During the summer months we had an arrangement with the cafe owner.  He continued to feed most of the dogs leftovers, and we dropped off sacks of food from time to time to...
  • Noisy tortoises and a determined dog 2 weeks ago I've had a week of sleepless nights and I'm feeling the strain.  I'm usually kept awake if my dogs are barking at a passing cat, but I'm actually becoming accustomed to this and can often sleep through it.However, it's the tortoises in our garden that are disturbing my sleep these days. We've...

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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...

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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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