On Being Lucky

I woke up this morning realizing I had a lot of housework and laundry to do.  As I was trying to enjoy my coffee and ignore those facts, I also realized that it was time for another blog post.  I still have many pics to post from my trip to Side, and my recent trip... Continue Reading →

Oh, I Love Trash!

"I love trash.  Anything dirty or dingy or dusty.  Anything rotten or ragged or rusty.  I love it because it's trash!" This was my favorite Sesame Street song from the great, Oscar the Grouch.  I just loved that song.  Still know most of the words.  But it just ain't so.  If there is one house... Continue Reading →

Club Ali Bey, Manavgat

My husband and I finally went on our honeymoon, almost one year and five months after our wedding.  His brother gave us a vacation at Club Ali Bey, just outside of Manavgat, in the Antalya region.  Club Ali Bey is perfectly situated on the Mediterranean Sea. The resort is known for its tennis courts.  Of... Continue Reading →

The Road to Manavgat

We just returned from our week’s vacation to the Mediterranean Coast.  I am not sure what I enjoyed the most.  Was it the beautiful turquoise shores?  The Waterfalls of Manavgat?  The non-stop buffets of the resort?  The breath-taking ancient ruins?   I just can’t pick a favorite.  So why don’t we start at the beginning.  The road... Continue Reading →

Vacation Break

Dear Readers and Friends, I leave tomorrow for a week's vacation.  I am heading to the "Turkish Riviera" and will enjoy 5 nights in a luxury hotel in the Antalya region, courtesy of the family.  Antalya is on the southern border of Turkey, along the Mediterranean.  I will have a lot of fun pics to... Continue Reading →

Istanbul 2006

I am preparing for a week’s vacation to Manavgat, near Side in the region of Antalya.  Let's just say a week on the Mediterranean ain’t bad!  Following that, I will begin my Turkish language course which will include many day trips to various locations.  What I’m trying to say is, you will soon see lots... Continue Reading →

Alumni Day

Yesterday was graduation at Middle East Technical University (METU). As part of the celebration, Alumni Day was held on Saturday. I attended with my husband who is currently teaching at METU as well as a graduate, class of 1999.      METU is a state university founded in 1956. METU's presence brought about new methods and... Continue Reading →

Why Am I Here? or Happy 4th of July!

It’s time. This post is not a philosophical query into who I am and why I am?  I have read Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and frankly, it’s all Greek to me.  This is a somewhat simple answer to a question I have been asked over and over.  A question I have been asked by friends and... Continue Reading →

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