Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια;Turkish: Girne) is a town on the northern coast of Cyprus, noted for its historic harbour and castle. Internationally recognised as part of the Republic of Cyprus, it is under the control of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and capital of its Girne District. Once predominantly inhabited by Greek Cypriots, Kyrenia's population consists now largely of Turkish Cypriots, British people... Continue Reading →
Arşın Mal Alan – Live Theater in Ankara
I have a thing for live theatre. Whether it be a play on Broadway or Shakespeare in the park, I love it! I love musicals, comedies, dramas . . . it doesn't matter. I haven't acted in a play since grade school. In high school, I enjoyed being a part of the orchestra for the... Continue Reading →
Creating Happiness in the Workplace – help on retaining employees
Turkey's economy has not been so great lately. People are struggling to find jobs. The daily news is alarming. At the same time, Turks are finally "coming into their own." They won't be beaten down any longer. They are fighting for a true democracy. They are searching for happiness. Searching for happiness. This is true... Continue Reading →
Resident Permits & Work Permits . . . Additional Information
This post will NOT pertain to most of my readers. It is written specifically for those who are wondering what happens to the money paid for a multi-year resident permit after obtaining a work permit for a shorter period. It is based on my experience and research. I will not be held legally liable for... Continue Reading →
Bellapais Abbey, Northern Cyprus
After having spent time caring for my sister and just days before her death, my husband treated me to a weekend in Northern Cyprus. I can't say it was a carefree weekend, but we did our best to enjoy it. Below are some photos from our our visit to Bellapais Abbey, the ruin of a monastery... Continue Reading →
Why I can not, and SHOULD not, bake
I bought pumpkin on the weekend and prepared a puree, in hopes of making pumpkin pie this week. (I know I haven't yet shared that recipe with you and will some day.) For some reason, I can bake pies, even though I now have to do pumpkin pie without the benefit of Libby's canned pumpkin.... Continue Reading →
Apple Fritters for Breakfast!
On the weekends, my husband and I sit down for breakfast. Most times it is as simple as eggs, or cheeses, olives and bread. Today there were no eggs and no bread in the house. And I just wasn't "feeling" a walk to the store. So while he slept, I started brainstorming. I had picked... Continue Reading →
Planning on visiting Turkey? There’s a new Visa system!
A message from the Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Message for U.S. Citizens No More Visas on Arrival in Turkey Beginning April 10, 2014, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer provide visas on arrival to foreign travelers. All foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions abroad... Continue Reading →
here’s what happened
When one becomes a blogger, we often write personal things that others would not share. In my case, I crossed over from getting my emotions out via keeping a journal and writing poems, to putting myself out there publicly. Lately, I have written posts that have caused concern to many. I was still withholding many... Continue Reading →
As I wrote in my last post, things have been very dark for me lately, both literally and figuratively. Today, I woke up ready to start this year again, for a third time. I even went to work a half an hour early. Then things got bad, very bad. A couple of hours later, I... Continue Reading →
Rain or Snow
The other day, my assistant said he wished it would rain or snow. I smirked a little at first, thinking what an oddity. Only my mother would pray for rain (for her garden). But I know exactly what he means. It's been a very difficult month for me. One month ago my sister died. I... Continue Reading →
Turkish Health Insurance – REALLY???!!!
Rave as you will about Turkish healthcare, I've had nothing but trouble with it. (Remember this?) Up until now I could at least say that I had little difficulty with the government health insurance (SGK). Up until now . . . So Turkey has two health insurance systems, the government insurance, which was formerly provided... Continue Reading →