Kiteboarding Turkey

I'm not a water sports person, so I have no idea when kiteboarding, also known as kite surfing, became popular. I would love to share with you, however, my firsthand experience having watched it live in Turkey. At the end of summer 2018, we took a trip to Burhaniye (Ayvalik) on the western coast. My... Continue Reading →

The Turk Takes a Trip

Are you tired of the winter blues? Need a little break from Ankara? Feeling a little athletic? Can you deal with just a little bit of hectic travel? Why not try winter sports in France?! As I've previously written, Turkey boasts a truly beautiful mountain for snowboarding and skiing in the heart of Anatolia at... Continue Reading →

Typing in Turkey

After years of blogging, my husband decided that I should own a typewriter.  I had always wanted one, but had never pulled the trigger.  He presented me with my first manual typewriter, a 1961 Royal Futura 800. A year and a half later, I'm the proud owner of 13 manual typewriters ranging from extremely odd... Continue Reading →

Remembering Expat Thanksgiving(s)

I spent 6.5 years in Ankara.  Before moving there, one of the most difficult things I could imagine was celebrating American holidays without my family.  Even harder, would be celebrating Thanksgiving since it is not a holiday at all in Turkey! It has been two years since I returned to the States.  Looking back, my... Continue Reading →

Buying winter tires in Ankara

A reader asked a couple of great questions on one of my earlier blog posts, Tips for Driving in the Snow in Turkey.  She was wondering about the costs of winter tires and how a non-Turkish speaker could find out about it?  Below are my thoughts on the matter, but your experiences would be welcome... Continue Reading →

Love thy Enemy

I wrote the following in January 2016.  I never finished it and am not sure where I was going with it.  Most likely it started with the terrorist attacks in Turkey.  It definitely preceded the attempted coup.  It may have had something to do with 45 (aka - his highness Trump.)  But seeing how our... Continue Reading →

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