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 →

The New Year

My husband and I left Turkey in October.  We were back in the U.S. in time to celebrate a wave of holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.  We moved into our home about three weeks ago.  It's been a whirlwind.  We truly enjoyed being here with my family.  All went well enough.... Continue Reading →

Özgürlük – Freedom – Part 1

Freedom is a word that is thrown around, well, rather freely.  It has its definitions, translations, usages. It's been used to describe personal and political agendas.  Great minds use the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.  Little minds abuse the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.               ... Continue Reading →

US Embassy Info on State of Emergency In Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency August 8, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Turkey of potential impacts of the 90-day state of emergency imposed by the Government of Turkey July 21. The state of emergency expands the authority of security forces in stopping, searching,... Continue Reading →

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