Fear and the Loss of Freedom to Be Afraid "By the time this clip was finished, we knew what was going on. There was much to be said, a lot of fear, and things to do. It was not long before an emergency bag was packed and I had made the dreaded first call to... Continue Reading →
Ordering Online? Beware Cargo!
Due to some of the personal email responses I received from this blog post, I have updated the post. First, is my personal experience in Ankara, which may be useful to both Turks and expats here in Turkey. Second, is some helpful information for foreigners and Americans when dealing with shipping in the U.S. In... Continue Reading →
Two minutes of peace
Sharing this blog from 5 years ago. Two minutes of silence in honor of Ataturk.
This morning I expereinced something miraculous, wonderous, beautiful, strange, and different. Today is the 72nd anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s death. He was the founding father of modern Turkey. At exactly 9:05 this morning, the precise time that he passed, all of Turkey came to a standstill for 2 minutes of silence. I was driving on a highway at that time. All of the vehicles stopped. I stopped. The radio stations went silent. A few people got out of their cars and stood at attention.
Two minutes of silence is not quite an appropriate term for what I experienced. The driver of every vehicle soulfully honked his horn. I am told that people will stop whereever they are, walking down the street or up a flight of stairs, and stand still for two minutes.
For most Turks, this is likely a sign of patriotism, a gesture of respect. …
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Remembering September 11th and a Prayer for World Peace
Today is a day to remember those we lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. According to CNN: The Victims: At the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed in the north and south towers.... Continue Reading →
Ode to a Friend
It has been about a year since my friend Fulya passed away. I mentioned her passing briefly in this blog post, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Today I want to take a moment to honor her and to discuss what I have learned about death in Turkey. Fulya cam from a more prestigious family... Continue Reading →
The Book Is Out!!! Turkey Street: Jack and Liam move to Bodrum
I haven't yet read the book, Turkey Street: Jack and Liam move to Bodrum," but I am really looking forward to it! Congrats Jack! You are an inspiration for me as a fellow blogger, and for gay men and women everywhere! Here's a blurb about the book: Six months into their Turkish affair, Jack and... Continue Reading →
The Baltic Quartet – the Celebration of Lithuania’s Freedom
Last night my husband and I had the pleasure of joining the in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania's Independence. Lithuania's Ambassador to Turkey, Kestutis Kudzmanas, and his wife have been in Ankara for several years. We were lucky enough to have met them a few years ago and have been... Continue Reading →
A Cultural Divide? Expressions of Sympathy
No matter where we are in life, we will come upon a time where we need to know the language to use to express one's sympathy for the loss of a loved one. We will never be prepared for death. But after a loss, we don't want to spend time scrambling to find the right... Continue Reading →
Beyond words: from Back to Bodrum
Özgecan. Words can not express what Turkish women, expat women in Turkey, and frankly, women around the world are feeling. A young woman takes a small bus. Something she did on a regular basis. Unfortunately, she was the last passenger on the bus. She was raped by the driver who then stabbed her to death... Continue Reading →
A week has come and gone - celebrating the life of my father-in-law. He was one of the most kind and gentle men I had ever met. If you caught him in one of the rare moments he was not smiling, you could still see the smile in his eyes. You would never find him... Continue Reading →
Top 5 Things to do in Ankara — Off the Beaten Path
I have hesitated to write a Top 5 "to do" list of my favorite places in Ankara. The reason? I am not a "usual" type of girl. The things I like to see and do will also be enjoyed by most of you, but most are NOT the typical places you will find on a... Continue Reading →