Doing the Math & My Love of All Things Paşabahçe

When I first moved to Turkey in 2010, I quickly realized that I was constantly converting figures whether it be measurements, temperatures or money.  Some equations were easy.  Temperatures, of course, were more difficult, after all, those involved a whole formula!  For me, the money conversions were the most interesting.  Sure, it was simple math. ... Continue Reading →

Out of the Pan and Into the Fire

When I woke up at 4:53 this morning, it had been 10 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes since I had stepped on US soil.  I had left Turkey approximately 13.5 hours before that.  I left the country for many reasons - in search of a better job, a more peaceful existence, a better life. Turkey... Continue Reading →

Today’s Photo

Here's something you don't see too often in Turkey - a DIY tile project!  Labor is relatively cheap here, so most simply hire someone.  I say "relatively" because prices of everything seem to be on the rise . . . everything but salary. The tile project is not quite done.  We came across a lot... Continue Reading →

Democracy NOW!

GET OUT AND VOTE! Today is election day in Turkey.  The Prime Minister is not up for re-election, but his party is.  The three largest cities are Istanbul (over 14 million), Ankara (about 5 million) and Izmir (about 3.5 million).   Below is some reading from Turkish & International newspapers on the subject: Turkey Politicians Make... Continue Reading →

The Best of 2012 Ankara Style

2012.  What a year.  Here's a look back at some of my better blog posts, one from each month.  I left out the recipes and restaurant reviews - although there were some goodies there! January, Keeping Up Appearances - How I learned to cover up. February, Junking - Comparing Turkey and the U.S. and my... Continue Reading →

Money Management

I am not a worrier by nature.  Shit happens.  Move on.  Deal with it. I am also not the best when it comes to managing money.  Sometimes I save.  Sometimes I spend.  I know where my weakness is - a fabulous meal with great wine.  I pay for that. I am also not one to... Continue Reading →

Turkey, Iraq, PKK and the Death of Innocents

29 December 2011 / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL The following is the full article as posted in today's paper: Questions abound over airstrike that killed 36 in Southeast The deaths of 36 people, who may have been locals smuggling in goods from northern Iraq, killed in an overnight airstrike by Turkish warplanes in southeastern Turkey have... Continue Reading →

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