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 →

Mind Your P’s and Q’s

Learning a new language is great, regardless of how much or how little you retain.  I find that every small little piece I learn changes me in some way.  It's brought me to realize though, that when living in another country, sometimes learning the language is not enough. In the States we have this saying,... Continue Reading →

What did, do, the Protestors Want?

It was very early in the protests when I realized that no one was actually voicing their opinion.  They weren't clearly stating what they wanted.  Obviously, much like Occupy Wall St., it was hard to do.  The protests were growing around the country, but there was no clear leader.  No one to make demands. One... Continue Reading →

“509 Theresa”

While many things are the same everywhere, there is a big difference between here and the States related to education and jobs.  In the States, one takes the SAT exam, and with that score, applies to universities of their choosing.  Once in school, they select their major course of study, usually at any time.  Of... Continue Reading →

Racism Running Rampant — Still

In the news in Turkey is the Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay with his anti-Semitic public comments. I have lived here over three years now.  I don't usually get into the depth of conversations, for lack of Turkish skills, that would make me aware of racism here.  Unfortunately, I do have one "friend" who in the... Continue Reading →

What is a Blog?

During my break, I did a lot of thinking about my blog.  Naturally, as soon as I decided to take a break, I found many things I wanted to write about.  But I realized that I still needed space. This morning, I decided to reinstate my last article.  I had removed it, not because of... 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 →

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