The Colors of the Rainbow

From time to time I am asked what I miss the most from the States.  Today, I realized I miss the colors of the rainbow. Turkey is chock full of Turks.  They come in varying colors, dark skin and dark hair, blonde hair and light skin.  I've even met some red heads. But it's just... 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 →

How to Celebrate Christmas in Ankara

Every year there are new comers to Ankara with the same questions we all had.  How do we celebrate Christmas in Ankara? Celebrating one of the biggest of the Christian holidays while living in a Muslim country doesn't have to be as difficult as you may think.  The key is to lower expectations.  Think about... 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 →

Thanksgiving Success

Thanksgiving 2102 Ankara. It was fabulous! Below are my photos of what happens when you share a beloved American holiday with 20 others, mostly Turks, and most of whom lived in the U.S. at some point.  They get it.  They know how to enjoy it. Even Lucky enjoyed the evening . . . This year,... Continue Reading →

Life is What We Make of It

Life has been so busy lately.  Trips, parties, illnesses, stress. Life is what we make of it. I've never been a person that put friends and family on a back burner.  They always have and always will come first.  Even when they irritate me.  Now, I sometimes find myself juggling which friends and which family... Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life

A day in the life of anyone can bring with it the good, the bad, and the ugly.  A typical day for most adults is probably something like this:  Get up.  Go to work.  Grab a quick lunch.  Work some more.  Head home.  Eat dinner.  Go to bed.  Of course, there's room for a little... Continue Reading →

Ode to the Porch

People are always asking me what I miss from the States while I am living in Ankara.  My answers are always the same.  Family.  Friends.  Food. This week, I realized there are other things.  I really miss the greenery everywhere.  In Ankara, we have beautiful parks.  And we can drive outside of the city to... Continue Reading →

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