Women’s Healthcare in Ankara:  THE PELVIC FLOOR, RELATED DISORDERS AND CAUSES, AND HOW TO MAINTAIN ITS HEALTH | GIZEM ONAY COLLET

Starting the New Year off with this great post I came across today on women's healthcare.  The blog is written in both English and Turkish. Gizem Onay Collet is a native of Ankara.  She practices and teaches yoga including prenatal yoga and trains yoga instructors.  She also offers childbirth preparation classes and gives workshops on women's... Continue Reading →

Two minutes of peace

Sharing this blog from 5 years ago. Two minutes of silence in honor of Ataturk.

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Adventures in Ankara

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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Update on the ALS Bucket Challenge

I am sure you all remember the "hype" a couple of months ago.  Everyone was taking the ALS Bucket Challenge.  I did it myself . . . sans bucket. Sadly, and as always, people had negative things to say about it - mostly because not everyone was donating cash for the cause.  But the naysayers... Continue Reading →

Rain or Snow

The other day, my assistant said he wished it would rain or snow.  I smirked a little at first, thinking what an oddity.  Only my mother would pray for rain (for her garden).  But I know exactly what he means. It's been a very difficult month for me.  One month ago my sister died.  I... Continue Reading →

Turkish Health Insurance – REALLY???!!!

Rave as you will about Turkish healthcare, I've had nothing but trouble with it. (Remember this?) Up until now I could at least say that I had little difficulty with the government health insurance (SGK).  Up until now . . . So Turkey has two health insurance systems, the government insurance, which was formerly provided... 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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