And just like that … A Tip for Traveling in Turkey (Post-Covid)

I learned something new yesterday and thought I would share it. Yesterday, upon entering Bauhaus (the German version of Home Depot which is also in Turkey), we were asked to show a "HES kodu." Luckily, I was with my husband because I had no idea what they wanted. However, once he informed me what it... Continue Reading →


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.


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 →

Here’s Something

Inhale. Recent months have been extremely busy. Lots of work.  Lots of house stuff.  Lots of family.  Life can be stressful, even when you are enjoying it.  And then there are the times that aren’t so enjoyable. I am one of those people who have a hard time dealing with stress.  For my body, stress... Continue Reading →

We don’t do gloves!

Sometimes I am greatly amazed by little things in Turkey's healthcare system.  Like the fancy machines.  You name it.  Turks have it.  Lots of lights and shiny metals.  And the pharmacies.  Sure, you need a prescription for some things, but there's a lot of good stuff you can get without it.  Not to sound like... Continue Reading →

Air Pollution in Ankara

In 2008, Ankara was listed as one of the world's worst cities for air pollution. The large increase in natural gas prices and the distribution of free coal by municipalities prior to local elections has led to an enormous jump in pollution levels in Ankara, reaching 9,350 micrograms per cubic meter in the Sıhhiye district.... Continue Reading →

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