Terry & Baris’ Big Weekend Adventure – Day 2 Cont’d

Our story continues from our day of  kayaking.  You will recall that our group had piled into the minivan, worn and tired and happy from our day on the sea.  The van gently rocked us into deep reflection as we nodded off to sleep. Suddenly, the van stopped abruptly and I saw a police car... Continue Reading →

The Big Cliff(hanger)

For those of you who have been following Terry & Baris' Big Weekend Adventure in Kaş, you will remember that we left you with a bit of a cliffhanger: Lunch was the perfect end to a perfect afternoon.  On the ride back, the group was happy, calm, and tired.  I couldn’t wait to get back to... Continue Reading →

Things To Do Before I Die

I have never actually sat down to write my "to do" list, that is the things I want to do and see before I die.  But from time to time, things have crossed my mind. 1- Visit the Herr's Potato Chip Factory.  It's really stupid that I haven't done that.  It's not far from my... Continue Reading →

Mt. Erciyes Has New Trails

Whether looking for a place to ski, snowboard, or just a place to picnic in the snow, Mt. Erciyes is the place for you! A non-active volcano located in Kayseri, the ski area has many slopes including a brand new one which opened this weekend! The new slope has a cafe at the bottom of the... Continue Reading →

Eurasia Marathon 2011

This past weekend was Eurasia Marathon - a run that starts in Asia and ends in Europe!  You may remember that last year my husband participated in the Eurasia marathon events by running an 8k.  This year he stepped it up a notch, running the 15k.  My nephew, who has been studying this semester in... Continue Reading →


So now it's October, Ekim.   The days are still bright and sunny.  The evenings have become crisp and chilly. My thoughts have turned to things I enjoyed in the States.  Going to the old Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for the Halloween tours.  Selecting and carving a pumpkin.  Planting mums.  Haunted hayrides while enjoying... Continue Reading →

Yalikavak – Back to the Bodrum Peninsula

While on vacation, we had several opportunities to visit Yalıkavak.  Yalıkavak is a bit larger than the village of Gümüşlük, and not nearly as big and commercial as Bodrum.  Yalıkavak is super cute!  The beaches are small, but great.  Restaurants on the beach allow visitors to use their lounge chairs free of charge.  Be careful if you... Continue Reading →

Times Certainly are Changing

Progress.  A forward or onward movement.  Merriam-Webster. But sometimes progress can mean taking steps back. Last night, I decided I would make a simple dinner, spaghetti, a meal my husband used to make for himself quite frequently when we were apart.  Boil water.  Add pasta.  Open jar of sauce.  Dump on top.  Easy right? Not... Continue Reading →

Brotherly Love, and all that Jazz!

Turks are very different from Americans in the sense that they have a completely different perspective of personal space.    Turks are always walking into you, no matter how wide the sidewalk.  They ask personal questions about the way you look, your weight, and your health.  They generally don't follow traffic rules, so your lane... Continue Reading →

A.I. sits out the first game

Allen Iverson did not play in the first game after his arrival.  According to the team's manager, Murat Murtezaoglu, Iverson “did not feel ready” to play Friday night's game against Renault. Instead, Iverson watched the game from the stands with Big Ki.  Iverson did not dress in uniform.  Beşiktaş Cola Turka beat Cola Turka 87-81. This may... Continue Reading →

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