Kiteboarding Turkey

I'm not a water sports person, so I have no idea when kiteboarding, also known as kite surfing, became popular. I would love to share with you, however, my firsthand experience having watched it live in Turkey. At the end of summer 2018, we took a trip to Burhaniye (Ayvalik) on the western coast. My... Continue Reading →

Buying winter tires in Ankara

A reader asked a couple of great questions on one of my earlier blog posts, Tips for Driving in the Snow in Turkey.  She was wondering about the costs of winter tires and how a non-Turkish speaker could find out about it?  Below are my thoughts on the matter, but your experiences would be welcome... Continue Reading →

Turkish Holiday Destinations

Thinking of traveling to Turkey?  Already there and wondering where to go and what to see?  Please click on this link.  It contains links to many of my blog posts on travel to some of my favorite spots.  Ankara to Istanbul!  The Mediterranean coast, Aegean, and Black Sea!  Kapadokya!!!  And let's not forget the paragliding adventure!... Continue Reading →

Turkish Cooking in English!

A big congratulations to our friend Ozlem at Ozlem's Turkish Table.  She has published her first cookbook and I can't wait to read it!  I just finished ordering my copy.  Yes, she ships to the US! Ozlem's blog has been my go-to for Turkish cooking.  Why just this past weekend I paid her blog a... Continue Reading →

The New Year

My husband and I left Turkey in October.  We were back in the U.S. in time to celebrate a wave of holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.  We moved into our home about three weeks ago.  It's been a whirlwind.  We truly enjoyed being here with my family.  All went well enough.... Continue Reading →

Out of the Pan and Into the Fire

When I woke up at 4:53 this morning, it had been 10 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes since I had stepped on US soil.  I had left Turkey approximately 13.5 hours before that.  I left the country for many reasons - in search of a better job, a more peaceful existence, a better life. Turkey... Continue Reading →

Özgürlük – Freedom – Part 1

Freedom is a word that is thrown around, well, rather freely.  It has its definitions, translations, usages. It's been used to describe personal and political agendas.  Great minds use the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.  Little minds abuse the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.               ... Continue Reading →

US Embassy Info on State of Emergency In Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency August 8, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Turkey of potential impacts of the 90-day state of emergency imposed by the Government of Turkey July 21. The state of emergency expands the authority of security forces in stopping, searching,... Continue Reading →

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