Typing in Turkey

After years of blogging, my husband decided that I should own a typewriter.  I had always wanted one, but had never pulled the trigger.  He presented me with my first manual typewriter, a 1961 Royal Futura 800. A year and a half later, I'm the proud owner of 13 manual typewriters ranging from extremely odd... Continue Reading →

For the Love of Family

I wrote the following piece last September.  For no particular reason, I decided to hold on to it. We lost my brother this week, and for no particular reason, I feel it's time to share my writing with you. September 5, 2017: Many of my readers have followed this blog faithfully for years.  Not only... Continue Reading →

What I knew. What I know.

What I thought as a kid: “Americans” fought the mean Indians.  "We" won and then afterwards we all got together, shared the harvest and had a great Turkey dinner.  Then we lived in peace and harmony. Jews killed Jesus and collected big taxes on everything. In order to enter Heaven, one had to follow the... 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 →

Shameless Plug

My brother has created a website to promote his lovely hand-crafted furniture.  I welcome my readers to peruse the site and photos of his work.  Feel free to contact him directly if you are looking for furnishings (truly artwork) from reclaimed wood.  Just click the below link. Bill Henson Custom Wood Work

Kesinlikle Bomba: Fear in Ankara

Yesterday evening, at about 6:30 pm, I was standing in the middle of my living room.  The weather had been gorgeous; my balcony door was wide open, the window ajar.  Suddenly, there was a loud boom.  My mother-in-law and I shook.  "Kesinlikle bomba."  Certainly, a bomb. I was struck with fear.  I had just spoken... Continue Reading →

More Turkish Kargo Trouble

Recently, I wrote a post about one of the big troubles my husband and I have repeatedly had with numerous Turkish cargo companies.  Boy, did I catch a lot of grief for that!  I received numerous emails, including from someone from a government Ministry and from a retired Ambassador.  In one email, the author had... Continue Reading →

In America Anything Is Possible

These days, I find myself with some time on my hands.  This morning I am feeling a little nostalgic.  I rarely look back on my Philadelphia homes with anything less than happiness.  They were good days.  I never fully regret selling my houses (although admittedly, I regret selling the little condo from time to time.)... Continue Reading →

Ordering Online? Beware Cargo!

Due to some of the personal email responses I received from this blog post, I have updated the post.  First, is my personal experience in Ankara, which may be useful to both Turks and expats here in Turkey.  Second, is some helpful information for foreigners and Americans when dealing with shipping in the U.S. In... Continue Reading →

Just Leave!

It's been a long time since I've written here.  So long that when I finally wrote this morning, I accidentally added it as a page instead of a post.  Having gotten only one comment on the blog, and a real doozie at that, I probably should have left it that way.  But no.  If you... Continue Reading →

A new U.S. ambassador to Turkey – and lots of information for the New Year!

American Outlook American Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey December 2014 Newsletter   For a formatted version of the newsletter, please visit the following link: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/turkey/1131523/Documents/Newsletter_December_2014_3.pdf Featured in this issue: Message from Ambassador John Bass Direct Deposit Payments of Your SSA Payments While in Turkey Turkish E-Visa and Sticker Visas at the Airports in Turkey... Continue Reading →


Hello Friends! I am sure by now you have noticed that I decided to take a little break.  I will be back next week.  Stay tuned for more! Yours truly at Adventures in Ankara

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