Hello old friends! It's been a long time. And I am feeling a bit nostalgic tonight. It's over a year now since we returned to the States. Although I felt relieved when we left, I can't say I don't miss Turkey. I do, I really do. Tonight I pulled out an old hard drive looking... Continue Reading →
Every once in a while, the hubby and I both realize - at the same time - that we really need a break. Yesterday was the day! While many Turks have headed to the Mediterranean shores for the weekend, we headed north to Bolu for a day trip. Destination - Yedigöller Milli Parklar (Seven Lakes National... Continue Reading →
The Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTÜ) held its Spring 2016 tree planting event today in the ODTÜ forest. Ten thousand trees were planted in honor of two students, Berkay Baş and Ozancan Akkuş, who we lost in a terrorist attack in March. The President of METU spoke, as did Ozancan's father, before the planting. With these 10,000, the University... Continue Reading →
I am visiting West Chester, PA. On my first day here, I had the opportunity to visit the Trump rally at WC University. Stop right there -- I am a firm DUMP TRUMP person. I can't even imagine life in a world where that guy is the President of what already is one of the... 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 →
Sharing this blog from 5 years ago. Two minutes of silence in honor of Ataturk.
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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My mom has visited me in Ankara three times. It's a really wonderful feat considering she is now in her 80's. Each time she visits, she also makes a stop in Germany to visit her family. And each time she visits, she says she's afraid it will be her last time - she doesn't think... Continue Reading →
I love gardening! I LOVE GARDENING! In Turkey, it's easy to find certain vegetables when in season. They are usually cheap and readily available at all markets and pazars. But still, there is nothing like a vegetable herb grown in your garden and hand-picked for your meal. I don't have a garden space in Ankara,... Continue Reading →