Category Archives: Exploring Turkish Landscapes

Writing about Turkey

A comment on a recent post of mine made me aware that some of you don’t know much about me. I’m a sociologist, writer and blogger, but more importantly I’m someone who has a real passion for Turkey. I got … Continue reading

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Swimming in Istanbul: Sundays in Fenerbahçe Park

… To reach the water we have to walk past tables occupied by Turkish families. Most of them turn and stare at our mixed groups of foreigners and Turks, the men in our group clad only in swimming trunks and … Continue reading

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My Turkish Ramazan

“… I was living in Kayseri in central Turkey for my next Turkish Ramazan. It was 2002, and winter once again. The cold made me permanently hungry so food was of paramount importance. Knowing most of my colleagues and students … Continue reading

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Exploring Turkish Landscapes – Natalie Sayin review

“A few months ago, Lisa Morrow, an experienced travel writer living in Istanbul, contacted me. She had just released a book about Turkish Culture and asked if she could send a copy, for a published review. I said yes and … Continue reading

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Kurban Bayram

Get your sacrificial Kurban Bayram cow or sheep sliced, packaged and ready to go when you do your weekly supermarket shop. Convenient and you can pay in nine instalments! I can vividly remember the first time I came face to … Continue reading

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Books about Turkey to add to your library

Hi Everyone, I hope you’ve been enjoying my posts and photos about my life in Istanbul and travels in Turkey. August was a really exciting month for me. I went to new places for a relaxing holiday, and gave three … Continue reading

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Fenerbahce Park – lazy Sundays

Istanbul in summer can be very hot. We couldn’t always go away on holidays so spent our Sundays in Fenerbahce Park. Here’s how we’d typically spend the day. “… To reach the water we have to walk past tables occupied … Continue reading

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Kurban Bayram – Feast of the Sacrifice

I can vividly remember the first time I came face to face with the results of the feast known in Turkey as Kurban Bayram. It is the traditional religious holiday when all Muslim are expected to commemorate the strength of … Continue reading

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Turkish wedding traditions

Living in Turkey for many years I’ve seen a lot of different Turkish wedding traditions. Here are just a few. “Some years ago I lived in central Turkey. It was at the beginning of the 21st century and Kayseri, the … Continue reading

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Eastern Turkey tour – All singing, all dancing Part II

Read on to find out what happened on my Eastern Turkey tour with 52 students who sang, danced and ate the whole time. There was very little sleep to be had! …We were headed for Harran, a small town famous … Continue reading

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