Category Archives: Inside out in Istanbul

New Year’s Eve in Turkey – Red is for Health

If you’ve lived here for more than a year you’ll likely have had at least one conversation with a Turkish friend or colleague about Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in Turkey. Despite your best efforts at explaining that Christmas … Continue reading

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Inside Out In Istanbul – The People You Meet

In my many years of living and travelling throughout Turkey, I’ve met a lot of different people, all of whom called themselves Turks. I’ve written about some of the most memorable people in a piece called “The People You Meet”. … Continue reading

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Turkish Death Rituals: An Hour of Your Time

A Turkish friend recently invited me to attend a mevlit to be held for her mother. Her mum had been failing for months, going from being a chirpy chatty woman to a small silent figure swaddled in a now too … Continue reading

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Sunnet: The First Cut is the Deepest

Whether you support it or not, the touchy subject of circumcision, or sünnet as it’s called in Turkish, is one that can’t be avoided if you stay in the country for any period of time. On my first trip here … Continue reading

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Swimming in Istanbul: Freestyle or overarm

“Being Australian and living in Istanbul, one of the hardest things to cope with at first was the difficulty of finding a pool to go swimming in Istanbul regularly. Prior to 1980 life in Istanbul was much like life in … Continue reading

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Haydarpasa Cemetery – A Long Way from Home

The complete version of this essay can be found in the second edition of my book        Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City. Tucked away on the slopes up behind the port of Harem on the Asian side … Continue reading

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Istanbul Transport Metrobus Dreams

Behind the mundane route of the Istanbul transport metrobus system lies another world. Find out more in this extract from my story “Metrobus Dreams”. “At Uzunçayır, I envisage the long fields to which the name refers. Fully grown sheep and … Continue reading

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Kadikoy – Antique Street

For as long as I can remember, Tellalzade Sokak in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul, has never been referred to by its registered name. Streets in Turkey are called after a person who once lived there and gave … Continue reading

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Mehmed Sokullu – When Writing Crosses Borders

When I started writing about Turkey, it was with the idea of sharing my thoughts and experiences. When I moved to Istanbul, I hope to give people an idea of what everyday life is like for an expat here. Many … Continue reading

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Turkish Slippers – Best Foot Forward:

Turkish slippers are as Turkish as tea, simits and minarets. Plain or fancy, flat or with heels, no home is without them. “…Anyone who’s ever visited a Turkish home knows not to enter wearing outdoor shoes. Given the state of … Continue reading

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