Category Archives: Living in Istanbul

Tokapi bus station

Anyone who’s spent any time in Turkey is likely to have caught a long distance bus. And if you’ve only ever had to use the Esenler bus station in Istanbul you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s chaotic. Compared to what … Continue reading

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8 signs you’ve lived in Turkey too long

I’ve lived in Turkey for about ten years now, and have almost completely adapted to the way of life. I’m no longer surprised if I’m offered a piece of stinky cheese direct from a goat skin and can use even … Continue reading

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Ramazan* Dos and Don’ts

The Holy Month of Ramazan has started here in Turkey and over this thirty day period devout Muslims fast during daylight hours. This means not eating, drinking, smoking or even chewing gum, from early in the morning until the evening. … Continue reading

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Faces in the Street – less well known Turkish crafts

In my library on Turkey, I have a lovely little brightly coloured pamphlet style book filled with the kind of garish photos I used to see on postcards when I first travelled in Turkey in 1990. This book dates from … Continue reading

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Christmas in Turkey : Deck the Halls & Eat Apple Jam

Living in a foreign country it’s usual to feel homesick sometimes, especially now when the end of the year are just around the corner. For many of us this is a time of celebration, to observe our beliefs and be … 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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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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Easter in Turkey: Eggs, buns, bunnies or church

My family wasn’t religious, so when I was a little girl in primary school I was always slightly jealous of the other children at Easter. I’d see them emerge from scripture classes clutching Easter bonnets festooned with strips of paper, … 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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Christmas in Turkey – Deck the Halls & Eat Apple Jam

Living in a foreign country it’s usual to feel homesick sometimes, especially now when the end of the year is just around the corner. For many of us this is a time of celebration, to observe our beliefs and be … Continue reading

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