Category Archives: Living in Turkey

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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Hidrellez: May Your Wishes Come True

I’ll begin my story on Hidrellez in the manner of a traditional Turkish folk tale. Once there was and once there wasn’t a Turkish Australian friendship between a woman from Istanbul, Turkey and a woman from Sydney, Australia. They met … 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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Traditional Turkish drinks

In Turkey, all traditional drinks come with their own history. Whether it’s the better known tipples like rakı, ayran and tea (soon to have its own dedicated post) or one of the more local, acquired tastes, each drink has its … Continue reading

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Turkish National Public Holidays 2016

Click here for 2017 dates. Turkish national public holidays include international public holidays, important dates in the nation’s history and major religious events. On these days banks, administration offices, schools, government offices and some businesses are closed. Although government and … Continue reading

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Turkish markets – from A(pples) to Z(ucchinis)

Everyday, in a suburb somewhere in Istanbul, a weekly street market is being held. One of the one of the many traditions brought to the big city from small towns and villages, vibrant, crowded, noisy Turkish markets persist, despite the … Continue reading

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Turkey Culture Smart by Charlotte McPherson

This pocket size guide to the essential customs and culture of Turkey is a must read whether you’re coming to Turkey for the first time or plan to live here for a while. Unlike the usual guide book or personal … Continue reading

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Almost Turkish

Living in Turkey for almost ten years, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to participate in Turkish life. I am fascinated by what I see and always want to learn more. I read everything I can get my hands on … 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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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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