Category Archives: Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom

The Grand Bazaar Istanbul – a gateway to enchantment

As a long-time resident of Istanbul, readers often ask me to recommend ‘must sees’ when they’re planning their first trip to this wonderful city. While I love to seek out lesser known sights I always tell people to see the … Continue reading

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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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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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Kas – Land of the Sleeping Giant

“Kaş has the high mountains and sparse covering of undersized scrub that impressed me when I first saw the Turkish coastline back in 1990. Unlike then I am not afraid when I look up at the distinctive rock formation known … Continue reading

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Henna Night

I’ve lived in Turkey for a long time and been lucky enough to participate in lots of traditional activities. One of my favourite things to do is to join in on a kına gecesi, or henna night. This is the … Continue reading

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Contemporary Life in Istanbul – Love

There’s an awful lot of information on traditional Turkish life available, but things change. Read on to get a taste of contemporary life in Istanbul. “…Since I first came to Turkey more than twenty years ago, trade has opened up, … 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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Ramazan – Staying Out Late

The Muslim religious obligation to fast for a month, known as Ramazan, is held at a different time each year. The start is determined by the lunar calendar, and the first fasting day is around eleven days earlier each year. … Continue reading

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Life In Istanbul – Greenhouse review

Experience Istanbul with an author who brings life in Istanbul alive – review by Greenhouse Books “Everyday life in Istanbul has never been described so vividly. Australian long-term resident in Turkey Lisa Morrow has an ability to take us on … Continue reading

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Istanbul sights and sounds

The following is an excerpt about Istanbul sights and sounds from my book Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul. “… Each day certain sounds can be heard echoing down my street. Early in the morning I hear … Continue reading

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