Category Archives: Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom

Modern Turkish Weddings: At the Registry Office

Visitors to Turkey often stumble across colourful wedding celebrations in small towns and villages. They are great fun to attend. But what about the legally required civil ceremony, do you know what goes on there? Find out in this extract … Continue reading

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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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