Category Archives: Women

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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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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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 underwear – Shopping for unmentionables

As a young teenager I was a tomboy, so getting my first bra wasn’t something I looked forward to. When the fateful day came my mum took me to a long established Sydney department store for a proper fitting. There … Continue reading

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Foreign Women in Turkey – Changing Face

Back in 2000 when I first lived in Istanbul, most of the foreign women in Turkey I knew were blonde. Whenever we met up for coffee they would regale me with stories of being followed by strange men and touched … Continue reading

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Turkish wedding traditions

Living in Turkey for many years I’ve seen a lot of different Turkish wedding traditions. Here are just a few. “Some years ago I lived in central Turkey. It was at the beginning of the 21st century and Kayseri, the … Continue reading

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Turkish Weddings

Unlike popular stereotypes about women, I am not a great fan of shopping. True, I will go to great lengths to track down the perfect shoe or boot, but when it comes to other items of apparel, I am far … Continue reading

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Hamam – More Than a Bath

The Turkish Bath (Le Bain Turc) painted in 1862 by the 82-year-old Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Currently housed in the Louvre Once inside the hamam “we ducked through a low door and stepped into a marble lined area where there … Continue reading

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Turkish belly dance – good girls don’t

This is part of a longer essay called “Dancing Away the Sequins”, based on my experiences of the cultural meanings inherent to Turkish belly dance. You can find the full piece in my second collection of essays called Exploring Turkish … Continue reading

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