Tag Archives: Inside Out In Istanbul

Kadikoy Walking Tour – Set your own pace!

Want to get more out of your next trip to Istanbul? Come and explore the Asian side of the city with the help of a long term resident. I’ve just released an audio tour called Stepping Back Through Chalcedon: Kadikoy … 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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Teaching English in Turkey – De, da, huh? *

When I first started teaching English in Turkey I was pretty inexperienced. I’d only taught behavioural sciences at university for a few semesters back home in Australia and then small English classes at a private college in Istanbul for a … 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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Turkish public hospitals – Up Close & Personal

How reassuring to know my local Turkish public hospital now uses kidneys from both live and dead donors when performing transplants!  A look at the Turkish public health system Back in 2000 my husband and I worked at an English … Continue reading

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Mimar Sinan and his followers

Although the exact year of his birth is still disputed, the brilliance of Mimar Sinan, which translates as Sinan the architect, is not. Fathered by a stonemason, Mimar Sinan became a military engineer in the Ottoman Empire where he rose … 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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Istanbul views – My local parks

Istanbul is a densely populated city sprawling over both banks of the Bosphorus Strait. It is a metropolis full of highrise apartments and office blocks. Nonetheless, Istanbullu (people who live in Istanbul) value their green spaces and make good use … 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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How to Improve Your Turkish

“If you want to know how to improve your Turkish, I have one word for you. Bureaucracy. Forget expensive courses and fancy textbooks. Just spend one day (or maybe a lifetime) trying to get anything of a bureaucratic nature completed, … Continue reading

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