Tag Archives: Kayseri

My Turkish Ramazan

“… I was living in Kayseri in central Turkey for my next Turkish Ramazan. It was 2002, and winter once again. The cold made me permanently hungry so food was of paramount importance. Knowing most of my colleagues and students … 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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Teaching English in Turkey – Learning Curve Pt II

Not being sure when and if we were to be paid, we continued on our quest to begin teaching English in Turkey. First there was a little matter of the speaking exams to get through! … As the week progressed … Continue reading

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Turkish Elections – The Nuts and Bolts of Voting*

After Republic day in 2002, the main topic of conversation among my students was the upcoming Turkish elections. It was impossible to ignore them because every other day some party leader came to Kayseri to mount the hustings and win … 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 Shoe Shine – Lisa’s Little Men

…I am short. I’ve spent most of my life being short except for one brief moment when I was 12 and was the tallest girl in the class. Had I been a boy I would have been the tallest boy … 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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Turkey in Winter

Those of you who have been on holiday on the west coast of Turkey may never have experienced the magic of a Turkish winter. Although it may be cold, the scenery is often breathtaking. Here’s a selection of my favourite … Continue reading

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Turkish Death Rituals – You Are My Sunshine

Written in memory of my father, born 14th of February 1930. He set off on his last trip on the 14th of December 2013 and lives on in my heart. As I sit by my father’s bedside in Australia, holding … Continue reading

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