Tag Archives: Lisa Morrow

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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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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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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How to Improve Your Turkish – Part 2

If you want to improve your Turkish I hope you don’t have to go through what I did.  If you haven’t been following my saga on how I managed, click on the link to read Part One. Just to be … 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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Gallivanting around Galata

Imagine the time – almost 25 years ago. Imagine the place – Istanbul, Eminönü and the old Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn. Fishermen in Karaköy, the new Galata bridge in the background “Up on the terrace of the hostel, … 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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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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