Category Archives: Customs

No Smoking

Just a quick shout out for my hubby to say how proud I am of him for quitting smoking.  After endless nagging urging from me to quit, he’s been smoke free since January 1st!  Anybody who thinks that this is … Continue reading

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I’m still alive!

Sorry, sorry.  We were in the U.S. for a month and in the week that we’ve been back, I’ve just been uninspired.  The trip to the States was great and my Turk travelled further than some Americans do!  We flew … Continue reading

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Ho Ho Ho…Hum

Wait.  What?  It’s almost Christmas?  Seriously if it weren’t for Facebook and the commercials that play when I watch TV shows using an American proxy server, I’d never even know it.  Well that’s not entirely true.  Here they decorate New … Continue reading

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Rich Country Poor Country

It’s amazing to me how sometimes living here feels so normal and Amerika gibi (America-like) and then at other times how vastly different it can be.  There are moments when I look around and think, “this could be America” and then … Continue reading

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Just Married!

On 11-11-11, I married my best friend in the world and I couldn’t be happier! To be honest, as far as day-to-day life goes nothing has really changed other than my last name, and now I have health insurance again … Continue reading

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I love the food here, and my busting-at-the-seams jeans are proof of that.  It’s amazing though, the things that one misses when living abroad.  I’d been having insane cravings for oatmeal for weeks.  It is sold here, but I was … Continue reading

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted…again. We’ve been working, working, working, and working. Trying to take advantage of a few free hours here and there, but it’s busy season and busy season means work. Is it October yet? I’d … Continue reading

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Americans are known for being over-scheduled and running themselves ragged.  There are never enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do…  get a reasonable amount of sleep, commute to and from work, work, attempt to fit … Continue reading

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Ok, it’s Turkey in July, of course it’s hot…this is a little much though.  Even our bird is panting!  I’ll start this by saying that I actually love the heat.  At home, I’d leave the refrigerator that was my office … Continue reading

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We’re trapped!

Ok, so  maybe that’s a little melodramatic.  Right now, Mustafa and I are stuck in our bedroom?  Why??  Because the rest of our house reeks! In Turkey, it’s considered improper to wear shoes in the home – your own house … Continue reading

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