The singing guy

Living one street off of Istiklal means that I see all sorts of crazies. There was one lesson in school when we listened to “Imagine,” so I took it upon myself to teach the students about hippies and idealistic silly people. I had great fun with this. Where do hippies live in Istanbul? Taksim!What kind […]

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Birds

It was Friday and I needed spices. Next week I’m planning on hosting a Christmas party for the other English teachers in my flat and will make the Howard family mulled wine recipe. I’ve been searching Istanbul for the various ingredients. Finding any red wine that wasn’t dry was difficult. Next up I needed to […]

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Konya

I’ve been dabbling in reading Rumi for the past year or so. In my time here in Istanbul, I’d like to travel to different parts of the country, so a journey to Konya, where Rumi lived and is buried, made sense. I learned a while ago that every year there is a ten day festival […]

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The internet connection

Anyone who has traveled to a different place loves to share good stories of bureaucratic nonsense. Horror stories of the post office or dealing with the immigration process are always a popular topics for commiseration laughter amongst those in the know. Hungarian friends of mine told me about when they lived in California for a […]

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Graham’s Jeans

Graham’s doing his traveling like I did mine last year and only brought one pair of jeans with him. Every couple of months when they’ve become too filthy you break down and wash them. But they’re fine otherwise. When they get too smelly, you just go to a smoky pub and they will smell like […]

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Bursa and Uludağ

Older brother Graham came to visit me. He’s been wandering around for around 3 months, and his last month will be with me in Istanbul. I had last week off of classes so we departed Istanbul and headed to Bursa for the weekend. This is the first holiday I’ve had since starting work here, so […]

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Ibrahim

About a week ago, I was taking the metro, on my way to my Turkish lessons after work. I had been conversing with another teacher about other cities we’d like to live in, or maybe we were talking about places we’d like to go for our Bayram holidays, I’m not sure. For whatever reason, I’d […]

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