Monthly Archives: April 2013

In praise of the Dive Bar

Maybe because Agent L comes from Baltimore, where there was a dive on almost every corner, and which is home to Plato’s dive bar, the Mt. Royal Tavern, she has a fondness for dark, dirty holes to drink in. In … Continue reading

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Sh*t lady ex-pats on the Asian side say.

So this very charming blog was making the rounds earlier. I laughed out loud a few times, but found it a little Euro-centric. Neither I nor anyone I know, for instance, has ever, ever said “Shall we meet- is Cihangir … Continue reading

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Istanbul Potty Dance

So for some reason- perhaps in an attempt to save money on bills? save the environment? nah, definitely not the latter in this city- the lights in public bathrooms are set on motion detecting timers. But the timers are set … Continue reading

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Things to do in Kadikoy on a Lazy Sunday

I confess to being somewhat of a neighborhood snob. There are two basic kinds of ex-pats- those who do not realize that there is an Istanbul worth living in outside of Cihangir, and those who realize that there is an … Continue reading

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So… whaddya gonna do for your H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! ?

From MM- whaddya gonna do for your  H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y  ! ! ! ? To MM- I’m gonna try to sleep in, but fail miserably, and give up and … Continue reading

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Blarney

So Zeplin is a great bar that just recently opened in Kadiköy. They’re great for a number of reasons but chief among them is they have BEER. And, like, real beer, not the poison swill Effes or the bland, underachieving … Continue reading

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Child Safety, and Setting Good Examples.

I was having lunch with a friend at Humeriye yesterday, (great little cafe close to the fish market in Kadiköy, btw. They have a huge porch with lots of tables right out front, and the people watching doesn’t get much … Continue reading

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Girl Love

So I’ve posted before about the importance of friendship for an ex-pat.  I want to take a minute and reflect on how lucky I am. I just had a couple beers on some rocks by the Bosporus as the sun … Continue reading

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On Traumatizing Young Men

There’s a kind of direct bluntness to this culture that can be offputting to someone like myself who grew up in a very indirect culture, and which, when mixed with the callowness of youth, as it were, can be downright … Continue reading

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Real Expat Life

  Big B and I were scrolling through a list of the best cafes  in Sultanahmet last night. “Great restaurants on this list,” he mused. “When was the last time you were in Sultanahmet?” I scofffed. He shrugged and muttered … Continue reading

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