Category Archives: Kadikoy

Continuing Adventures in Turkish Detainment

When we last left off, I’d been awoken in the middle of the night to have a cıgarette, and I thought, “this is my last cigarette for a while.” And I was right. I never quite caught how long cops … Continue reading

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Blue Shirts vs. Black Shirts: Continued Adventures in Detainment

I lied in the last post about jail. Sorry. Some events are getting hazy. I did not wake up to my lawyer. I woke up to a police officer shouting “Elizabeth!” with far too much joviality. “Dear God,” I thought. … Continue reading

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Once in Turkish Jail Is Never Enough!

It was after midnight when we got back to the Emniyet. “You are going to stay here for a few days,” my lawyer said gently. “Okay do they have a room or-” “No. You will be in the cell.” “I … Continue reading

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Çapulcu Fashion!

When Agent L goes rioting, she prefers slightly below the knee length dresses in breathable fabrics, a denim jacket or cardigan, and a pashmina to wrap around her face. Çapulcus in general do not seem to agree with my sartorial … Continue reading

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Ahmet Atakan Kadikoy Protest September 12: Holy Shit, the World’s Gone Mad

Last night’s protest kicked off early. I was apparently still napping when the march started, and I barely had time to shovel food into my face and change my dress and run to the bull before the marchers met up … Continue reading

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Ahmet Protests, Kadiköy, Take 2- Everything is Really Incredibly NOT Lovely

I woke up at around 2:30 feeling rather disoriented, number 1 because I was sleeping on the floor, (any sleep disorder specialists out there? This started about a year ago. Go to bed on bed, wake up on floor.) and … Continue reading

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Ahmet Protests, Kadiköy, Take 1- Everything is Lovely

  A boy who’d been hit in the head by a tear gas canister in Antakya died yesterday from his injuries. Despite the proliferation of a video showing the event on the internet, and despite the release of the autopsy … Continue reading

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The Power of Paint

One of the things I keep marveling at is the constant cleverness of Turkish protest. My Western friends are all convinced that the protests are dead, but they aren’t. They bubble up in lively and entertaining ways. Less gassy and … Continue reading

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A Day With Agent L

Warning- this post is a roller coaster of emotions. I am sleeping on a pallet on the floor because my huge apartment is currently stuffed with guests, and I couldn’t be happier. ZF managed all on her ownsome to come … Continue reading

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Summer Evenings in Kadiköy

I am now working fewer than 56 hours in a week! I have some evenings free! Friends are returning from their summers abroad and it’s swell to belly up to a table outside a bar and chat the night away, … Continue reading

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