Category Archives: Yabancı life

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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Ramazan: A Guide for Infidels

I have friends at home who still think I have to wear a headscarf when I leave the house, and who are mildly alarmed at any story involving beer. I think these are the same friends who don’t know exactly … Continue reading

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The Glamorous, Glamorous Life of an ESL Teacher When Most of Her Co-Workers Are On Holiday

This is the third week in a row I have spent over fifty hours in the classroom. This week and next it’ll be an even 56 each.  This week is better than last though, because every afternoon I have exactly an … Continue reading

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Unwanted Guests/Help?

So this just happened: Came home from having a very civilized post-work drink and a half with Z, with tons of lovely conversation that involved neither IELTS nor teaching, but which covered (my favorite) books, (he likes Orhan Pamuk- red … Continue reading

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Bra Shopping in Istanbul

D’you know Turkish bra manufacturers think every lady is a B cup? True story. Considering some of the majestic, prow-like bosoms I’ve seen on matrons ’round here you’d think someone would’ve cottoned onto the fact that that is not the … Continue reading

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Dating Abroad.

Okay I have to say this article made me laugh out loud, as us oldsters like to actually spell out, with its complete lack of information. Oh, moving to a new country is easier with your family? Meet the L … Continue reading

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Cheap Eats For When You’re So Broke You Wake Up In The Middle of the Night Having Panic Attacks About Money

A year or two ago I read an article aimed at backpacker types about cheap eats in Istanbul that made me almost snort my discount ayran out my nose. I mean, they were recommending RESTAURANTS. Any backpacker worth his dreadlocks … Continue reading

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16 Signs You’ve Been In Turkey, Specifically In Kadiköy, Too Long

This super cute article was in Time Out this week, and we all know I do love co-opting people’s ideas and applying them to Kadiköy, so here is my version. (No one ever invites me over fro breakfast, btw. Is … Continue reading

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Eat, Drink Coffee, Read

So at the risk of giving you all enough information to triangulate the exact location of my apartment, I am now trebly or quadrupally or quintupally or hextuably blessed, something like that. (Why is spell check insisting those aren’t words? … Continue reading

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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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