Category Archives: Family

The silver lining

It’s been over 6 months since we had to flee Turkey as the post-coup crackdown started to affect foreign staff who worked for the universities closed down after the coup. When I first arrived, still in shock over how abruptly … Continue reading

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US Trip Part 3: Oregon Beach House

On Tuesday morning, I was sitting in possibly the best living room in the world, not minding if we spent the whole day there, when somebody mentioned shopping.

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US Trip Part 2: Oregon Family Time

I accomplished so many firsts on this trip. A lot of them were to do with food (I might have to do a separate blog post about just the food) and quite a few were to do with wildlife. I … Continue reading

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And then she cooked us borsch and reorganized the linen drawer

Isn’t this that all (or at least most) moms do when they visit their children? Even if the said children are 30-year old married English teachers. Yep, my momma visited me from Russia and it was wonderful! (Except for when … Continue reading

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Down in the undeground. Kaymakli Undeground City, Cappadocia

Along with hot air balloons,  underground cities are another sight eponymous with Cappadocia. In fact, there are even underground cities here in Kayseri. There’s one in old Talas, really close to where we live and one recently discovered – under … Continue reading

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Summer road trip part 2. Çıralı.

Thinking back, a road trip was a great way to start Michael’s parents Colleen and Ted’s stay with us. Extended time on the road and evening sitting around a dinner table at various seaside cafes gave us lots of time … Continue reading

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Summer road trip part 1. Side and Phaselis.

We were on a mission – to show Michael’s parents, who came to stay with us for a few weeks, some Turkey, including one of our favorite places here – Çıralı. Now judging from this photo you might think we … Continue reading

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My brave in-laws

It seems that Michael’s parents always have to brave extreme weather conditions to visit their son. The first time they visited him, it was for our wedding. In Siberia, Russia. In winter. When the average temperature was around -32C (-25F). … Continue reading

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Shop til you drop

Sometimes we get so bored, we do grocery shopping for fun. Sometime we go one step further and shop for household items to entertain ourselves. We once made a day of shopping for pillows and bed linen in preparation for … Continue reading

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Siberia in winter, or one week at home

I had never visited home just for a week. Also, I had never had two homes before, that is, homes in two different countries. I`m still calling Novosibirsk, the city in Russia where I was born and lived for 20 … Continue reading

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