Category Archives: Out and about

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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Bullet point update

Several people have recently told me that they have read and enjoyed my blog. When this happens I feel a rush of joy but also a pang of guilt because I haven’t written for a while.  There two main reasons … 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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Discovering Cappadocia, or a trip of friendship

Cappadocia is probably one of the most visited places in Turkey so it is weird how we hadn’t been there in the 6 months that we have been living in Kayseri, considering it’s a little more than one-hour drive away. … Continue reading

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Winter in Kayseri

The winter came to Kayseri quite suddenly. This was November 1st, the time of year in Siberia when you are already wading knee-deep through snow or at the very least through cold muddy puddles:

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Mountain monkeys

Every morning we see a snow-capped peak of mount Erciyes. In fact, it can be seen from almost every point of the city.In the photo it’s to the right of mount Ali.

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Turkey is all about bread. And breakfast buffets. And markets.

So the other day our doorbell rings at 7 a.m. We were already up since we both get up around 6.30-6.45 (I know! And we go to bed around 10 p.m.!). When I opened the door, it was our kapıcı … Continue reading

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Kayseri: welcome to a real Turkish town

Here in Talas, surrounded by newly built high-rises, we could be anywhere in the world (except for the a-la Turka toilet which basically is squat potty and which we keep locked at all times and use our regular bathroom).  So … Continue reading

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Kayseri after 3 weeks

Here are some facts about  and impression of Kayseri so far: 1. Kayseri is one of the most conservative cities in Turkey. This means no beer with your kebab as alcohol is not served in restaurants, there are no pubs … Continue reading

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Rants and praises

This seems silly now (not the least because the problem was solved), but I was really worked up yesterday about our Internet. People who have been here longer than us keep telling us that things always take forever here, so … Continue reading

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