Category Archives: Turkey

Goodbye, Turkey!

I could hear his end of the conversation and I heard him saying “Oh, they are here now? Oh dear!”.  He ended the call, turned to me and said, “We have to leave, NOW!” To the bewilderment of the visa … Continue reading

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Hello from the other side

My name is Yulia and it has been 9 months 6 days since my last blog post. Not quite a year but definitely a long time – and I stopped blogging right in the middle of describing our epic trip … Continue reading

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Home new home

It all started one fine Saturday morning, when Mike and I went on a drive and a walk. As we drove up into the hills of old Talas, Mike remarked that one of his colleagues was renting a house nearby … Continue reading

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Onwards and upwards

I’ve noticed that I tend to blog mostly about positive things. I do want to be more positive and less grumpy in general, so I guess that’s a good thing. However, this meant I haven’t felt like blogging for a … Continue reading

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Çiğ köfte party

With our first quarter coming to an end, my students and I realized it’s nearly time to say good bye. Nobody knows what our schedules will look like next quarter and whether I`ll be teaching any of the same students … Continue reading

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Lazy Cappadocia Trip on Republic Day

One thing I loved about living in Russia was how many public holidays there were. Around 10 days for New Year, 5-7 days for May holidays (Labor Day and Victory Day), and then a few one-day holidays sprinkled throughout the … 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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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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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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Flying over Cappadocia

Hot air balloon flights and Cappadocia go together like… hummus and carrot sticks? I was going to write apple pie and ice-cream, but decided to go for a healthier option. Yes, early in the morning hot air balloons are everywhere … Continue reading

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