Category Archives: Vacation

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. Advertisements

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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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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 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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Oldie but goodie

I was trying to find a password for something and looking in all my email accounts when I came across an old email about blog stats. My blog stats. I totally forgot that 5 years ago I started another blog … 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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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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Take me back to Constantinopole (part 2)

If you did as I suggested and listened to the song about Istanbul, it should be playing in your head right now. I know it is playing on a constant loop in mine.

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Istanbul not Constantinopole (part 1)

Now that I wrote that title, the song is stuck in my head. So before you read the post,  watch this video so that it gets stuck in your head, too.

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