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I think I`ve been reading too many book series. The kind that have similar names for all of the books in the series, You know, as in Bared to You, Reflected in You, Entwined in You. Or Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant. … 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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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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How to survive in Kayseri

This post is about the things that helped us survive our first year in Kayseri. These things might not be specific to Kayseri, Turkey, although as a smaller conservative town it has its challenges.  The difficulties we faced were also … 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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