Category Archives: Turkey

The NSA could not crack Tor

The National Security Agency (aka NSA or No Such Agency) sought to unmask users of Net-privacy tool Tor, according to a recent report in the Guardian newspaper. “The latest secret documents provided by Edward Snowden and published by the Guardian … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Leave a comment

About the turkey in Turkey

So what about the turkey in Turkey? I mean the bird of course. Turkeys have been raised in Turkey for quite a long time and they have become popular as a New Year celebration center piece. Villagers raise them commercially … Continue reading

Posted in Braindroppings, Turkey | Comments Off on About the turkey in Turkey

Philosophy

Give a man a fish… he eats for a day. Teach him to fish… he eats for life. Slap him with a fish… he’ll see why it’s a good idea to start fishing for himself. Build a man a fire… … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Leave a comment

Istanbul Palaces

There are many major and minor Istanbul Palaces in and around the city. This is only a brief overview of the largest and most famous of the Ottoman Palaces; Topkapı, Dolmabahçe, Cirağan, and Yıldız. For other minor palaces, this Timeline … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Leave a comment

Hamam Visit Etiquette

Hamam Visit Etiquette or A Visit to the Hamam many thanks to the author: sarıkanarya on the ThornTree Lonely Planet Forum. Turkish baths, the traditional hamam, were an integral part of life for many hundreds of years in Turkey. Not … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Driving A Car In Turkey

Driving a car in Turkey is not difficult if you are already an experienced driver. However, there are things in Turkey which are different. Before you rent or drive a car in Turkey, here are some suggestions and warnings.

Posted in Turkey | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Lycian Way Trail on the Med Coast of Turkey

The information on this page has been gathered from members of the Lonely Planet Thorntree Forum on Turkey, regional contacts and Kaş colleagues who have walked the trail and have shown they have experience with the Lycian Way Trail on … Continue reading

Posted in Lycia, Turkey | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Lycian Way Trail on the Med Coast of Turkey

Sacrifice Holiday in Turkey

I started to write this as a letter to a friend but decided instead to post it here. It is in response to a thread on a Lonely Planet forum regarding what, in Turkey, is called Kurban Bayramı (Sacrifice Holiday). … Continue reading

Posted in Braindroppings, Turkey | Tagged | 2 Comments

Hoyran of the Lycian League

From our village in Kaş, ancient ruins of Lycian and other cities are seemingly everywhere. In one easy day, a visitor can visit both Kyaenai and Hoyran and in the late afternoon have coffee, tea or something to eat at … Continue reading

Posted in Lycia, Turkey | Tagged | Comments Off on Hoyran of the Lycian League

Kyaneai of the Lycian League

Ancient Kyaneai was one of the Lycian League cities. Kyaneai (or Cyaneae in Greek) means “dark blue” and also “clashing rocks”, though nobody knows why it was so named or which meaning it is supposed to have. In ancient times … Continue reading

Posted in Lycia, Turkey | Tagged | Comments Off on Kyaneai of the Lycian League

Kayaköy “Ghost Town”

We Hobbits visited a place called Kayaköy (Kaya Village) and which some call Kayaköy “Ghost Town”. This village on the Lycian Coast near Fethiye was abandoned after the 1923 exchange of population between Greek Muslims and Ottoman (Greek) Orthodox Christians … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

No fear living in Turkey

I just wrote Fred another letter, he is going to get really angry if I do not leave him to his tequila and lime I fear… Fred, I just read your “Mexico Fades” article and in regard to your last … Continue reading

Posted in Braindroppings, Turkey | Tagged | Comments Off on No fear living in Turkey

Visa, not the credit card kind

On September 04, I renewed my visa and it was quite an interesting experience.

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Creative smokin’! (Beware it can also kill)

Turkish smokers are frequently clever and resourceful at avoiding the new nationwide smoking ban. For example take a look at this article which states in part:“Turks, including café owners, understand the reasoning behind it and support it, some have devised … Continue reading

Posted in Cigarettes, Turkey | Tagged , | Comments Off on Creative smokin’! (Beware it can also kill)

A “typical” day in Turkey?

Here was how our day went down on Friday, June 5, 2009, a day to go down in our little history of infamy. We were three days away from moving…

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Demonstrations in Turkey

Last week (April 2007) there was a large demonstration in both Ankara the capital and in Istanbul a few days later. They estimate both crowds to have been over a million maybe two. They were against any religious influence in … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

May Day in ole Stamboul

Well, yesterday (2007) was May Day in ole Stamboul and was also the 30th anniversary of a 1977 May Day demonstration in which over 30 people died as a result of a shooting and a stampede. As you can see … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Leave a comment

Did you know? Facts about Turkey

Living in Turkey is like the Wild Wild West with cell phones and the Internet. Opportunity knocks everywhere and almost everyone in the country hustles a living. They have to, their “safety net” is stitched pretty thin so if they … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

More thoughts about Turkey…

I read a lot about this country and if I lived here for the NEXT 60 years I would not “get it.” But I try to understand that the very things which make this place frustrating are also the most … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly

As if second hand smoke isn’t bad enough, we gotta put up with smoker’s throwaway butts, made of a NON-biodegradable material; cellulose plastic. I found this article “Cigarette Butts as Litter – Toxic as Well as Ugly” and quote below … Continue reading

Posted in Cigarettes, Turkey | Tagged , | Comments Off on Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly

Villagers, women, religion and politics

By law, Turkish women have the same rights enjoyed by women in the US or the EU. You will sometimes see in the cities, the symbols of the conservative Islamic communities, the black head to toe coverings of conservative or … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rhythms in the village

Turkish village people live their lives according to a very definite rhythm. As I was standing on our terrace this evening looking onto the village houses below, I noticed that all of their home fires started burning at about the … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Mustafa Amca Died

Mustafa Amca died today(February 1st, 2005), he was our “crazy neighbor” who put us through many tests to our patience and fought all of our attempts to be good neighbours. He was over 70 years old and had been under … Continue reading

Posted in Çukurbağ, Turkey | Tagged | Comments Off on Mustafa Amca Died

Doing the Turkish “limbo”

We live in a kind of strange limbo between the villagers and the lives we left behind. My wife was educated in Boğazıcı (Bosphorus) University, the oldest and still the most prestigious in Turkey. Besides Turkish, she speaks fluently two … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dawn, silence and the military

Dawn comes slowly to this valley, creeping over the hills like a villain in a cheap cowboy film, waiting to spring upon all us unsuspecting settlers waiting below. The quiet is deafening, I unplug the speakers on my computer because … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment

The sun shines on Turkey

The rain stopped for most of the day and the sun came out and we left the refuge of our village house for a bit of the “high life” in Kaş. During the off tourist season (winter) Kaş is actually … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged | Leave a comment