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Ups and Downs:  Fat Cows and Confrontation 2

Ups and Downs: Fat Cows and Confrontation

Vicky and Mr P’s story of being conned continues: I have in fact skipped loads of chapters including the winter spent up in the village -22° and 30cm snow, blocked off from the world since our dirt track was snowed up, no money to buy coal or wood so holed...

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Ups and Downs: Complications 1

Ups and Downs: Complications

Installment #3 of Vicky’s story of Being Taken in Turkey: Frequently people in the village would make comments about Mehmet and our Turkish was not enough to understand “serefsiz” “saytan” but my German was enough to understand “aufpassen, aufpassen, aufpassen” (look out). I did think at the time this was...

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Ups and Downs: Rising Action 7

Ups and Downs: Rising Action

Here is Installment #2 of Vicky and Mr P’s move to Turkey from France–a move that was meant to see their dreams come true… ————————– Finally we arrive in our village where our good friend Mehmet has his hotel and where we now have our new home. It is dark,...

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Ups and Downs:  Setting Out 6

Ups and Downs: Setting Out

Since coming to Turkey, we’ve heard at least three really awful stories of real estate transactions gone bad.  In each case, these tales of being rooked have involved foreigners (even those married to Turks) attempting to buy property from Turks who see the outsiders as open wallets rather than warm...

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And the Song Birds Keep Singing 11

And the Song Birds Keep Singing

I haven’t bought many clothes this year, an announcement that will cause a dramatic jaw drop in anyone who’s ever seen my cart at TJ Maxx as I push it towards the fitting room. Partially, I haven’t bought many new additions to my wardrobe in the last nine months because it’s...

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Closer We Are to Pork 14

Closer We Are to Pork

Mmmmmmm. What I crave more than anything during this year in Turkey is something lusciously fatty, thoroughly smoked, noticeably aged–something that either snaps crisply or wobbles slightly when laid on a platter. Silly poppets:  no matter how many martinis you’ve had already today, do not err and peg the above as self-description.  Because then–oddly–you’d be...

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The Village People 11

The Village People

Sitting in an academic conference room, I served on the search committee that hired him as Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences. His scholarship on the writer Christopher Isherwood impressed me, as did his pragmatism and belief in the transformational power of education. Walking down the narrow, uneven street to...

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You Can Also Tune In To 4

You Can Also Tune In To

…the other blog I’m posting to this year:  http://layingfallow.com/turkeyblog/?p=916 If you don’t click over there, how else will you know what I did last weekend?

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Bella Donna 15

Bella Donna

I’ve been asking questions since we got to Turkey. Startlingly often, people have not been able to answer them.  Certainly, some people vamp a bit and try to drum up something that might satisfy; others drop open their yaps and carry on for several minutes before trailing off, looking sheepish...

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Don’t Mind the Gap 10

Don’t Mind the Gap

A little tip for those situations that might seem intimidating or beyond the boundaries of the comfort zone: As you eye the gap between here and there what you’ll find amazing is that the tools necessary to build a bridge are trifling maybe thirty words of common language– no grammar–...

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