Learning about Turkey the barbering way

That cab drivers are the best source of information for finding out about the real ‘in spots’ of your new location is a correct...

Eating out the Turkish way

Mercimek Corbasi? Sigara Borek? Adana Kofte?Plus a fine locally made beverage to accompany your delicious meal!  Does that perhaps sound familiar with regards to...

Close encounters of the 3rd kind? ‘Hayır’ – it’s your local politicians!

The other day I had the pleasure to do a mid-morning walk with one of the country’s leading mayors in his magnificent native city....

Ready to go native: three tell-tale signs

When a reader of another publication I contribute to recently added an online comment in the sense of that ‘Klaus has probably gone native’...

Is Turkey a better place to live in than Spain?

Whenever my generation about to leave school or before enrolling at college had saved enough money to go on a summer vacation...

Cliche: Karaoke is out! Reality: a perfect night out

All of a sudden there was silence. Conversations ended abruptly, the staff stopped serving tables. What could have possibly happened in that very fine...

Something old, new, borrowed, blue: first week in Turkey should do’s

Seriously – the first thing I did as a Turkey newcomer quite some time ago was something absolutely unexpected yet ultimately totally normal. I...

Turkish simit take London by gastro-storm

One of the staple diets of fine Turkish everyday food has just gone posh, at least in London. So what is on the menu?...

Holiday price ticker 2017: Turkey offers best costs/quality – ratio

The idea for this edition’s article was born on an intercity coach– on a very comfortable 2 + 1 seat coach as a matter...

2500 words in Turkish – are you ready?

The moment I visited my local open air market and was handed a packet with fresh mushrooms instead of mini dumplings – my originally...

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