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And Now for the Turkish/Kurdish View from Denmark

She came and sat down next to me in the hotel restaurant (I could never sit there alone for long) and said that she spoke three languages: Kurdish, Turkish … and Danish.  She knew the occasional English word, but not … Continue reading

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Bitlis: Musings on street scenes, conversations at the tea house

When I checked into the Dideban Hotel in Bitlis, not far from Lake Van, I realized that my sore throat had actually become a cold.  So, tea was the only thing for it.  Leaving the hotel, I strolled down the … Continue reading

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Germans in Turkey and Turks in Germany

 I was sitting in a waterfront restaurant in Sinop on the Black Sea coast when I heard a diner at the table behind me speaking a pretty reasonable facsimile of Turkish, after the waiter had addressed a few words to … Continue reading

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On the Road to Sinop, Without the Little Old Lady

The coast road from Amasra to Sinop on the Black Sea is beautiful, with mountains that rise up to 5,000 feet or so, clad in evergreen forests.  There are clouds resting on the mountain-tops, and the air is fresh and … Continue reading

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A Museum and a Schizophrenic in Amasra

“Amasra: it hides the sea’s song, mind’s burly voice and mermaids screams inside.  Well. It is unknown how much the God worked to make up this city.”  This piece of tortured prose — from the brochure they hand me at … Continue reading

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The Saga of the Cep Telefonu

Every Turk carries a cep telefonu.  Once you know that “cep” means pocket, you know what a cep telefonu is.  I happen to have one, but I needed a Turkish mobile phone carrier for my Android smart phone, of which … Continue reading

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