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Nov.09.2011
Eski Cami interior Edirne, 8/11/2011 —  Today as our bare feet padded on the thick carpet of Edirne's Old Mosque — the Eski Cami — and we looked up at its wide dome and laterally to the passionate calligraphy calling out from the walls,  I thought again of the verses of the only Sufi...
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Nov.09.2011
Edirne, 7/11/2011 — It has been cloudy and chilly in this dusty city where Turkey's Thracian province reaches out to touch Bulgaria and Greece, a quiet day, the second day of the Kurban Bayramı or "Festival of the Sacrifice," and many businesses are closed. Merely by looking at a map, even...
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Nov.09.2011
Istanbul, 6/11/ 2011 – We love this city, and since we had already seen the top 3-day tourist attractions on previous visits (Hagia Sophia, Topkapı, etc.) and since we're spending more than a week here (of the 3 we're devoting to exploring Turkey) we feel free to stroll around, take the feribot...
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Nov.09.2011
Istanbul, 1/11/2011 — We are in Sultanahmet in İstanbul now, at 6:30 pm Salı (Tuesday) and the muezzin is calling out from the Blue and other mosques. Despite this medieval throwback (amplified by 21st century loudspeaker technology), this is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and populated...
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Nov.09.2011
Madrid, 10/21/2011 — "We're heading for Turkey," is what that says. We leave from Madrid on Tuesday, first for a week in the towns and villages of the Kurdish region in southeastern Anatolia (Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Nemrut, Yuvacali), some of the time staying in villagers' homes. I probably won...
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Oct.05.2011
  Two days ago I arrived in Istanbul and, after checking on to the ship,  headed off for the highly-recommended Four Seasons hotel to have a drink on at their rooftop restaurant across from the Hagia Sophia mosque, close to the Blue mosque, with a view to the Bosporus.  Quite the...
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Sep.13.2011
I’ve never been to Turkey or Israel.  This fall we're taking a cruise that rectrifies that, starting in Istanbul and ending in Barcelona.  Here’s the itinerary: Oct 01  Istanbul, Turkey Oct 02  Istanbul, Turkey Oct 03 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Oct 04 Patmos,...
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Aug.31.2011
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. Penguin, 2008. A 19-year-old Turkish Istanbuli girl oblivious to the past and nearly suffocated by her overdevoted relatives, meets a 19-year-old Armenian-American girl obsessed by the past and nearly suffocated by her overdevoted relatives; the first...
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Apr.20.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN What comes after cultural disenfranchisement? After Expat Harem, the book? After expat+HAREM, the community site? I chart the evolution of my own global niche, along with expat+HAREM's spin-off project: Globalniche.net. When I moved to Turkey in 2003, the plan was to write a...
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Mar.28.2011
I once opened a can of e-book whoop-ass on Stephen King. “No interactivity, no extra benefit for readers!” I scolded the usually imaginative novelist back in the go-go days of Y2K. From my desk on New York’s Silicon Alley where I had the publishing beat at an internet industry magazine, King’s self...