What does it mean to be a teacher in Turkey? Is it the same experience as teaching in Western countries like England or Australia? Having spent my teenage years in Australia, in a fairly tough suburban Government school, I vowed never to become a school teacher. It was an era of cultural change … [Read more...] about Being a teacher in Turkey
The Turkish art of Ebru (paper marbling) is the art of creating colourful patterns by sprinkling and brushing colour pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper. Whilst there are many variations of the Ebru art form, the traditional floral designs are instantly … [Read more...] about Turkish Ebru – Let yourself be silently drawn
If you want to make new Turkish friends, learning to play Tavla (backgammon) and Okey is a great idea. Board games can be seen everywhere in Turkey - in cafes, tea-houses, restaurants, in the parks and gardens, at the markets. How nice to see not just kids, but also teens and adults … [Read more...] about Tavla and Okey – not just for the kids
Having worked in hospitals (Australia) for several years I’m accustomed to the concept of extreme hygiene. I’d have to say, Turkish hygiene comes a close second to the world of medical purity. A Turkish friendship is a lesson in cleanliness. Shoes off at the front door and into the house … [Read more...] about Turkish Hygiene – Dirty, dirty. Not good.
To share tea and bright conversation with a Turkish friend is one of life’s great joys. The simple act of its preparation brings the sense of calm and familiarity upon which great friendships are built, stories shared, and occasions celebrated. All the elements of this familiar and reassuring ritual … [Read more...] about Turkish Tea – Friends for Life