Dream: When I’d planned my move to Turkey, I’d always dreamed of living somewhere green and rustic, close to the earth, immersed in structures of rough-hewn wood and cosy kilim furnishings. A romantic notion fuelled by memories of wide-eyed travels through amazing rural places such as Safranbolu, … [Read more...] about Reality dawns on the Turkish pipe-dream?
I read a few articles on the subject of mobile phone registration in Turkey. Most of them suggested this needs to be done within 60 days or your phone gets locked. One Turkish friend advised that it’s now a 120 day limit (2018). I didn’t want to take the chance of losing my “lifeline” so decided to … [Read more...] about Registering a mobile phone in Turkey
In my time at Canakkale no one had mentioned the seaside village of Kilitbahir. Locals will ask you whether you’ve been to Troy, Gallipoli, Assos, and the islands of Bozcaada and Gokceada. They may even enquire whether you’ve mad the ferry crossing from Canakkale iskele to Eceabat and Kabatepe. But … [Read more...] about Kilitbahir by accident
I used Kamil Koc to make the trip from Canakkale to Istanbul. One airline, Onur Jet, offers flights to IST in certain days of the week, but I was interested to enjoy the scenery of this part of the country. There are so many centrally located bus and tour companies in Canakkale, near the … [Read more...] about Canakkale to Istanbul (Asian side) by bus
One week is such a short time to explore a new city. This was the challenging assignment as I stepped off the Kamil Koc bus from Istanbul. Bursa had been recommended to me as a classically Turkish city with less of the Western influence and attitudes which I’d encountered in Istanbul, Izmir … [Read more...] about Green Bursa – a very Turkish experience