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Come With Us: Turkey

By on July 22, 2016

From Oct 13, 2012 to Dec 17, 2012:
106 days of #vanlife
We left Bulgaria with the idea of going to Istanbul. We both had kind of vague notions of an…

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We Were Tourists in Istanbul, Finally*

By on December 16, 2012

We were tourists in Istanbul, finally, at the end of our 2+ month stay. We decided to visit the most popular sites to see what all of the hubbub…

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In the Mood for Food?

By on December 9, 2012

I know it must seem we’re perpetually adding projects to our roster, but it’s really quite simple: I write, Armando films. What we’re doing at the moment is combining…

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Break on Through to the Other Side

By on November 29, 2012

I’ve just had a meeting on the east coast, actually the Asian side of Istanbul, which changed- made- my day. On the other side.
I had an appointment with Hasan…

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Food Is the Word

By on November 27, 2012

Food is one of the more important aspects of living abroad.

There truly is no way of expressing how delicious comfort food is, or the delicacy in being in a…

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Scarfage, So Misunderstood: Women Who Wear Scarves

By on November 16, 2012

The hijab is an integral part of any Muslim culture, and from a Western viewpoint it can be easily- badly- judged. It’s something that I’m trying to educate myself…

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Birthday Non-Woes in Istanbul

By on November 15, 2012

It’s true, another year has expired with me in its circumference. I’m not complaining, in the least. This is how I spent my birthday in Istanbul.

I have a gorgeous…

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At Your Service: Deliveries in Istanbul

By on November 13, 2012

The service industry in Turkey comes in the expected forms, i.e. waiters, but they add a significant twist: the delivery.
We’ve tried (and failed) to find something in Istanbul that…

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Cats in Istanbul (Catstantinople)

By on November 10, 2012

We can’t possibly ignore the second-highest population of Istanbul: the cats.
If we thought Plovdiv had an affection for the felines, they have absolutely nothing on Istanbullus (yep, just learned…

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Truly Interesting Facts about Turkey

By on November 9, 2012

I’m a sucker for useless information. It actually makes me happy to know that a blue whale’s tongue weighs more than the average elephant.
Which of course led me…

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Foreign and Female in Istanbul, Turkey

By on November 6, 2012

We all think we have a brilliant sense of humor, but I think mine has been getting a workout lately. It’s a matter of being an American female in…

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Chillout Hostel in Beyoglu Istanbul

By on November 5, 2012

We spend an inordinate amount of time in the Chillout Hostel (now closed, sadly**),a great Istanbul Hostel to check out (Halas Street, No. 3 Taksim) Cengo, not the group-floor Chillout….

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How to Fish in Istanbul

By on November 2, 2012

‘Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a life time.’ -Ancient Chinese Saying
As you might not know, we…

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The Princes’ Islands: Heybeli Ada

By on October 26, 2012

The hostel is brilliant for not just exposing us to different people and lifestyles, but also for the great suggestions we get for what to do and see whilst…

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Turkish Police and Culture

By on October 26, 2012

Apologies for backtracking a wee bit, but I want to get back to some first impressions and Armando’s expected run-in with the Turkish police. Our first week we came…

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Our VW Westfalia Van Basics

By on October 16, 2012

Our neighborhood rocks. It rolls. It’s a constant surprise, as are our new neighbors in Istanbul. I’ve mentioned how we found the perfect parking spot, thanks to Nina.
After an…

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First Day in Istanbul: Selam

By on October 14, 2012

Our number one focus of our first day discovering Istanbul was to find a permanent parking space without having to pay.
We went back to Chillout Cengo** (the hostel offering…

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Welcome to Turkey: No Parking Allowed

By on October 13, 2012

It’s been a hectic few days, so I’ll try to be as succinct as I can.
We arrived* officially in Turkey after 5 checkpoints, an attempt at a vehicle…