A Myriad of Thoughts

A Myriad of Thoughts

My nephew, Jonathan, arrived on Wednesday afternoon and stayed until early Monday morning. It was fun showing him around. We made some new discoveries, including a lovely little church from the 1300s located right by the Istanbul city walls that were built in the 3rd century AD by the Emperor Theodosius. The church glitters with highly expressive mosaic panels. We visited the Hagia Sophia, perhaps Istanbul’s most famous tourist site,…

Being New in a Foreign Country

Being New in a Foreign Country

June 22, 2010 Day Three here. Arrived on Sunday, and within an hour and a half, Sankar and I were at the downstairs neighbors’ apartment for tea. Seme and Pinar are a couple about our age, and had run into Sankar and extended the invitation earlier in the week. Meeting them so soon answers my question about friendliness and helps me feel optimistic about life here. My first day was…

What to Consider Before Moving Overseas

What to Consider Before Moving Overseas

June 16, 2010 With less than three days until takeoff, I’m not thinking in complete sentences, thus another list. Here are some things that are worrying me today, in no special order: Will I get to know my Turkish neighbors? Apartment hunting last January in Istanbul, Sankar and I took advantage of a generous 3M housing allowance, choosing a place that featured a Bosphorus view and several guest rooms. The…

We’re Moving to Turkey!

We’re Moving to Turkey!

What I knew about Turkey on December 12, 2010 : . . . that Turkey is a member of NATO. . . . that the ancient ruins of Ephesus are located there. . . . that friends who visited Turkey seemed to like it, and one even said the country was quite clean. . . . that Turkey had a leader named Ataturk (I was confused about how his name…