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You Are Probably a Better Mom Than You Realize

The other day I was a little shocked by a comment a friend made to me. We were talking about the never ending commentary and endless suggestions that we encounter while strolling the town with our children. “Your child will get sick. She’s not warm enough!” “A part of her leg is showing. Surely she’ll […]

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You know you are a foreign kid being raised in Istanbul when…

1) Your mother speaks two languages: one for indoors, one for outdoors. 2) Your mother dresses you according to which friends you will see. Turkish friends: undershirt required. Anyone else: no undershirt. 3) You’ve heard your mother answer the following questions 2,347 times: Where are you from? How long have you been here? What do […]

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Istanbul Price is Right

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As a kid I watched an obscene amount of television. Ironic considering while shopping for furniture and appliances for our home here my husband and I didn’t stop for a second to consider a television. I suppose I managed to curb my television addiction at some point, but despite that I’m sure I’ve watched more […]

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Drink like a world traveler

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Not sure if it’s because she was born in Hungary, or because it doesn’t taste much different than her other love, ayran, but she sure does love kefir!

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Our Small Town in Maltepe

I’ve wondered if I could ever truly feel at home in a city of 17 million people. I’m not what I’d consider a city slicker, and the feel of a small town appeals to me. The hustle and bustle of Budapest was a bit much for me, and that’s a city of 2 million. However, […]

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