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Turkey in 365 days

Turkey in 365 days

One year ago today, I disembarked Turkish Airlines Flight 10 at the then-new Istanbul Airport and set foot in Turkey, with my cat, Cleopatra, to fulfill a longtime dream of living abroad. My first evening in Istanbul foreshadowed a packed…

Turks warm-hearted, cold-blooded

Aboard the shuttle to the office, I turned back toward Yusif – the only other fluent English speaker on the bus – and smiled conspiratorially. “Yusif, look, I have my own air conditioner,” I said. I unfurled the black and…

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