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03-22-15 - Macklemore

Turkish Haircut 2: Electric Boogaloo

Where to begin? Well, for starters, when I walked in the door post-haircut, Michelle started laughing. Then she didn’t stop laughing. Then she went for the camera while I went for the sink. (I won.) I haven’t seen her laugh like that in some time, actually. This was the result of the styling process which I didn’t ask for per se, but which I absolutely got. I looked like a low-rent Macklemore.

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I call it chaos, they call it home

I could try to use words to capture the nonstop chaos that permeates all aspects of life in Istanbul.

But instead, I’ll share this humorous video that compares everyday occurrences in Europe (or the U.S.) vs. in Turkey, from crossing the street to following smoking laws (or not) to navigating bureaucracy.

01-23-15 Tax Office

How To Get Cell Phone Service In Turkey

It is slightly more complicated in Turkey. In Turkey, you have to register your cell phone with the government or else the networks will recognize that you are using an unregistered SIM and kick you off.

Good news! It’s very easy to get your cell phone registered and get cell phone service in Turkey, provided you follow these easy steps:

1. Don’t.

01-18-15 tina you fat lard

Just Istanbul Things

Despite living in Turkey, I know very little Turkish. (If you’d like to know more about our language situation, check out “Linguistic Overload”) My knowledge of the Turkish words for palace, church, museum, and the like really don’t tend to help when at a supermarket faced with mystery meats. But as if I needed another […]