40 days and 40 nights. 40 is a magical biblical number. It is also the same duration as my business trip to London. “A 40-something time period, whether days, months, or years is ALWAYS a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement”
England is synonymous with rain. It’s the reason I left. That – and the cold. Living in LA is appealing because of the sunshine – but it isn’t complete Nirvana. We do get 2 weeks of rain a year – and at the moment, we’re experiencing one of those weeks. It’s such a novelty, that …View full post
When did the new road signs appear in the Gümüşlük area? It’s been over a year since we visited our house, and we got a nice surprise when we arrived. We now know where we live! When we bought the house it had a bright blue number painted, graffiti style, on the side of it. …View full post
I had an out-of-state experience yesterday. I spent 2 years living in Manhattan, and have many vivid memories of my early days there – visiting a deli to order a bagel and coffee – and being intimidated by the frenetic pace and quick fire questions of the counter staff. The get-’em-in get-’em-out – “wadda-u-want?” approach to customer service …View full post
Daily Chart in the November edition of the Economist. The Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics surveyed 150 worldwide metropolitan area’s. The Chart shows that Istanbul has achieved the highest margin for Employment and Income growth for the year. This is the cherry on the cake for the 2010 European Capital of Culture.View full post
Day of Rest After a lazy start to the day, we headed over to the Bodrum Otogar to catch a dolmüş to Gümüşlük. The bus station was stifling and noisy, but we only had a 10 minutes wait for the next bus to leave. It went screeching along the straights and racing up the hills, accompanied …View full post
Week One of Young Storytellers. Arrived at the school to begin the creative process with the kids. It was easy to tell which participants had the after effects of a lunchtime sugar rush. The volunteers stood around patiently. The kids didn’t. We stood in a circle. First up was introductions, and a round robin of …View full post
When I arrived at school for week 3 – Touche was outside the principals office. I warned him that if he was late to Storytellers, he’d have to do the Chicken Dance – and then I promptly gave him a demo of my version. Touche’s hopes of remaining as unobtrusive as possible were dashed, as …View full post
One of life’s mysteries of being an Expat in America, is the fervant celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! On March 17th every year, anyone who has ever been within 500 yards of a pint glass with a Guinness logo on it - anoints themselves with Irish heritage – and jumps feet first into celebrating their Patron Saint Day. Even though . …View full post
How many times have you been with friends, and somebody new has joined the group? Favourite stories are recounted; one’s you’d forgotten about rise to the surface like the cream of the crop; and out of the blue, fresh tales are uncovered.
That’s what it felt like when I was devouring Jack Scott’s latest book “Turkey the Raw Guide”.
Religious Focal Point It’s walking distance from Liberdade to the Cathedral da Se. The great thing about Cathedrals is they make great landmarks. Sao Paulo is a city full of high rises, and it’s difficult to get your bearings, but a spire is easy to spot – and when there’s two talls ones to head for, …
Sunday Sightseeing It’s Sunday, and I keep hearing about the fabulous markets in São Paulo. I’m tired from my flight, but I’m determined to make the most of my time here. So after a quick change of clothes, I grab my camera and head out into the great unknown. Little Japan I’ve lost count of the …
Istanbul Sights The vivid yellow hue of the zucchini blossoms in my last article, inspired me to create this photo essay. I was looking through my Istanbul photo collection, and suddenly I started noticing specific colour elements in them. I left those elements in their original colour, and turned everything else to black and white. …
Canary Yellow Blossoms Stuffed, Baked and Eaten! It all started with a trip to our local farmers market where a stall holder was selling a bag of bright yellow zucchini blossoms for $2. I’d only just travelled back from Turkey, where stuffed zuchinni blossoms are a popular Meze served at the local restaurants, so with …
Not a Draw Bridge – but it draws you to it I think the Galata Bridge has magical magnetic powers. After spending 5 days in Istanbul, I lost count of the number of times we ended up walking near or across this bridge. It’s the main pedestrian artery between the two sides of European Istanbul …
Scanning When was the last time you read a web page word for word? Your audience probably doesn’t reach web pages this way either. Instead, they’ll scan the page, picking out individual words and sentences that interest them. If you don’t capture your audiences attention, they’ll navigate away from the page, or worse still, move to another site …
Bloggers Toolkit Google Alerts are an invaluable element of a Bloggers Toolkit. Rather than spending hours searching for your niche content, the results of your searches can be delivered to your inbox on a regular basis. There’s 3 main reason I use Google Alerts: Google Alerts to expand my subject matter expertise Google Alerts to find other …
I yearned for the Good Life, but somehow I’ve morphed into Margo Leadbetter. Shiny car, Corporate Castle. What’s needed is a couple of chickens and a sustainable lifestyle.
Inspiration for Creating your Mind Map Mind Maps are as individual as the person who creates them. But all of them have the following in common: Tips for creating a Mind Map: Put your main idea in the center of the paper Use single strong words or short & meaningful phrases Use colors, shapes or …
Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher, and she’s graciously allowed me to feature her watercolour over on my Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide site.
The theme for Round #38 of Photo Roulette is SUNSHINE. Nomadbiba is hosting this week’s Travel Photo Roulette! The Travel Photo Roulette was started in November 2010 by Jeremy from LivingTheDream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their best photography. For each round a new theme is chosen, and independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos. …
17 Mile Drive This famed circuit in the Monterey bay, is made up of sweeping California Coastline, Pine Forests and more than a golf course of two. The pinnacle of the golf course collection is Pebble Beach, and although Red’s knee injury has thwarted his golf game – he still has enough game to swing a …
December to March is a mesmerizing opportunity to observe this rookery of Elephant Seals giving birth to a new generations of pups.