Tag Archive: Expat Adventures

Jun 21

The summer migration to Gumusluk

After a barren winter with barely a sighting of another human life form in the neighbourhood for months, it has been exciting to see the influx of visitors arriving into their summer homes on our complex. They’re new arrivals for the season, in search of a respite from the heat of Turkish cities like Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.

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May 10

Interview with Author Ann Marie Mershon on “You must only to love them: Lessons Learned in Turkey”

Author Ann Marie Aershon Guest Blog Today we’re welcoming Guest Blogger Ann Marie Mershon, author of “You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey”.  In her new book, Ann Marie recounts her trials and joys as she adapted to life in Istanbul. Still smarting from a recent divorce, she decided to focus on a …

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Feb 22

Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul

Read about Lisa Morrow’s new book “Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul” and find out how your purchase can help Syrian refugees.

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Jan 23

Laurel and Hardy are Out of the Frame

Find out what happened when we invited Laurel and Hardy to fit our bathroom door jam and door. Nothing’s ever simple in Turkey!

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Jan 04

The Calm after the Storm in Bodrum

Little did we anticipate that the rain on our windscreen signalled the arrival of the armageddon-like weather that descended upon the Bodrum Peninsula as we slept soundly in our beds.

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Sep 13

Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber

Here’s my tried and tested SIMPLE recipe for Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber. It’s a creative way to incorporate this hot Turkish spice into a fresh and fruity salsa.

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Aug 20

5 Expat Blogs to give you Itchy Feet

Every now and then I like Roving the internet to find a fresh batch of Expat Blogs for you to discover. Here’s a summary of the Expat Blogs I stumbled across on my latest surfing expedition:

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Apr 20

In the Member’s Hotseat at We Love Memoirs

I’m in the Members hot seat at We Love Memoirs. One of the friendliest groups on Facebook

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Feb 26

Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay Book Review

Here’s my Review of Jennifer Barclay’s Falling in Honey, about her move from England to the Greek Island of Tilos.

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Oct 01

Exploring São Paulo’s Municipal Market

As soon as anyone I interacted with knew I was visiting the market, they encouraged me to visit the Hocca Bar, a São Paulo tradition, which is original creator of the city’s famous codfish pastry (pastel de bacalhau) an iconic dish that’s part of São Paulo’s cultural heritage.

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Sep 01

Search Tips for your next Airline Ticket

Here’s some Search Tips for your next Airline Ticket. These should help you to reduce the costs of your next flight.

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Aug 25

Wrong Root from the Market

I picked up the wrong root at the Farmers Market. I went in search of Beets and got more than I bargained for…

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Aug 18

Britweek in Los Angeles

I ended up in Santa Monica one weekend, and stumbled across Brit Week. An Annual event when all good things from the UK are displayed and touted.

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Aug 12

Learning Pen & Ink Drawing with Alphonso Dunn

Introduction to the volume of videos featuring Drawing with Alphonso Dunn. Learn Pen & Ink Sketching with Alponso Dunn. He has created lots of free instructional videos on You Tube and I’ve included the links here.

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Jun 14

Roving Jay Fashion Prodigy

I have no idea why I touted this childhood memory from pillar to post until my late 20’s, and then left it to fester in the attic for another 20 years, but I had a good old trip down memory lane as I relived my foray into fashion design.

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May 01

True Blue Madonna for a day

I loved the Madonna look in True Blue’s Papa Don’t Preach. So when I left a relationship I cut my hair into a True Blue Cut of my own. It took nearly a decade for this decision to pay off.

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Feb 02

Long Beach & Izmir Sister City Event

Read about the Community Event held in Long Beach to celebrate the Sister City Alliance between Long Beach & Izmir in Turkey. Eclectic mix of people & a macaw as well as delicious food & good music.

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Jan 19

Mar Vista Farmers Market: January 19th

A trip to the Farmers Market in Mar Vista to see what fresh produce is in season – I found lots of citrus, and an odd looking cauliflower.

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Dec 17

Forget the Turkey. Order a Goat!

I’m trying to reduce the amount of crap I purchase. Let’s face it, around this time of year between Black Friday and the January Sales needless commercialism and excessive spending run rampant. One of the impacts of this new zen approach is the difficulty I’ve encountered while searching to find the ideal Christmas gifts for some co-workers.

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Dec 04

Expat Blog Carnival #5: Royalty

This is the fifth edition of my Expat Blog Carnival. This is a collection of all the best Expat blog content on the web. This edition has a theme of “royalty”

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Dec 01

Santa Monica and Bodrum becoming sisters

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association has reached out to Bodrum to request a Sister City alignment. Find out more about this partnership, and how I have been blazing the trail of Citizenship Diplomacy for years.

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Nov 24

Sunny Blue Rice Balls

Sunny Blue Rice Balls You usually have to travel to a foreign country to encounter a new dish that captures your taste buds and imagination, but yesterday I stumbled upon a narrow little hole in the wall called Sunny Blue along Venice’s Main Street. “First Omusubi Store in Southern California”, caught my attention, and at first …

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Sep 28

Consignment & Resale in Los Angeles

Resale and Consignment shops are popping up all over, and there’s a good selection in the West Side of Los Angeles, California. Check them out in Mar Vista.

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Sep 14

WordCamp LA 2013

For those of you who haven’t heard of these events before, they’re like the WordPress equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous. In short, it’s a WordPress meet up for WordPress addicts, to talk about WordPress, breath about WordPress and drool over WordPress … oh, and to share information and insights about this open source platform with other addicts.

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Sep 11

My Expat Author Interview with Blog Expat

Excerpt from my Author Interview at Blog Expat: I survived the Moonies, and vowed to myself I’d return to the States one day. Back home, I met and fell in love with London, and enjoyed a long, fruitful and gloriously eventful relationship with that fabulous city.

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Sep 07

UK State Pensions for Expat’s Aboard

How much UK State Pension are you eligible for? Find out how to get your pension statement from the government to get an estimation of what your National Insurance Contributions will cover you for. Did you know you can contribute make-up contributions to cover missing years?

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Sep 04

#1 WordPress Plugin for Managing your Blog Posts

One of the most valuable tools for managing your Blog Post schedule is a Posts Calendar. If you’re using Wordpress I’d recommend this plugin for scheduling.

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Sep 01

Expat Blog Carnival #3: Stereotyping

This is the third edition of my Expat Blog Carnival. This is a collection of all the best Expat blog content on the web. This edition has a theme of “expat stereotyping”

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Aug 21

Maternity, Paternity, Techernity

We need a new employment law which gives people Techernity Leave when they buy a new piece of Technology. My computer is my new bundle of joy, so it should have the same rights as any other new arrival.

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Aug 06

Introducing the Members of Slade

Who were the members of Slade? My article about a trip down memory lane with Slade received lots of Twitter momentum so I obviously touched reminiscent nerve. I went in search of another slice of Slade and found these beermat designs (which were done for a Sladefest) created by David Parkins and Carl Flint. I think the …

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