Ankara Journals

A Greenhorn in Ankara

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A travel journal to Ankara by TianjinPaul

At the Game Photo, Ankara, Turkey More Photos
Quote: Ankara from the perspective of someone totally new, who speaks no Turkish.

Ankara Best Hotel

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Hotel | "Simply the ..."

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I decided to go to Ankara to spend the weekend with my girlfriend. I had planned to stay at one of the mid-range chain hotels in the city - the Ramada or Best Western for example. However, due to the fact that I was arriving on a Saturday evening and because of my procrastination over actually getting around to booking a room, I was left disappointed as most of my choices were full. This left me looking for other options. From the online reviews and from the price available (145 TL, which is around 200USD), the best of these seemed to be Hotel Best - as its name would suggest. Had I been heading to a hotel operated by a large international chain, I would have felt sure of the levels of both service an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2010

Ankara Best Hotel
ATATURK BULVARI 195 KAVAKLIDER
Ankara, Turkey 06680
11-90-312-467-0880

Mao and Ataturk

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During my time in China, there were countless aspects of the culture that inspired, intrigued and amazed me. There was, though, one particular facet of the nation's psyche that simply rendered me speechless, the reverence for Mao Zedong. It astounded me how easy it was to buy a framed picture of the Great Helmsman, it left me dumbfounded that his face adorned almost every bank note and I simply could not grasp why the majority of Chinese citizens still saw him as a figure to be revered and adored rather than hated and decried. When I visited his mausoleum in the middle of Tiananmen Square, the line to get in stretched for kilometres. I found myself having to battle back the urge to ask the...Read More

Quick China Makisushi

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Restaurant | "Not the Real Thing, but not Bad"

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As you nay have noticed from my other reviews and journals, between 2006 and the start of 2010, I lived in China. After, four fabulous years, I made one of the wrenching decisions of my life and decided to take a job in Turkey. It was a big change. I had been acclimatized to China, I was comfortable with the culture and spoke some of the language. Then, suddenly, I was immersed in a new culture about which I knew very little. I knew none of the language - when I touched down in Ankara I literally did not know a single word - and I had no friends there. Naturally, this made life a little difficult at first.To help me feel a little at home, one of my colleagues was nice enough to invite me t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2010

Quick China Makisushi
Ugur Mumcu'nun Sokagı, 64
Ankara, Turkey

Mezzaluna

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Restaurant | "Impressive Food, Imposing Prices"

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The preface to my dinner at Messaluna is that I had been in Ankara for just a few weeks, but I was keen to impress a dark haired local beauty on Valentine's weekend. With my knowledge of local eateries limited to Burger King and kebab joints, I asked her for recommendations on somewhere that would be classy and romantic. She recommended Messaluna, one of Ankara's best known Italian restaurants.Situated in the hills above Tunili - one of Ankara's plushest areas - Messaluna makes an instant impression on diners. We entered through the garden terrace and were met by a dining decorated in marble and rich wood paneling. The staff are impeccably turned out and are unbelievably courteous and help...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2010

Mezzaluna
Turan Emeksiz
Ankara, Turkey

Meeting Galatasaray

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At the Game Photo, Ankara, Turkey
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When I told my friends that I was moving to Turkey, almost everyone one of them congratulated me on the move, before quickly moving the subject onto football and the rather frightening reputation of the Turkish fans. They would refer to the giant banner inscribed with the words 'Welcome to Hell' unfurled by Galatasaray fans to welcome visiting English teams and, of course, they would mention the fate of two Leeds United fans who were stabbed in a fight in central Istanbul when the two teams met in the UEFA Cup around ten years ago.Since I left the UK in 2004, I have lived in Mongolia, Korea and China. None of these are countries with too much footballing pedigree. Despite this, I went to g...Read More