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Stories and Tips Ankara

Mao and Ataturk

Written by TianjinPaul on 30 Mar, 2010

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…Read More


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Meeting Galatasaray

Written by TianjinPaul on 17 Feb, 2010

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…Read More


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On the Trail of the Grey Wolf

Written by Mutt on 09 Jun, 2009

Turkey’s first president Mustafa Kemel Atatürk left and indelible mark on the country that he founded with an all-pervasive cult of personality (akin to the of Comrade Lenin in the Soviet Union, Chairman Mao in China and Uncle Ho in Vietnam) and nowhere is this…Read More


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Kayseri: As Turkish As It Gets

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

As you drive east out of Cappadoccia, make sure to wave to the tour buses as they pass by, as this is the last you will see of them for a long time. Cappadoccia marks the Eastern frontier of tourist-market Turkey, a borderland between the…Read More


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Kayseri - Malatya: The Anatolian Steppe

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

The drive from Kayseri to Malatya may just be one of my favorite drives in all of Turkey. The road is a long and straight two lane highway that rolls along the Anatolian steppe surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains to the south and north. As…Read More


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Mt. Nemrut: More Than Just Gigantic Stone Heads

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

When it comes to historical landmarks, Turkey is hard to beat. Ephesus, Haghia Sophia, Cappadoccia, Pergamum, Topkapi I would gladly trade all of them for Nemrut Dag. You can see Roman ruins all over the Mediterranean, you can see as impressive mosques and churches elsewhere,…Read More


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Urfa: City of Prophets

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

The city of Urfa, or Sanliurfa as it is known today (the term Sanli, which means "heroic" in Turkish, was added to commemorate the heroism of its citizens in the War of Independence) is perhaps the most fascinating and historic of all the cities in…Read More


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Diyarbakir: The Kurdish Capital

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

Most people, if they know anything of Diyarbakir, only know of it as the center of Kurdish Turkey and the home to the bitterest fighting during the Kurdish separatist movement. However, if you come to Diyarbakir expecting to see bullet-ridden houses left in shambles by…Read More


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Akdamar: Turkey's Crown Jewel

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

If a gigantic earthquake were to hit Turkey and Ephesus, the Haghia Sophia, and Blue Mosque were to all come crumbling down, I would hardly shed a tear. But if the island of Akdamar were to somehow sink into the icy waters of Lake Van…Read More


Turkey's Culinary Capital

Written by HobWahid on 08 Aug, 2005

The food of southeastern Turkey is celebrated all over Turkey as the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine. It is known for its generous use of flavorful spices, especially the dried red pepper (kirmizi biber) that gives southeastern food its trademark kick. Istanbul Turks are notorious wimps…Read More


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