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Songül & Beyza

Saving the best for last – Songül and Beyza, my ex-flatmates in Istanbul eight years ago. Songül, doubtlessly, has the biggest influence in my life in Turkey. Without her, I wouldn’t be able to experience the Turkish way of life … Continue reading

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Love from New York to Istanbul

Can’t leave out this then-and-now post with Zehra! It has been two years since we last saw each other in NYC. None of us would of thought that we were to meet again in Istanbul =) Frankly, I didn’t expect … Continue reading

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Şevval

(長輩調) 八年前人見人愛的小妹妹現在已是亭亭玉立的少女,長得比我高 XD 從前,她曾教我一至十的土耳其語 (我沒有學會),現在我們已會用英語溝通。 Time flies! When I first met Şevval eight years ago, she was still a little girl. Now she’s a young lady, taller than me ❤ She used to teach me how to count from one to … Continue reading

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The most aptly named Ceren

This post is long overdue. Eight years ago, I joined a tour to the Black Sea region of Turkey alone, and in the group were Ceren and Bariş. Since I was the only solo traveler, Ceren was very kind and … Continue reading

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Hats off to Daisuke Kinoshita

Dai, originally from Osaka, attended the same study abroad program in Spain I did in 2005. During the past 11.5 years after the program ended, he has worked in Madrid for some six years, in Japan in a completely different sector … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Montpellier

I thought I would spend Lunar New Year alone like last Christmas. However, a few days before the new year, my Airbnb host invited me to go to a potluck party at their friends’. So, I extended my stay in … Continue reading

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My Airbnb Host from Talence and I

I said goodbye to Caroline, my Airbnb host from Talence, with mixed feelings. It was a mixture of shame, confusion and gratitude. I didn’t like Caroline in the beginning. My first impression of her was that she’s a stingy, divorced 42-year-old mom … Continue reading

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