Author Archives: Jocelyn

Görüsürüz, Turkey!

The bags are packed, the passports in easy reach. As we brace for the epic 27 (or so) hour journey back to Duluth, it seems fitting to look Turkey square in the face one last time and, reaching out slowly … Continue reading

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One Last Blast

A few weeks ago, as the reality of wrapping up this year–a time full of heightened experiences; of everything blowing us sideways with its novelty; of peeling back the layers; of change, adjustment, appreciation, amazement–sunk in, Byron and I felt ourselves slide into the … Continue reading

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I Love It When Pictures Tell the Story

“Tra-la-la…” “Huh?” whimper

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A Brief History of Earth: “And Then People Carried Rocks Around and Stacked Them and Called it ‘Home'”

This week’s adventure was to rent a car for a couple of days and drive three hours to the ruins of Hattusas and Alacahöyük, which I’d first heard about from the kids’ pottery teacher last fall (he doubles as a high school … Continue reading

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Redefining “Neighborhood Watch Program”

First, I have to brace myself, especially if it’s a hot day, and I’ve decided that wearing shorts is the only choice between me and heat exhaustion. Secondly, I replay in my mind the guidebook phrase that informs, “Turks don’t … Continue reading

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I Also Spotted a Pair of Ruby Red Slippers in the Field

Back in Duluth, I can go weeks without having to recharge my Kindle.  However, here in the land of No Bookstores (much less ones with books in English), the Kindle has become our most-coveted item, one that circulates amongst all … Continue reading

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Definitely Not The Dells

It came as a surprise to me when, in adulthood, I realized that many people (let’s admit it:  women) grow up harboring ideas of their “dream wedding.”  REALLY?  Never once, in any fashion, as a child, teen, or adult, had … Continue reading

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And Here I Thought A Shotgun Wedding Was a Good Time

One thing that hasn’t waned during our time in Turkey is the fact that we miss friends and family; fortunately, technology manages to create some feelings of connection.  For instance, while I miss my fabulous cousin Kurt and his family this year, seeing … Continue reading

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The World’s a Playground

We sometimes feel like 8 of our last 11 years have been spent hanging out on various playgrounds.  There’s the park near our house in Duluth that we call “Our Playground.”  There are Chester Park, Lester Park, Bayfront (“Castle Playground”), not … Continue reading

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With our friend Jim visiting last week, we had the opportunity to visit a couple of spots that we’ve heretofore not seen, the standout being the open air museum called Zelve (zel-way).  We got there only a half an hour … Continue reading

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