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    We return to Turkey for this post. After a year away, I am feeling incredibly homesick. With all of my travels this summer to Southeast and East Asia, I cannot seem to shake Turkey fever. Merhaba (hello) is the first word that pops into my head as I walk into a coffee shop in Lhasa. I constantly need to stop myself from asking nasılsınız (how are you?) as I walk down the streets of Chiang Mai. I miss looking out at the towering Taurus Mountains from either of...

See how hard it is to leave beautiful Alanya?   Moving never gets any easier. Losing yet another home is hard and no amount of excitement for the next stage quite masks the hollowness you feel as you pack up the house. The feeling is always the same. The oppressive heat (I always seem to move during summers and in tropical climates), and the intermingling smell of chemicals (cleaning and paint) and slight dustiness as I disturb the softly sleeping piles of stuff that I have not touched in a...

Night shot of Istanbul with the Blue Mosque, Yeni Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Galata Bridge   Head to my gallery for some other photos of Istanbul. Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have been twice and will head there a third time in a couple of weeks. While it is a huge sprawling metropolis (it spans two continents), there are a few areas that I now know fairly well. Having absolutely fallen in love with the city, I highly recommend it to everyone. There is...

A night shot of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.I've been meaning to do this post for a while, but what better way to start the new year than to celebrate the wonderful culture in which I currently reside. Along similar lines as my Top Ten TCK Quirks, Top Ten Hong Konger Quirks, and Top Ten Lhasa Quirks, I have created a list of what I have encountered as the most common peculiarities of the Turkish population. Everything I list I have personally seen in Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, and the Cappadocian region. None...

Before I launch into the Cappadocia post, I just wanted to make a quick plug for my newly launched Facebook Page: Unsettled TCK  Please "like" it and share it! Also head over to: Unsettled TCK Gallery for more photos!Here are links to all of my gallery pages that show the pictures for each of these sections. These are filled with my best shots so please head over. Definitely look at the horseback riding ones and the hot air balloon ones: 1. The Walk to Goreme Open Air Museum2. Goreme Open Air Museum3....