Browsing All Posts filed under »Istanbul«

Moda Havuz: a Vignette

September 21, 2014


Sunday morning was coming down gently as I walked my dogs up to the park at the end of Bahariye street. You know, the one that now has a mangled metal sculpture of an abstract fish? Or perhaps you know it by the local name, the Moda Havuz. Havuz means pool or fountain. Although Istanbul […]

This is not a Toilet

January 12, 2014


( “This is not a pipe.” The Treachery of Images by Rene’ Magritte ) A block from my apartment in Kadıköy, I spied an earnest and angry banner. It was defiantly strung up over a very short street.It is a sad stroke of luck for the little street that it is so close to the famous […]

The Oozing Americana Portal: Shake Shack

December 27, 2013


Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC have been common place in Turkey, Europe, and even the Middle East for many years now. However, walking the streets of Istanbul, you can’t help but get the creeping feeling that something is afoot. The is an alien element that has been lurking just beneath the surface but it […]

GEZI PARK: Drawing Trees in Istanbul

June 23, 2013


GEZI PARK: Drawing Trees in Istanbul. I was so excited when one of my favorite bloggers addressed the Gezi Park uprising in her latest post. I have so much respect and admiration for the art of Trici Nevola, and I have been following her writing and art for years. She captures the beauty of this […]

Paradise Lost: What the Turkish PM Destroyed in Istanbul and What He Planted in Its Place

June 18, 2013


Tell Sir Thomas More we’ve got another failed attempt  –   “So Says I” by The Shins In a brilliant political move by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the lovable Istanbul police have tenderly planted more trees in Taksim’s Gezi Park today. The evicted protesters left behind a garden of flowers and saplings they […]

Çarşı “Tear Gas is our Perfume”

June 9, 2013


Tension is rising for the protesters in Istanbul. Rumors say today. The police say Monday. One thing I know for sure is whenever the police do decide to move on Taksim, Çarşı will be ready. I overheard this conversation in a grocery store this morning: A middle aged woman working the cash register rings me […]

I Am Afraid We Have Awakened a Sleeping Turkey

June 7, 2013


Young Turkish men standing on a destroyed municipality vehicle At a bus stop in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 college students with bandanas around their necks are waiting. Their blood types are written ontheir arms. They are holding supplies: toilet paper, fruit, cakes, sandwiches, sanitary napkins, etc. People pass by and chat with them. A lady slips […]