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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 […]

Ali Suavi

September 25, 2011


“Bilmeyen ne bilsin bizin? Bilenlere selâm olsun” -Yunus Emre If you take a lucky left turn off Bahariye Caddesi, you may experience a creeping tranquility. Eventually, you realize that the survival instinct that keeps you on edge walking around Istanbul has drifted away. You are on Ali Suavi street, and vehicles are strictly forbidden between the hours of 9am and 9pm. You are first struck by the surreal […]

The Mystery of Yogurt Maker’s Park

April 18, 2011


I recently moved back into the Ösmanağa area of Kadıköy, and one of the nice things about being on the backside of the hill is that I am closer to the Fenerbahçe football stadium. I’m close enough to keep track of the score by the roar of the crowd. A cheer that suddenly rises but […]