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An American Expat in Turkey. Witness my struggles with the Turkish language and my love affair with the food.
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    You know you do it.  You start sniffling, coughing, get a symptom that you are not used to and…using Google, self diagnose.  This activity can go two ways, you can decide you have some benign virus, or convince yourself you … Continue reading

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  • 02/16/11--08:29: Dogville
  • This man loves dogs.  Any dog.  My husband is as burly and masculine as you can be, but get him near any type of canine and he is like butter.  Which is truly adorable.  We spend a lot of time … Continue reading

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  • 05/09/11--12:32: All The Time
  • Where are we?  Who knows?  What are we?  Connected at the hip, smiling  and apparently I am on the right most of the time.  In the right and happy.  Clearly marriage agrees with me.

    julebudAT CAFE LYNNS JAN2010BLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 14DAY AFTER WEDDINGBLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 40ICMELER 2IN CARPORSUK CREEKROAD TRIP TO ANTALYASNOW STORM 100YIL, MAR11julebudAT CAFE LYNNS JAN2010BLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 14DAY AFTER WEDDINGBLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 40ICMELER 2IN CARPORSUK CREEKROAD TRIP TO ANTALYASNOW STORM 100YIL, MAR11

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  • 05/12/11--09:48: LASIK Shout Out!
  • Traditionally after the wedding the bride and groom exchange gifts.  Or so I was told.  So for my gift, my new beloved husband told me he would finance my LASIK surgery.  YAY!  My eyes are horribly myopic, around –3.75 plus … Continue reading

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  • 05/22/11--07:59: Girls Play Football?
  • Yes we do! My husband and I joined a football league.  Actually, he was invited and I tagged along.  While it is not usual for women to play football (soccer) in Turkey, the organizers welcomed me on to the team.  … Continue reading

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  • 07/25/11--07:36: 2nd Year!
  • 366 days ago I got married.  Today is the 1st day of my second year of marriage!  (Which means yesterday was my 1st anniversary-but I couldn’t post since I had to finish a paper for my Masters) My husband is … Continue reading

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  • 06/20/12--09:12: The Road Trip Begins
  • Last Friday Bülent and I  flew to Dallas from our respective cities.  We have had a blast visiting with friends in Texas, and made a mini road trip from Dallas, to Austin to San Antonio and back.  There will be … Continue reading

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  • 07/24/12--18:14: Two Years!
  • Today is my second wedding anniversary.  And the first one Bülent and I have celebrated together!  While last year it felt like a surprise that I had been married for a whole year, this year it doesn’t.  Not in a … Continue reading

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    This holiday is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. This is a very important Islamic holiday which celebrates willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son Ishmael. The sacrifice was not completed as God intervened and had Abraham sacrifice a ram … Continue reading

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  • 05/26/13--04:04: Birthday Week!
  • My birthday was in March, but Bülent “gave” me my present a few days ago.  We flew to Antalya for the weekend!  It was a whirlwind trip but we enjoyed ever minute of it.  We flew in Friday night and … Continue reading

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  • 02/16/11--08:29: Dogville
  • This man loves dogs.  Any dog.  My husband is as burly and masculine as you can be, but get him near any type of canine and he is like butter.  Which is truly adorable.  We spend a lot of time … Continue reading

    julebudSpring 2010 Ankara 164julebudSpring 2010 Ankara 164

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  • 05/09/11--12:32: All The Time
  • Where are we?  Who knows?  What are we?  Connected at the hip, smiling  and apparently I am on the right most of the time.  In the right and happy.  Clearly marriage agrees with me.

    julebudAT CAFE LYNNS JAN2010BLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 14DAY AFTER WEDDINGBLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 40ICMELER 2IN CARPORSUK CREEKROAD TRIP TO ANTALYASNOW STORM 100YIL, MAR11julebudAT CAFE LYNNS JAN2010BLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 14DAY AFTER WEDDINGBLUE VOYAGE MARMARIS 40ICMELER 2IN CARPORSUK CREEKROAD TRIP TO ANTALYASNOW STORM 100YIL, MAR11

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  • 05/12/11--09:48: LASIK Shout Out!
  • Traditionally after the wedding the bride and groom exchange gifts.  Or so I was told.  So for my gift, my new beloved husband told me he would finance my LASIK surgery.  YAY!  My eyes are horribly myopic, around –3.75 plus … Continue reading

    julebudjulebud

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  • 05/22/11--07:59: Girls Play Football?
  • Yes we do! My husband and I joined a football league.  Actually, he was invited and I tagged along.  While it is not usual for women to play football (soccer) in Turkey, the organizers welcomed me on to the team.  … Continue reading

    julebudSoccerJuliaSoccer3Soccer5SoccerBUlentjulebudSoccerJuliaSoccer3Soccer5SoccerBUlent

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  • 07/25/11--07:36: 2nd Year!
  • 366 days ago I got married.  Today is the 1st day of my second year of marriage!  (Which means yesterday was my 1st anniversary-but I couldn’t post since I had to finish a paper for my Masters) My husband is … Continue reading

    julebudJBNVF_6987JBNVF_7103julebudJBNVF_6987JBNVF_7103

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  • 06/20/12--09:12: The Road Trip Begins
  • Last Friday Bülent and I  flew to Dallas from our respective cities.  We have had a blast visiting with friends in Texas, and made a mini road trip from Dallas, to Austin to San Antonio and back.  There will be … Continue reading

    julebudjulebud

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  • 07/24/12--18:14: Two Years!
  • Today is my second wedding anniversary.  And the first one Bülent and I have celebrated together!  While last year it felt like a surprise that I had been married for a whole year, this year it doesn’t.  Not in a … Continue reading

    julebudJBNVF_7126julebudJBNVF_7126

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    This holiday is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. This is a very important Islamic holiday which celebrates willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son Ishmael. The sacrifice was not completed as God intervened and had Abraham sacrifice a ram … Continue reading

    julebudSacrifices20121025_123406.jpg20121025_124710.jpgjulebudSacrifices20121025_123406.jpg20121025_124710.jpg

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  • 05/26/13--04:04: Birthday Week!
  • My birthday was in March, but Bülent “gave” me my present a few days ago.  We flew to Antalya for the weekend!  It was a whirlwind trip but we enjoyed ever minute of it.  We flew in Friday night and … Continue reading

    julebud2013-04-27 15.10.112013-04-27 19.39.252013-04-27 19.14.35image2013-04-27 18.46.382013-04-28 11.25.462013-04-27 18.37.06julebud2013-04-27 15.10.112013-04-27 19.39.252013-04-27 19.14.35image2013-04-27 18.46.382013-04-28 11.25.462013-04-27 18.37.06