Tag Archives: etiquette

How to survive a dinner in Turkish, when you don’t speak it


    Twelve years into this relationship, I am proud to say that I have mastered the alphabet, learned hundreds of words, can order a meal for myself and make basic pleasantries, but yet also appalled at myself as I have not … Continue reading

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Bachelors, dudes and dağı: On respecting your elders…and reality TV


It may come as a surprise that M. and I watch a really trashy American reality television program each week. Namely, I say blushing, we watch programs from “The Bachelor” TV franchise. In this reality series, one man (The Bachelor) … Continue reading

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Şekerleme: On the work of both rest and cultural competence in Turkey


Well, this week has been a full and deep one, as I have contemplated both work – and a bit on rest as well. I have noted that there are differences in approaches to work between east and west, as … Continue reading

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