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Esma muses on what it’s like to be both visible and invisible in Turkey


When in Turkey, I lose my cumbersome Scots Gaelic name in favor of something that is more verbally palatable to the locals. I become “Esma.” As regular readers of this blog may recall, Esma is also the hippie puppet that … Continue reading

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Enjoying a cuppa at the Çinaraltı cafe on Bozcaada


Nothing is more evocative of Turkey for me than the sound of tiny spoons clinking into glasses at a Çay bahçesi (i.e. tea garden or cafe). The puppets sigh with hiraeth at this thought.  They do pine for home now that … Continue reading

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Ugly Turkish-Americans? Mercan Bey finds camels in Tulum, Mexico


When we last left you, Karagöz was almost marinating in his cóctel de mariscos over at El Camello Restaurant in Tulum Pueblo in the Quintana Roo province of Mexico‘s Yucatan penninsula. Since Karagöz was given permission to dictate yesterday’s post, and since he … Continue reading

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