Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Blogging Our Life In Turkey - Where We're At Right Now




This post is a bit of an explanation of where we're at right now and what's coming up in the next few weeks. Regular readers will know that a few weeks ago, we went on a bit of a mammoth up-and-across-and-back-again journey around Turkey and blog posts about this trip have been a bit thin on the ground to say the least. 

Our blog is a bit of haphazard affair. We like it that way - it matches our life in Turkey, and that is what we write about after all. Some bloggers are super organised and will sit down on a given day, plan their posts for that week, write them, add the photos and schedule the posts to go out over the week. I can't do that. What if we schedule an Istanbul post to go out on a Wednesday and we're feeling all loved up with Fethiye on that day? Then that wouldn't be a true post - well, not for us, anyway. It wouldn't be a reflection of us. Whatever random post does pop up on any given day, you'll know that's where our thoughts are right now.


And so to our Turkey travels...

And where our thoughts are right now is, it's time to crack on with some blog posts about our trip. You see, we've held off on purpose. It just didn't feel right.

Eskişehir

Eskişehir, Turkey
Eskişehir - a city of history, art and students
Our first port of call was Eskişehir, a really great city that deserves to be celebrated more than it is. We were all ready to do that after we returned to Fethiye - and then the protests that originally started over Gezi Park in Istanbul spread to different areas of Turkey. The people of Eskişehir protested - they protested in massive numbers. As we followed events online and saw photos of places we'd been just a few weeks before, writing about pretty walks along the river just didn't seem appropriate - and our thoughts were far from it.

But now it's time to push on and start showcasing Eskişehir:
This is a great city and, as far as we're concerned, worthy of being on your travel list for Turkey. We've already gushed about our Eskişehir hotel (it was a bit posh for us) and told you about our experience of eating çiğ börek, the city's famous dish. But we've got loads more still to write about - more food (there's always food to write about in Turkey), watering holes, sights to see. And, when you've got a mayor who's an artist, some of those sights will create weird and wonderful memories of this city for you.

Ankara
Ankara, Turkey
Ankara - much more than we expected
With Ankara, we were in the same boat as Eskişehir. The main protests in Ankara centred around the Kızılay area, right where we were based and where we spent quite a bit of time. We weren't in the city very long but we were there long enough to know we would definitely be back. We haven't done a single post on Turkey's capital yet - it wasn't the right time to do so - but the collage above gives you some idea of what's coming up. Of course, Anıtkabir was top of our list but there were lots of surprises for us, too. From a travel perspective, Ankara's got its critics...but we're going to be singing its praises! 

Our East Turkey Road Trip
Scenes From East Turkey
Some scenes from our East Turkey road trip
While we were in the east of Turkey, it was Gençlik Bayramı. It fell over the weekend and, as our friends are teachers, they were given a long weekend for the holiday. Off we went on what was supposed to be a two-day road trip. It ended up being three days when a short cut didn't turn out be a short cut after all. More about that in a later post...

Driving around this area of Turkey is an amazing experience and one I'll never forget. The stop offs are not too bad either! Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting about Muradiye water falls, Doğubeyazıt's Ishak Paşa Sarayı, Iğdır and it's views of Mount Ararat - and Kars with the nearby, fantastic ruins of Ani.

East Turkey
East Turkey Photo Collage
An East Turkey collage
In between all that, we ate lots of meaty food in Patnos, where we stayed. We visited the school where one of our friends teaches and were mobbed by excited students. We visited mosques, strolled around a Selçuk graveyard, ate Kahramanmaraş ice cream in Tatvan, took our friend's dog for a sunset walk through a plain filled with wildflowers...and just generally fell in love with this area of Eastern Turkey. We've already told you about watching the inci kefal swim upstream from Lake Van, but, as you can guess, that only really scratches the surface.

And, of course, Turkish food and Fethiye will never be far from our thoughts, so those posts will be popping up on a regular basis, too. We're looking forward to writing about all this over the next few weeks and months. Thanks for sticking with us.

11 comments:

What a fab road trip you've had. I was just in Armenia and saw Mt Ararat from all over town in Yerevan. Would really like to see it from the other side, with the mountain reflecting in Lake Van. Looking forward to reading your account.

I agree that you have to be feeling the urge to write a post about whatever. Then it sounds real and enthusiastic and exciting.

I love that you go with the flow with your blog. :-) I am learning to do the same and it is SO much nicer, so much more me. :-) I'll be looking forward to your adventures as you decide to share them. :-)

Gosh you guys! You are just fabulous! I love the way you are taking Turkey as it comes and on its own terms. Please keep it coming, you are super!!!!

what amazing travels you have done; I so greatly look forward to Eskisehir, my hometown Ankara and more - keep them coming : ) Ozlem x

@ Sophie: Yes, it was definitely a trip to remember. We just need to start writing about it now! :) Looking forward to it.

@ Jan Robinson: We have tried to be organised and write posts once a week but it just never feels right. We'll always go with what feels right. :)

@ Rambling Tart: Yeah, we're very much go with the flow people and it feels better running the blog that way, too. :)

@ Claudia Turgut: Awww, thank you! :) If you think too much about Turkey, it just mashes your brain. We learned to take things as they come a while back. Looking forward to doing the posts about our trip. :)

@ Ozlem's Turkish Table: Definitely a travel experience we will never forget. We saw so much more than we expected and now it's time to start right back with Eskişehir and relive our trip! :)

Blogging seems to be either overload or nothing to me, so I try and spread a few of my posts out when I have a lot to say to cover the days when nothing much happens. I think you two are always so buy that you always have loads to write about.

Blog when you can! You guys always have great content so the readers will follow. :-) Looking forward to more and can't wait to be back in Turkey tomorrow! xo

@ BacktoBodrum: Well, we have a big backlog of posts at the moment and there's always something going on in Fethiye that we want to write about too. :)

@ Joy: hope you enjoyed being back in Turkey - and thanks. :)

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