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  1. I love stories like this! I'm sad to hear about your mothers passing, of course... but it's nice to hope for better tomorrows for those left behind.
  2. I do hope you enjoy Istanbul. It's my favorite city when it comes to history. I can't say that you will have a difficult time as far as communication. Many of the tourist areas always have a few people around that understand English. One more hotel that I recommend is the Sultan Ahmet Palace Hotel located directly behind the Blue Mosque. I've stayed there and I love the location when it comes to quiet early morning walks around the street behind the Hagia Sophia. www.sultanahmetpalace.comEnjoy your stay.
  3. Ever since I came to Turkey in 1994, many of the people I have met have commented on how the Native American and the Turkish are 'brothers' that were separated by time and geographical boundaries. I even had a close friend that resembled an uncle. My sister and I are the 'pale skins' in my family . My mother and her siblings are 100% native being of Chickasaw and Choctaw. In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather moved east from the Oklahoma-Arkansas region and later met my great-grandmother. They raised a family in the Ohio Valley. While many of my relatives still carry much of the eastern Native traits (our roots are originally from the south-east), I tend to possess very little although many Turks often comment that I don't look like a typical American. Whatever the case - I'm a red, white and blue blooded American. We are all brothers and sisters somewhere along the lines of humanity... Now, if we can only work out our differences in this world, and just be good with each other.
  4. I don't want to start this topic off on misguided subject matter, but one of the studies I had in college surrounded how different cultures deal with death. Therefore, I'm interested in hearing what some of you have to say regarding how the Turkish deal with the death of a close friend or relative. One example would be when my mother passed away 5 years ago... We were in the US at the time amidst all of the preparations my wife asked that I leave a light on in the house at all times. I have a difficult time sleeping with a light on, but I obliged and happily left a dim light on in the bedroom where we slept. I asked later why she was insistent on me leaving the light on and she surprised me with an interesting story. She said that when a person passes, heir free spirit will return to familiar surroundings, in this case - home. When the spirit arrives and sees that it's body is no longer there, they move on to the 'next world'. Interesting to say the east. Are there any other stories similar to this, but may have a slight twist or two?
  5. When I was planning to marry my wife (Turkish), there was no question of faith or religion presented to me by her family. They only cared about her happiness with me. Now, we have Emily in our lives, and we strive to guarantee her happiness. My concern was "When should a child be introduced into their first level of religion?" I decided to just introduce different cultures into her life first. Of course I have to guide her along and answer those never ending questions. Facilitating a positive approach to life is most important. That includes talking about religion. The best part is when 'I ask her the questions.' From this point, I can get a better understanding as to what she knows and what she believes. Remember - children say the darnedest things. I'm curious as to what her friends are telling her. The question I always have is "What was Abraham's religion?" "What about Adam, Eve, Noah or Samson?" Hmmm. I don't believe they claimed a religion, yet their belief in God was uncontested. I think I can do that also.
  6. I really appreciate everyone's positive feedback regarding my 'issue'... I will give it a go for sure because I have a goal. Steve, thanks for the advice. I have Rosetta Stone but there seems to be something 'generic' about it. But I did try out the BYKI software and I really like it! I purchased it and it seems to be working a little better for me. Now, if I can only get my computer to electrocute me when I get something wrong... Thanks again...
  7. I was reading the topic 'Scams' that was posted. I loved the pics and they were quite creative - Thanks Ben. It's nice to see that there are counter-scammers out there other than myself. I tend to contact the scammers by using Skype and with the sounds of a busy office in the background, I usually advise them that I 'wired the necessary funds' and they should go to the Western Union or banking institute to pick up the funds. Of course, I've gotten pretty creative about fabricating paperwork to ensure the scammer that I did in fact wire the money. The end results have been pretty good. I can't come close to this guy... you will have to read it on this site:http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/index.htmlIn the process of trying to sell a Powerbook on eBay, he realized that he was in position to become a victim to an experienced scammer. The scammer wanted a Powerbook (left) but what he received is on the right. Like I said, you will have to read the story on the link I posted. It's quite creative.
  8. 'Cue the violins...' When I was in 4th grade I moved to California. I was sent to a school where the number of Hispanic children outnumbered the 'gringos' by a considerable amount. My teacher was adamant about ensuring that each child learn and speak Spanish as well as English - but mostly Spanish. It was a traumatic experience for me. I felt that I was somewhat ridiculed because learning a new language from scratch was an experience I had never been confronted with before as I came from a small town in Ohio. My experience with this teacher was so traumatic in such a way that when I moved to my new school a few months later, I ran from my class after being introduced to my new teacher and found my parents down the hall as they were leaving... "I can't speak Japanese!" I cried out as I ran to my parents. Yeah - my teacher was Japanese, but as time went on he turned out to the be the best teacher I have ever had in my life. Cut to the present - 'Cue the whimsical Turkish music'. I love the Turkish language. I have picked up a few things here and there, a little vocabulary, but when it comes right down to it I have a very difficult time learning any language. Quite strange since I have spent most of my life traveling the world and meeting people from all walks of life. I think that it's rude an arrogant to to assume that everyone "should speak English". I've tried many books, Rosetta Stone and even a tutor whose beauty was quite distracting... But when it comes time to communicate, I'm a mess. Heck! When my daughter was 5 years old, we got into a taxi in Istanbul. We were going to go to Ortakoy to walk around. The driver looked at me, and I looked at Emily and asked her to tell the driver "We want to go to Ortakoy Cami." She smiled and completed the task without blinking an eye... I was such a proud father. I often wonder if dyslexia is my problem. I am dyslexic and I have a slight auditory deficiency... That means I may hear someone speak, but it takes a few more milliseconds to register than that required by the average person. My mind constantly races so I tend to think quickly about many things at once. Now that I've spilled my shortcomings in life, I'm asking you - Is there a recommended approach I should pursue in order to become efficient at learning a language, including Turkish? I do not want to leave this world without hearing interesting stories from people all over the world. But I want to understand and I want to speak with them. Ok.. line up! Hit me with your best remedy. I may be 46, but I can still learn a few things.
  9. Ok... I'm not sure what happened to the replies... but someone did guess this picture before the upgrade to the new server. It's in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It's referred to as the Stele of St Gregory Thaumaturgus. As you walk into the mosque, it's to your left. It is rumored that if a person places their thumb in the hole, and is able to turn their hand a complete 360 degrees and pull their thumb out 'wet', then their wish or prayer will come true. Just to make other tourist happy and think their wishes were guaranteed, I used to give the hole a 'wet willy' on occasion. (Ok... I'm lying about that last part.)
  10. I'm surprised... Ben! You, of all people should know what this is. Before I tell you, let's see if someone else may know what it is.
  11. I've already given the first hint - it's in Istanbul. But what is it? To those of you that know what and where this is located, as a 'tour guide' how would you explain this to your friends if you happen to take them for a visit? Let's have some fun and see some creative responses.
  12. Wow... this is a sticky situation. I think this is one of the main reasons I don't go back to the US. I could not afford health care even on my salary. I was fortunate to get healthcare when I met my wife some time ago. We're using Yapi Kredi Sigorta unless they have changed their name. I'm very happy with this company and I don't balk at the premiums when I compare them to what I could be spending. To be honest, I can't balk at the cost of medical in Turkey's private hospitals when I compare them to stateside hospitals. I use Memorial Hospital in Istanbul. Although they are a little more expensive compared to others, I get that warm-fuzzy when I have to have anything done - such as three stents in the heart. Most hospitals tend to find one person among their staff that speaks English. Most doctors I meet speak English. Coverage is a risk if one waits too long. Pre-existing conditions are the biggest disqualification factor.
  13. From the album: Turkey

    Another early morning shot on the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

    © © DilarasDad

  14. besiktasbob


    Here are just a few of the shots I took during my travels and stays in Turkey. Enjoy.
  15. From the album: Turkey

    I know this may be a little dark, but it's one of my favorites... I was in Istanbul for a surgical procedure. When I was well enough to walk, I grabbed the camera in the early morning hours and bolted to the Golden Horn. How beautiful it was so early in the morning. I managed to get a shot of commuters on the boats. I belong here and no where else.

    © © DilarasDad

  16. From the album: Turkey

    This is a shot of the dome and the lights I always admired from the outside. I love this mosque... well, I love every mosque in Turkey because they reflect the culture and the beauty of the people and their history. But this mosque has a special meaning in my life, yet I haven't figured out why I'm drawn to it. Adana, Turkey

    © © DilarasDad

  17. From the album: Turkey

    I approached an Imam at a mosque in Adana and asked if I could take a few pictures inside after prayers were done. He obliged... But for years I had admired the lights inside the mosque. Since I had the place all to myself, I had to take in just about every angle I possibly could in this beautiful place.

    © © DilarasDad

  18. From the album: Turkey

    Such a beautiful day in Adana. I had to get my feet dirty and get this interesting shot. It was worth it. One day, I think I may not be able to see such beautiful colors, but it's nice to know I can save them for a while.

    © © DilarasDad

  19. From the album: Turkey

    I was out and about with my little girl. We happened to be in Ortakoy and I captured this shot. I didn't think much of it at the time because it was a hazy morning. But after a little cropping here and there, I was able to see that it wasn't such a bad shot after all. Ortakoy is one of the most scenic areas in Istanbul, and I make it a point to go there every time I visit relatives. There's no way to get a bad shot here.

    © © DilarasDad

  20. Thanks for the welcome Abi. I will list my intro in Meet & Greet. If I happen to come along some really valuable information I'll post it here. IN the meantime, I'll look through the forum to se if there may be a few clues or other entries I can help out with. Good to meet you.
  21. I'm currently working in Kuwait. I'd like to ship my bike to Turkey, but I don't plan on working there. I'm just looking for a place to park it for now, and since my family lives there, I figured I would send it there for storage. We've been given a tremendous amount of information, but nothing seems to be reliable. I've lived in Turkey and even purchased two cars there, and recently sold one. But now, I am just trying to bring my bike in through the Port of Mersin. I was told that I would have to have a residency permit and my passport in order to pick the bike up. Ok... I can deal with that. But there has to be more to it than just paying a "small customs fee" and registration fee for me to pick my bike up. I was also told that if I ride the bike into the country, I would only pay a customs fee at the border, register it for MA-MC plates. From there I would just need to inform the local customs police that I will park the bike at my apartment while I work outside the country. (Sounds a little unorthodox, but it comes from a trusted source.) Any idea or suggestions?
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