Expat Life, Istanbul, Turkey

The Expat Uphill Battle

  We moved to Istanbul at the back end of 2011.  As can only be expected, there were many hiccups, ups, downs and frustrating moments in those earliest days as we fumbled our way step by step.  But, of course, perseverance is key in the 'Expat Uphill Battle' and as each challenge is mastered, slowly… Continue reading The Expat Uphill Battle

Expat Life, Friendship

Expat Friendship: The Friend at Hand

"A friend at hand is better than a far distant relative." This African proverb of unknown provenance is printed on a patchwork quilt that I won, a quilt made by a brilliant group of expat ladies (which is a story for another time).   It's not just a proverb, it is a truth, a fact, a mantra that the… Continue reading Expat Friendship: The Friend at Hand