These Old Things

As our first few days have turned into weeks, my anxiety has been alleviated by comfort.

I’ve slept better than I have in awhile as we’ve settled into the home and area that became so familiar to us last year. The four dogs we are charged with have all remembered us, they are always oozing love with tails constantly wagging. It is times like this, when drowned in their unbridled and loyal affection, that we remember how much the presence of pets can sooth any sort of despair.

back to turkey


And our return to the area has been delightful. We’ve been remembered by many, and have appreciated indulging in the things that made us fall in love the last time we were here.

Our weekly market trips are still a highlight as they are a true feast for the senses – hearing the vendors sing out their offerings, smelling the fresh produce as we pass down the many rows, and visually binging on the banquet of colours.

Turkey Market Dried Fruit


Turkish Market Collage


Then there’s the food.

Some dishes we have tried to make on our own since we left, with moderately successful results (so we thought at the time). But nothing beats the taste of having it freshly handmade by someone who really knows what they are doing.

Turkish Manti


Turkish Tavuk Sis


And finally, the people.

No less than three strangers have already offered us their support during our visit, insisting that we contact them with any problems we may have. We’re also overjoyed to reconnect with our friends from last year, especially Mustafa, who upon our arrival showed up with a large box of baklava from our favourite shop in town.

He knows us well.

Turkish Baklava


All of these pleasant experiences and reunions make me feel ashamed for the deep trepidation I felt upon our arrival (but hey, they’re my feelings, I have no choice but to own them).

I’m beginning to realize that when a place starts to feel routine, it’s up to me to work a little harder and stretch myself a little further to get the most out of it. Turkey is a large and complex country, it’s not like we possibly did it all last time.

So I’ll relish in the old things, and prepare for the new. I’ll love-on the dogs, spend time with good friends, fuel-up on the super food that is baklava, and set some new plans in motion.

There is so much left to explore.


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  • You go girl! Nice shift in perspective.

    • April 22 2013

      Thanks Nora. And the longer we are here, the better it is getting. Turkey is working it’s magic, as per usual. πŸ™‚

  • April 17 2013

    Go Girl… great images too!

  • April 17 2013

    Interesting post regarding your return to familiar terrain in Turkey. Great photos of the market and the pup!
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  • April 17 2013

    Great uplifting post! I noticed some of the photos are a bit brighter and sharper… new glass? Yes, that’s the geek speak talking πŸ™‚

    • April 22 2013

      Actually, all of these photos were taken with our Galaxy SIII!

  • April 17 2013

    Great post πŸ™‚ I loved the honesty of this and your last post. Most lifelong wanderers (I read a lot of blogs like yours!) make it seem like spending your life travelling and chasing novelty is the only route to happiness, but I find this post and your last to tell a different tale, one that I believe firmly.

    Happiness and adventure depends on your perspective, not on the number of countries you’ve checked off your list. I have done my fair share of travelling (including living in Istanbul for six months :-)), but I can still be happy at my full-time desk job in my hometown. When I get bored with life or am smacked with a case of wanderlust, I book a weekend trip or do something small that scares me (like a minor public speaking engagement or trying out a new falafel recipe). You can find novelty even in the seemingly old and stale!

    I’m a longtime reader, first-time commenter, and I love reading about your adventures! Your honest take on a life of wandering is so refreshing.
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    • April 22 2013

      LaReesa – thank you so much for your first (I hope not last!) comment!

      You are so right, like everything, happiness and adventure depends on perspective. I’m always astounded at how often I have to be taught that lesson – haha! πŸ™‚

      But I am glad to learn it, at least, as my initial reaction was very disappointing to me. The longer we are here however, the better it gets! Turkey is working it’s magic on me, and it sounds like you know all about what that’s like! πŸ™‚

  • Aggy
    April 17 2013

    That picture of the dog is so adorable! Hope you will settle in soon πŸ™‚

  • Sam
    April 17 2013

    Glad you’re settling in nicely! This Mustafa sounds like an awesome guy; baklava is definitely one way to my heart too!

    • April 22 2013

      I could write books just about Mustafa’s kindness. He is such an amazing man!

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    April 18 2013

    I’m so glad to see the shift in perspective and I think you’ve got exactly the right attitude. I always say to myself that no matter your location, you can always have an adventure… usually I mutter this when I start to panic about going home where I feel like suddenly life will lose all of its luster. But I know that in truth, every location is what we make it and there are always places for us to explore and be inspired by, we just have to be willing to look. I can’t wait to see what you find in Turkey this time!

    • April 22 2013

      It shouldn’t matter where we are at all ready – adventure should be wherever we find it or create it for ourselves! Lesson learned. Again! πŸ™‚

  • Kim
    April 18 2013

    Beautiful photos, love that one of the dog especially.

  • April 19 2013

    Happy that you are settling down. I love the way you have written the post covering everything right from food to pets to people!! Loved the dog capture, so very cute.
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    • April 22 2013

      Thank you Arti! I will check it out!

  • Nat
    April 19 2013

    Way hey! Back on top form. Well done! That’s the way to be!
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  • April 19 2013

    manti. manti manti manti. i miss it….

    • April 22 2013

      Me too. Going to get some for lunch today. πŸ™‚

  • May 1 2013

    Why do I keep reading your blog when I’m hungry? These photos are not helping one bit. πŸ™
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  • I am never underwhelmed by your photography! You always manage to tell the story so well with your images.
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  • That first dog photo is AMAZING.
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