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060 Terror and emotions

Post-July 15 coup. Apart from lively ‘marches for democracy’ ending very late every night over the past two and a half weeks, Istanbul remains subdued. Superficially one has the impression that regular life returns after each terror incident. Below the surface however there is anger, embarrassment, concern and great weariness, especially after the failed military coup […]

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032. Herring and flowers: typically Turkish

What I like most about my travels and work abroad is that appearances, perceptions and reality are different from what one expects; they change the more when one travels and opens up. The best herring in the Netherland is sold by a Turkish/Dutch company, the Turkish tulip is considered to be Dutch, and Dutch plants […]

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020. About the Bosporus

Mid November is the annual Istanbul Marathon. Its main attraction is running from Asia to Europe, across the “first” bridge, high above the Bosporus. This year I joined 10,000’s runners. After the bridge the sign “welcome to Europe” greeted us. The Bosporus is quite a waterway: romantically beautiful, with spectacular houses and castles on its […]