Monday, 27 May 2013

Maxim Monday: Ağaca Çıkan Keçinin Dala Bakan Oğlağı Olur

Ağaca çıkan keçinin dala bakan oğlağı olur: A goat that climbs a tree has a kid that eyes its branches. - Turkish Proverb


Sunday, 26 May 2013

A Week In Turkey #8

‘Closing Sell’ — Only in Turkey! (Some rights reserved by arwcheek) | Shared under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 3.0
The ride (Some rights reserved by F. Montino) | Shared under the Creative Commons License CC BY 3.0
In The Ferry #1 (Some rights reserved by fikirbaz) | Shared under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-SA 3.0


Monday, 18 March 2013

Maxim Monday: Akacak Kan Damarda Durmaz

Akacak kan damarda durmaz: Blood doomed to be shed will not remain in the veins. - Turkish Proverb
Another similar proverb to this would be: Alın yazısı değişmez - The writing on the forehead will not change.

And since today's the 18th of March, do read up on the Battle of the Dardanelles. It's a historical day of utmost importance to the Turks!

Çanakkale Geçilmez: The Dardanelles Is Impassable!


Sunday, 10 March 2013

A Week In Turkey #7

Surrounded (Some rights reserved by im_apatel) | Shared under the Creative Commons License CC BY 3.0
Atatürk, Palais du Topkapi (Some rights reserved by stridli) | Shared under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 3.0
A kahvaltı this good for every morning! (Shared with permission from @mlsyvz) | Eyes on the kestane (Shared with permission from Nebile)


Friday, 8 March 2013

A Friday With Nasreddin Hoca: How Far Can You Usefully Be From The Truth?

'I am eating ducksoup.' said Nasreddin.
Nasreddin saw some tasty-looking ducks playing in a pool. When he tried to catch them they flew away.

He put some bread in the water and started to eat it. Some people asked him what he was doing.

'I am eating duck soup,' said Nasreddin.


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Worthy Wednesday: Dolunay Obruk

Photo by Thomas Leuthard | Creative Commons License CC BY 3.0
İstanbul, beni neden bir başıma bıraktın böyle?
İstanbul, bu neyin kafası anlayalım söyle.
İstanbul, yine gözlerinden düşüyor yağmur.
İstanbul, kendini unutturma bana n'olur.

Gülmeyi öğrendim ben burada.
Sevmeyi, sevilmeyi, terk edilmeyi.
Yaraları sarmayı öğrendim burada.
Her şeye rağmen ayakta durabilmeyi.

Istanbul, why did you leave me all alone?
Istanbul, tell me what you're high with.
Istanbul, the rain is pouring down from your eyes again.
Istanbul, don't let me forget about you please.

I've learned to smile here,
To love, to be loved, to be left.
I've learned to dress wounds here,
To stand still despite everything.

Lyrics by Dolunay Obruk titled 'İstanbul Kafası'.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Maxim Monday: Eşeğin Kuyruğunu Kalabalıkta Kesme

Eşeğin kuyruğunu kalabalıkta kesme, kimi uzun der kimi kısa: Do not dock the donkey's tail in a crowd, some will say it's too long, others it's too short. - Turkish Proverb
It's impossible to please everybody. So don't be disheartened if someone shows a little bit of discontentment towards your decision.

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