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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:10 am    Post subject: In Turkey again Reply with quote

I will be in Istanbul again soon. Alas only for a day, but i always get something out of my visits. I use Istanbul as a staging post on my travels from the Gulf to my Dacha in Eastern Europe.

Istanbul is an amazing city but............................

I am not sure that I would want to live and work there .

Comments............................?


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dmb



Joined: 12 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stuck in the Gulf I feel nothing but jealousy. I have to wait until Eid(Bayram) for a break, and then only for 4 or 5 days
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Byzantine



Joined: 19 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: In Turkey again Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
Istanbul is an amazing city but............................

I am not sure that I would want to live and work there .

Comments............................?


I'd definitely have to try and convince you otherwise. I taught in Istanbul for two years and loved it. The people are great, the food is great (until you hit that certain point where every day you feel like "didn't I just have the same thing yesterday?), and the Bosphorous is unbeatable.

Granted, there are some negatives. I always found it difficult to get out of the city (easier if you have the cash to fly or to hire a car). It's not always the most efficient place, either Laughing

Scot47, your location lists Various Provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Well, if you're at all interested in Byzantine and Ottoman history, Istanbul's the place to be. Constantinople's alive and well, just takes some searching.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:28 pm    Post subject: Byzance Reply with quote

The Imperial Capital is fascinating but as some viziers might have told you, it can be a dangerous place to work ! The centre of power is always dangerous. And in any case my wife would not let me !

I will stick to working and living in the former provinces, and visiting Byzantium three times a year
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Byzantine



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 6:37 pm    Post subject: dead end job Reply with quote

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The Imperial Capital is fascinating but as some viziers might have told you, it can be a dangerous place to work !


Ha! True enough. I swear, each vizier must have said the same thing... "Yes, I know all of my predecessors have been murdered, but I'll be the one to buck that trend."
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Mike_2003



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you get a different pespective when you live here. Visiting as a tourist I was awed by the crumbling ruins, mosques and hustle-bustle of the streets. It was a very appealing atmosphere.

Now I've lived here for five years, in a regular district, it's more pot-holes, rubbish and traffic. As anywhere will, once you get used to a place the romanticism wears thin. Istanbul's still not a bad city to live in and I know many things I'll miss when I leave - being close to the sea, the slackness of the regulations, the moderate climate, etc.

Mike
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2003 9:45 am    Post subject: Terrorism in Istanbul Reply with quote

The insane violence of the Middle East is now spilling over into Istanbul. The day after I left Istanbul 20 people were reported killed in attacks on two synagogues.
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gelin



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2003 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was about half a mile from it and thought there was another earthquake. I don't know if that wouldn't have been easier to accept.... Herkese gecmis olsun.
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Byzantine



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:15 am    Post subject: more bad news Reply with quote

I've just seen the news that there were more bombs in Turkey today. This is absolutely horrible. I hope you are all well.

Sad
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dmb



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as above. I just got back from work and saw the carnage on tv. Gecmis olsun.
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