Afros and oh’s… being black in Turkey

I wasn’t sure if there was something wrong with the way I was dressed , if perhaps I had something on my face or stuck in my teeth but it felt like everyone around me was staring at me. I was well aware of the fact that I was the only black person in most…

How to spend a day in Bodrum

The first few months of adjusting to living in Turkey were such a pain and in my quest to fall in love with my new home , I decided to travel. I hadn’t ever been to a beach so when I saw pictures of Bodrum I instantly fell in love with the place and I’ve…

Summer things to do in Turkey

Schools finally over, your vacation from work is here, the sky is clear , the suns out and party anthem season is upon us. It’s summer time baby! If you’re like me you’ve probably been dreaming about summer all spring and how much free time or personal time you’ll have. For most of us this…

Türkiye’de Siyahi Olmak (“Ooo ben Afrikalıları çok severim”!!!)

  Ilk basta anlayamamıștım. Kıyafetlerim mi kötüydü yoksa üstümde bir leke mi vardı? Herkes bana bakıyordu ve farklı olduğumu biliyordum ama bu kadar tepki verileceğini sanmamıștım. Anlıyorum, bazı insanlar hiç memleketten çıkmamış ve yabancı birini görünce baya büyük bir olay oluyor. Irkı farklıysa da ohoo! Hayatımda ilk defa beni tanımayan insanlar benimle fotoğraf çekilmek istedi….

Coping with homesickness

So you’re still in your honeymoon phase of being abroad and everything is going great. Well, until being a foreigner sets in and your begin to get homesick. That happened me to me pretty early along the way. My honeymoon phase ended right after I a set a foot outside the airport and into my…

Turkey expectations vs reality

Throughout my childhood I was curious about what life abroad was like. At that time, the only place I knew outside Africa was America as I spent a lot of time watching American TV programs. I eventually got to learn of the other continents but I always had this interest in the west and ending…

Why you should study in Turkey.

So you’re probably looking for a change of environment as an Erasmus student or maybe just looking to have an interesting experience studying abroad and where not better to do that than when where Europe meets Asia. If Europe, Asia and the Middle East had a baby , it would be Turkey. I always hoped…

Things to love and hate about Turkey

Having had stayed in Turkey for a while now I’ve come to appreciate all the things I love about the country and deal with the things I hate. It’s not utopia. Obviously. But it’s worth a visit. So let’s say you’re somewhere in the world right now and you’re considering to backpack to Turkey and…

Single on valentines… again

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t spend the day of love mopping around and wishing I got a bunch of roses and a teddy bear with the classic words ” I love you” written on it. Getting that wouldn’t have hurt but not doing so didn’t hurt either. The only place I could have avoided…

Zambia the real Africa

photo credit : @the_mentalyst Hi loves! I was recently away on holiday in Istanbul and while there a friend and I were talking about expat life in Turkey. Both of us had had our expectations prior to coming and like most cases, most of them weren’t met and it got us thinking about life back…

Should I make new year resolutions?

I can’t believe how fast 2018 went by and I’m probably a little too late to say this but happy new year! No pressure but for all those of you that made New Year resolutions, how’s it going so far? I hope you haven’t given up already. If you’re like me then you love to…