Archive | July, 2011

Day 4

18 Jul

One of the really cool things about this trip is that it gave me a chance to immerse myself in a new culture. ¬†Even though this culture represents 1/2 of my household, it was pretty awesome to experience it and observe it 100%…and try to take notes ūüôā

There were lots of things that I observed that really sparked feelings/interest in me wanting to change some of my/our current practices.

One of these things related to shopping. ¬†Throughout our relationship, Ilker and I have often butted heads with our shopping practices. ¬†Ilker is all about quality. ¬†He doesn’t hesitate to pay a higher price for something that is a better quality. ¬†I, on the other hand, sometimes prefer quantity. ¬†Especially if it includes clothes.

One our first shopping trip, I learned that Ilker gets this totally honestly. ¬†On the fourth day our mission was to find the hubs a wedding outfit. ¬†We went to mall in search of the perfect suit! Ilker’s mom {who I will refer to as Anne from now on} touched every single suit each sales person showed us-judging the quality of the material before Ilker would even try it on. ¬†Only once the material was deemed to be a good quality, would Ilker try on the suit.

It was amazing to watch.

See, clothes are pretty expensive in Turkey…and the mentality is definitely that it is better to buy better quality clothes so that you have to buy them less often. ¬†This is definitely another practice that I am going to start using in my own life…though it will be difficult at first, I am definitely going to start focusing on quality over quantity in our spending.

Finally, after a full day of shopping…my hubby was handsomely outfitted.

After shopping, we headed to Ilker’s parents’ new house to get the official tour! And I have lotsa pictures of that for yall!

The outside of the building

As I just updated this picture in the post, I realized that I should maybe explain the housing situation.  Like NYC, most everyone lives in flats within a condo.  For the most part, everyone owns their own flat.  There are no houses in the cities, only in the villages (which are really more like small suburbs).

Ok glad we got that cleared up…now lets finish the tour!

Courtyard, across from the front door to the building

Entry Hall

Check out all of those built ins!!!

Living Room

The Dining Room...and the hubby's head ūüôā

Mine and Ilker's room...notice the clothes on the floor already ūüôā

Ilknur's room-check out those awesome built-ins!!

Awesome balcony, with windows, off of Ilknur's room

{I know, I know…I also thought it was unfair that she got the room with the balcony. ¬†Obviously, we know who the favorite child is here, huh?! ūüôā }

The Parents room

This wardrobe was incredible.  The doors slid open pretty much automatically, with the slightest touch.  And lights automatically come on, and there are these different cubbies for organizing.   I mean it was unbelivable!

So, you may have noticed a theme here. ¬†The built-ins and all the opportunities for organization {built in to the HOUSE} made me swoon…and I didn’t know that organization would make me swoon…but apparently it does! ¬†I can’t wait to see house they finish decorating everything and watch the space as it comes along. ¬†I will admit one thing, the idea of ever taking some baby Ozcelik’s there, does make me a bit nervous…did you see all that white?!?


Hello…is there anybody there?

9 Jul

Im sure about all of you have thought that I forgot about this blog project…I didn’t. ¬†Turns out, recovering from this trip took me the WHOLE week. ¬†I went to bed by like 9PM and was up at 5:30 everyday…but my brain was tired, and I just couldn’t seem to make myself be interesting.

Today, though, is a new day…and I am going to try to be interesting!

Before we travel back in time and half way across the world though, I have to show you what I just saw outside my house.

Yes, that is a turkey…crossing the road…seriously! ¬†I apologize for the crappy photo…but I was afraid to get too close….visions of being chased by a turkey danced through my head and well, I would never live that down with my neighbors!

So, I took this as a sign…to continue writing about my trip to Turkey {see the connection?!} but seriously, a turkey crossing the road?! WOW!

Anyway, where was I? ¬†Oh yes, we had just finished Day 1 {the worst day of the trip}, and arrived in Konya at Ilker’s parents house. ¬†It dawned on me that yall might appreciate a map for some geographical sense of where we were and where we came from. ¬†Yes?

So far…we had traveled from Istanbul to Eskisehir to Konya.

Did that help?  I hope so.

So, back to Day 3…this day was very low key and actually we slept most of the day. ¬†The highlight of this day was when Ilker told me he was going to help his mom cut a pumpkin. ¬†I finished the page of my book, and walked in to watch. ¬†This is what I saw!

The family then worked together to peel and cube the pumpkin that would be made into the most delicious dessert!

One of the things that I really took away from this trip is how significant every part of the day is, in their culture.  Families work together to create and uphold traditions, to be economical, and teach and learn.  It really made me aware of how wasteful we are in our house, both with stuff and our time.  It is something that I really took to heart, and plan to spend some time trying to fix this fall.  If you are still around, I think I will also share that journey!

So Day 3, was pretty uneventful-Thank God! ¬†But on Day 4, I go on my first Turkish shopping trip {to outfit the hubby for big day No. 4} and see the in-laws new house {yes! I have a house tour}. ¬†If you’re lucky, I’ll be back this afternoon for that update ūüôā








I know, I know

4 Jul

I have totally deserted yall…but there is a reason, I promise! ¬†Turns out, the wordpress iPad app doesn’t let you add captions to photos {at least not that I figured out} and that just wasn’t working for me….

So tomorrow I will resume updating. ¬†I wanted to start tonight, but I am so tired, I promise…you wouldn’t want to read what I have to say…



On My Last full day in Turkey….

2 Jul

I conquered my fear of the Turkish toilet!


….I know so many of you were dying to know that, but it is unbelievable how proud I am of myself! ¬†Woohoo!