My son Alex and I arrived in Turkey on September 22, following my wife Lucia who arrived on August 28. We've found it to be a great adventure, and fallen in love with the country and its people. Lucia loves her job teaching English at Meliksah University in Kayseri, and I am enjoying teaching English in Meliksah's Continuing Education Department and at a prestigious private K-8 school. You can follow our adventures on our Turkish Delight blog, which is far more active than "The Buie Knife."
I've posted "Funny Observations of Americans About Turkey," that reveal more about us than they do about the Turks. I have found them to be the "Most Hospitable People on Earth," despite some early encounters that made me feel like a space alien, albeit a welcomed one. I'm learning anew what it feels like to be an American, since there are so few Americans here in Kayseri. We stand out. I feel both proud of America's economic, political and cultural leadership in the world and ashamed of the trash that our pop culture generates and exports. I ask, "In Mass Culture, Why Does Junk Crowd Out Quality?"
Learning from Islam
Curious CustomsLucia's Impressions
Wonderous Cappadocia, Turkey's Grand Canyon
Alex's Formal Education Is Still Challenging