Wow, it has been a *long* time (6 weeks) since our last blog. Not sure what happened there … I guess school was one thing. I came back after the nice Christmas break for a couple of weeks of classes. I had a lovely email at the start of the year from one of my senior students: “We are at the start of a whole … Continue reading Mid-February
I thought I’d take advantage of the holiday break to post another blog, this one about some of the things that Dale and I have been up to over the past few weeks, and a few reflections (teachers love reflecting). We have been in Istanbul about 4.5 months now, and our first arrival in the sultry days of mid-August seems a distant memory. We feel … Continue reading Christmas Holidays, Part 2
I can’t believe it has been a month since my last blog. My goodness, where has the time gone? I’m writing this on Christmas eve. Christmas is not a big event in Turkey (though New Years is), but we have a week off school which is wonderful. We will be having Christmas dinner with new friends Sean and Ruth (Sean is also a new physics … Continue reading Christmas Holidays, Part 1!
It’s been over 3 weeks since my last blog. In my defence, it’s been a very busy time with teaching … anyway, I’d like to tell you about a few trips I have made, and what Dale and I have been up to recently. In my last blog, I said that I had gone on a great trip with friends Henrik and Sevgi along the … Continue reading Exploring Istanbul: Part 2
I’ve had the good fortune to be on a 5-day mid-semester break, including Republic Day and an extra day Nov 2 added on because of the elections. Some people have gone away, but with Dale away in Canada I decided I would stay and explore Istanbul. And that has been wonderful! On the Thursday I went with some of the other new teachers to explore … Continue reading Exploring Istanbul … Part 1
HI all, it’s Dale here and this blog post is about food, as a number of people have expressed interest in the topic. Not that I am a good cook or food connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I will share some eating experiences with you to date. As famous as Turkish delight is, there are many other treats and dishes that are … Continue reading Food!
Hi everyone: this will be a short blog, but I thought I’d tell you about a few things, and I’d like to post as regularly as I can. Dale has plans to do a post focusing on food, which seems to be of interest to many of you. As I said in my last blog, this past week was the Bayram holiday. In addition to going to … Continue reading This and That
I know it’s been nearly two weeks since my last blog post. I have no excuses, except that teaching is busy (of course all of you teachers know that– for those who don’t, try it some time!). But we are now on a week holiday (the 4.5 day Bayram religious holiday). The timing is excellent–I’ve taught for 2 weeks, and having a break now to … Continue reading Gallipoli and Canekkale: Sep 21-22
Well, it must be time for a new blog. Another weekend is here, and I am again sitting on the balcony watching the party boats on the Bosphorus. So a lot has happened over the past week, in particular I have started teaching. I’ll say more about that in a minute. First I want to show you a couple of pictures from a walk we … Continue reading The Teaching Has Begun
Well, I think a new blog post is overdue. I apologize, it’s been a busy week or so with preparations for school (first classes on Monday!). The week has been filled with meetings of various kinds– with my fellow physics teachers, with home group teachers, full faculty meetings, technology meetings, you name it … I know that next year is going to be a lot … Continue reading It’s now September …