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Carpetblogger
Istanbul
I am a shepherd
Interests: travel, dogs, central asia, caucasus, cattiness, writing, photography, books, carpets, sovietica, turkania
Recent Activity
We've said it before: we're tired of blogging. We're rarely inspired anymore. We can hardly come up with a thought that's so sophisticated and insightful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Carpetblogger
Sayın Anadolu Agency! When we read the advertisement for English-speaking reporters on your website, we knew we had to apply in One Minute. It would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at Carpetblogger
Dear Carpetblogger: I'm a writer and I will soon arrive in Turkey to cover the Gezi Park protests -- super excited. I haven't been there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Carpetblogger
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In a shocking announcement coming after a weekend visit to Moscow, the foremost chronicler of Devushka Style and the Wikipedia of Slutty Dressing, declared today... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Carpetblogger
A fan suggested the other day that Carpetblog has been too nice lately and that perhaps, due to unspecified reasons, the edge has dulled. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Carpetblogger
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We have been closely following the controversies in which Turkish Airlines has embroiled itself recently: that its proposed new uniforms are ugly, and that it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Carpetblogger
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When not watching Russian dashcam videos, we have been following the European horsemeat scandale with enthusiasm. Despite having had a close relationship with a number... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Carpetblogger
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It's no secret that we have a poorly concealed ladycrush on Georgia. We have written about it frequently, so much so that some of our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Carpetblogger
The availability of kegs and growlers heralds a seismic shift in party-having!
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In the event that an Istanbul expat doesn't want to go out to eat Turkish food -- something that is extremely unlikely because everyone agrees... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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Turkey's Great Leader recently floated the idea of the "Lira Zone," a TL-based currency bloc alternative to the Euro Zone. Finally! Turkey has a leader... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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Calling Istanbul the Whitest City in the World is probably unfair to some city in Ukraine but if you've ever danced at a Turkish wedding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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Were you as sad as we were to hear that Cafe Euro, the only source of legitimate Georgian food in Istanbul, had closed? Well, little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Carpetblogger
Dear Carpetblogger: I recently read an article with that exact headline and I got worried! Is a minority attempting to use legislation to limit the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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Dear Carpetblogger: Wow, it's super hot in Istanbul in July. I am looking for a cool way to hang out with my friends, avoid the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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Dear Carpetblogger: I know that Istanbul is the bridge between East and West and I love Orhan Pamuk. I would love to get a cool... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at Carpetblogger
There is no horse so dead it cannot be beaten a bit harder, but you might have heard that it's hard to get authentic non-Turkish... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Carpetblogger
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If you follow the US news, you might be aware that war has been declared on women, contraception and, in general, common sense. If you... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Carpetblogger
One thousand apologies to McSweeny's for ripping off its post, Airline Passengers as Explained by Their Pants, but it was too America-centric for our taste.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Carpetblogger
Bulent! Sign us up! Show us what you can do! People are interested!
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Among our favorite hobbies here at Carpetblog is ranting about Istanbul's lack of ethnic restaurants. After years of listening to easily disputable claims of Istanbul... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Carpetblogger
Ooo roy, good question. I'm going to crowdsource it and get back to you. Anything special we need to know about your MIL?
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Dear Carpetblogger, The Eurocup 2012 soccer tournament in Ukraine this year is finding that they have sold only half the tickets they should have by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Carpetblogger
Then follow @carpetblogger1 on Twitter. You probably won't regret it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Carpetblogger
Stagha -- Thanks! But that sounds like a serious question, the type that might be better answered by people who have/know/like kids. I could certainly make some stuff up, but I don't want to feel responsible for some big therapy bills coming your way. Personally, I am a huge fan of child labor. I think they should pay their way, support the homestead, if you will. If I were you I would join the fourms on the expat bulletin board www.sublimeportal.com There are lots of folks there who can tell you what's what on this topic. Good luck!