Same old…

There are some places in one’s life. No matter how long you are gone, some places which stay the same along with its roads, its fishing boats, its bakeries and its people.


Yes I see the difference here and there, but Tatlısu, the little village that has been standing there since I was born was still there for me to lay on the beach and feel the cold water of Marmara Sea. To talk to my friends whom I had not seen for 10 years. To curse while riding in the car because of the potholes and tight turns with no protection around the cliff. Or to be baffled that someone has not put a building up yet in a big green space in front of our house. Fish tastes the same. Tea tastes the same. Sea smells the same.

One difference is obvious though. I used to beg every night to my dad for his permission to go out to the cafe which was literally 2 minutes from our house. The curfew was 11 pm and was extended to 12 am after much debate when I was in the university finally.

Now I leave the house at 10 pm and tell my family “not to wait up!” and go to the cafe to enjoy a beer with friends.

Tatlısu is the same but I definitely made some progress in several decades!















  1. by Lan | morestomach
    4:05 pm
    Aug 12, 2014

    yay, an update! i am so glad that you’re enjoying yourself back in Turkey.

    PS. i had a 9pm curfew when i was 21. :)

  2. by Ilke
    1:45 am
    Aug 13, 2014

    9pm! Wow! I guess I should have appreciated 11 pm :)
    Lell, thanks for keeping in touch :)

  3. by Lell Trogdon
    9:57 pm
    Aug 12, 2014

    Magic. Your pictures always stop me in my tracks. Thanks for sharing and enjoy every second!

  4. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    11:02 pm
    Aug 13, 2014

    Gorgeous photos, Ilke, your hometown looks very beautiful. You have me crave for fish at this early morning!

  5. by John@Kitchen Riffs
    11:18 am
    Aug 20, 2014

    Love the photos! Really good. Glad to see the update — thanks.

  6. by rebecca
    11:00 pm
    Aug 30, 2014

    great to see the posts

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