Middle East

Lonelily

I think I’m getting old. Five years ago, I sauntered off to Bangladesh without a care in the world. Sure, it was tough in all sorts of ways, living as the only foreigner in a tiny town, but I stuck out almost two years of it without too much trouble. I don’t remember being particularly … Continue reading

Middle East / Turkey

Turkish soap operas are changing the world

I’ve always been fascinated by the purported power of pop culture to change society, whether that be evolution of pop music in 1960s London or the influence of Mexican telenovelas across the Spanish-speaking world. So it’s no surprise that I love (sorry, that should read LOVE) Turkish soap operas. Admittedly, I don’t understand a huge amount … Continue reading