This blog is about living and loving across a cultural divide, and all the madness that goes with it.
Why I started this blog
I’m an English girl engaged to a wonderful Turkish boy, living in Istanbul. I started this blog because I wanted to connect with other members of the Intercultural Love Club. For the uninitiated, this means anyone in a relationship with someone from a different country or culture. I’ve always found comfort and humour in the writing of fellow members – particularly those who are, like me, in relationships with Turkish men. But it turns out that (obviously), most cross-cultural partnerships share the same challenges and joys. So whether you’re in one, write a blog about yours, or you’re just generally curious, please stop by to say hello!
A twenty-something redhead, I hail originally from the UK. For the last three years, I’ve been dividing my time between the UK, where I usually work, and Istanbul, where my heart resides. E and I met by chance in the shadow of the Aya Sofia, and we haven’t looked backed since (read more about our story here).
I spend my days working for an international humanitarian and development organisation (if you’re from the UK, chances are you’ll know it, but I won’t name it here), specialising in advocacy and campaigning. I’ve just started a new job in Istanbul, and am trying to balance that with adjusting to a new city and planning a cross-cultural wedding.
You can read some more about me and where I come from here too.
Why a nom de plume?
I write under a nom de plume because it’s just easier this way. Maybe it’s cowardly, but I want this to be my space to write what I like, and changing my name is the best way to protect the ones I love.