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!

My story

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.



14 thoughts on “About

  1. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


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