This memoir will transport you to Istanbul, where I taught English to high school students, explored their world, and fell in love with their country.

A Turkish friend had advised me , "You must only to love them" when I asked how to manage the exhuberant Turkish youth.

He was right—I couldn't help but love them.


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Miss Libby, my sidekick, waits patiently in her case to board our flight to Istanbul: annmariemershon.com
Miss Libby, my sidekick, waits patiently in her case to board our flight to Istanbul.
Welcome to Asia, annmariemershon.com
Policing the Asian Side for the Istanbul Marathon
The Koç School in Istanbul is an amazing facility: annmariemershon.com
I was amazed at the size of the Koç High School;
this is only the front half.
Ann Marie poses with a few of her Koç School ninth graders: Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Me with a couple of lovely ninth graders
My friend Jana gazes out over the Koç housing complex to the hills of Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com
My friend Jana gazes out over the housing complex to the hills of Istanbul.
Libby and Ann Marie dine overlooking the Blue Mosque, Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Libby and I pose in a rooftop restaurant beside the famous Blue Mosque. Oh, my!
Who would have thought Turkey would produce so much SNOW! Termal at Yalova, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Me and Phil hefting a Termal snowball.
Edda Weissenbacher guides small groups on walking tours of Sultanahmet. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Edda guiding us to an Istanbul rooftop view
Istanbul's Koç students take testing seriously. I could feel the tension in the room. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Many diligent test-takers at Koç
Ann Marie takes advantage of a slanted marble slab to pose at Perge, near Antalya, Turkey. annmariemershon.com
Posing among the columns at Perge, near Antalya
Cappadocia features thousands of fascinating rock formations, including this fairy chimney. Turkey: annmariemershon.com
An artful view of a fairy chimney in Cappadocia
Koç High School students donned blackout glasses to view the solar eclipse in Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Deniz, Naz, me and Iraz watching the eclipse.
My niece Laura enjoyed Libby as much as I did during our travels through Turkey: Yahşibey, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
My niece Laura snuggles Libby in Yahşibey.
Ann Marie and Edda pose after agreeing to collaborate on a guidebook of Edda's tours. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
I pose with Edda in front of the Süleymaniye gate.
What's a trip to the Dead Sea wihtout getting slathered in its salty spa-mud? Jordan: annmariemershon.com
Allana, Mollie and Leslie cavort in Dead Sea mud.
The main hall at Robert College adorned for Ataturk's birthday. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Robert College's Gould Hall on Ataturk Day
Even Istanbul has its snowfalls, though rare. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Libby waits to show me the way after a snowstorm.
Istanbul's Tulip festival is beyond compare, especially at Emirgan Park. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Tulips abound in Emirgan Park.