2  Breaking Free           (Sorry, no photos for 'Hooked')

3   Home, Sweet Home?

8   Navigating blind

10   Polly, Terri, and...

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2  Breaking free...  (Sorry, no photos for chapter 1)

My sweet little home in the Minnesota north woods. You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey; annmariemershon.com, https://mershon.wordpress.com/

My sweet little home in the Minnesota north woods

Susie, Nona and me, farewell party, chap 2, You must only to love them

Friends Susie and Nona with me on a farewell pontoon ride.

My canine side-kick and my carry-on in Amsterdam, annmariemershon.com

My canine side-kick guards my carry-on in Amsterdam

With friends Susie and Annie the night before leaving, Grand Marais, MN: annmariemerrshon.com

With friends Susie and Annie the night before leaving

3  Home, sweet home

The Koç School's formidable security gate

Friendly police by the Welcome to Asia sign

A first-class entrance for a first-class school

 Overlooking the student commons and front building

The entrance to my apartment

My first living room

Jana on my balcony

4  Bus or Taxi?

Entrance to the Nilya B&B

Airport security loving up Libby

Libby and me in the Nilya courtyard

Jana in the Nilya courtyard

The Nilya--rooms, Selçuk, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Nilya--rooms

Common sights in Selçuk: kittens and yogurt planters, Selçuk Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Common sights in Selçuk: kittens and yogurt planters

Jana ponders antiquity on an ancient toilet.

Jana, Libby  and I at the Ephesus library

A Selçuk resident tidies up dead flower petals on the street.

Jana braves the Aegean waves at Selçuk

Turks large and small were fascinated with Libby. annmariemershon.com

Turks large and small were fascinated with Libby.

A Selçuk gentleman urges his burrow to town. annmariemershon.com

A Selçuk gentleman urges his burrow to town.

Libby and I revel in the magic of Şirince's stone streets. Turkey, annmariemershon.com

Libby and I revel in the magic of Şirince's stone streets.

This amazing man carved spoons at Şirince day in and day out.This amazing man carved spoons at Şirince day in and day out. annmariemershon.com

This amazing man carved spoons at Şirince day in and day out.

6   And we do not allow dogs.

The Grand Bazaar's main entrance is indeed grand. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Grand Bazaar's main entrance is indeed grand.

The Anatolian Carpet display outside the Grand Bazaar's main gate is always impressive. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Anatolian Carpet display outside the Grand Bazaar's main gate is always impressive.

Colorful ceramics abound in the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Colorful ceramics abound in the Grand Bazaar.

Textiles are displayed ceiling high in the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Textiles are displayed ceiling high in the Grand Bazaar.

It's easy to get lost in the Grand Bazaar's maze of streets. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemeshon.com

It's easy to get lost in the Grand Bazaar's maze of streets.

Selçuk and Ann Marie display his thousand-dollar silk carpet. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Selçuk and Ann Marie display his thousand-dollar silk carpet.

7   A cistern and a mosque

Thank goodness Istanbul boasts some Starbuck's coffee shops. annmariemershon.com

Thank goodness Istanbul boasts some Starbuck's coffee shops.

The cascading domes in the Blue Mosque are a sight to behold. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The cascading domes in the Blue Mosque are a sight to behold.

Who knew the Blue Mosque wasn't really blue? Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Who knew the Blue Mosque wasn't really blue?

The kind Turks were always willing to offer their help with directions, whether right or wrong. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The kind Turks were always willing to offer their help with directions, whether right or wrong.

The roof of the Blue House Restaurant offers a stunning view  of the Blue Mosque. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The roof of the Blue House Restaurant offers a stunning view
of the Blue Mosque.

The Basilica Cistern's brick domes and varied columns fascinated us. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Basilica Cistern's brick domes and varied columns fascinated us.

The Basilica Cistern is my favorite Istanbul site, often missed by tourists. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Basilica Cistern is my favorite Istanbul site, often missed by tourists.

8   Navigating blind

An inside view of a city mini-bus, with others lined up alongside. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

An inside view of a city mini-bus, with others lined up alongside.

The ferries across the Bosphorus were a part of my life in Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The ferries across the Bosphorus were a part of my life in Istanbul.

Each minibus driver had his own system for gathering fares, often passed forward by passengers. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Each minibus driver had his own system for gathering fares, often passed forward by passengers.

9   Groceries: no easy business

My young friend, Uygar Yilmaz, told me "You must only to love them." He was right. Turkey, annmariemershon

My young friend, Uygar Yilmaz, told me "You must only to love them." He was right.

SNOWY'S MARKET, Kurtköy, was our nearest grocery store. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

SNOWY'S MARKET, Kurtköy, was our nearest grocery store.

10  Polly, Terri, and...

Marc, Polly and I toast to a great year at the Koç School. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Marc, Polly and I toast to a great year at the Koç School.

Polly and I explored the city, meeting new people everywhere.

Polly models a tribal piece intended for a doorway. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Polly models a tribal piece intended for a doorway.

Polly and I loved exploring Istanbul, and discovering new friends. Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Ann Marie and Terri relax after a Sunday brunch on Heybiliada. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Ann Marie and Terri relax after a Sunday brunch on Heybiliada.

Terri and Polly stand on the crowded ferry to the Princes' Islands. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Terri and Polly stand on the crowded ferry to the Princes' Islands

How could we resist a carriage ride on the Princes' Islands? Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

How could we resist a carriage ride on the Princes' Islands?

Our carriage driver on Heybiliada—no cars allowed on the Princes Islands. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Our carriage driver on Heybiliada—no cars allowed on the Princes Islands.

11   Raise your hand if you understand

A bevy of mini-busses transport Koç students across Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

A bevy of mini-busses transport Koç students across Istanbul.

Koç School offers student housing for students from outside Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Koç School offers student housing for students from outside Istanbul.

12   Ezgi, Kadır, Eren, Gözde...

Some of my gregarious ninth graders—delightful kids. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Some of my gregarious ninth graders—delightful kids.

A pale Ann Marie poses with her beautiful students. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

A pale Ann Marie poses with her beautiful students.

Koç students enjoy their enviable glass commons area. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Koç students enjoy their enviable glass commons area.

13   Thank you, service busses

Eggs (yumurta) abound in Turkey's street markets. Istanbul: annmariemershon.com

Eggs (yumurta) abound in Turkey's street markets.

Kurtköy merchants eagerly await shoppers in the street market. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Kurtköy merchants eagerly await shoppers in the street market.

This gorgeous fellow is proud of his monster cabbages. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

This gorgeous fellow is proud of his monster cabbages.

These spunky boys had come straight from school in their blue school smocks. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

These spunky boys had come straight from school in their blue school smocks.

14 Don't Go!

These spunky boys had come straight from school in their blue school smocks.

Polly's farewell party at a fine Kurtköy restaurant. Goodbye, good friend.

I moved into Polly's apartment, warmer colors, happier me. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

I moved into Polly's apartment, warmer colors, happier me.

My Koç campus kitchen, small but efficient. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

My Koç campus kitchen, small but efficient.

My apartment resounded with sheep bells from this pasture. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

My apartment resounded with sheep bells from this pasture.

14   Don't go!

15   Discovering Jamilah

Checking out my 'free silk carpet' on my bed. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Checking out my 'free silk carpet' on my bed.

My friend Jamilah knew how to connect with rug merchants. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

My friend Jamilah knew how to connect with rug merchants.

Our Antalya waiter offers a platter of raw fish to choose from. Antalya, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Our Antalya waiter offers a platter of raw fish to choose from.

Little Madison, Me and Jamilah clowning before lunch. Antalya, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Little Madison, Me and Jamilah clowning before lunch.

Can any beach be as stunning as this Antalya beach? Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Can any beach be as stunning as this Antalya beach?

We Koç teachers enjoyed a day cruise on the Mediterranean. Antalya, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

We Koç teachers enjoyed a day cruise on the Mediterranean.

An Antalya cruising vessel returns to port at sunset. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

An Antalya cruising vessel returns to port at sunset.

A group of American friends waiting hungrily for the Iftar dinner. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

A group of American friends waiting hungrily for the Iftar dinner.

16   What's an Edda Tour?

Mehdi Bey demonstrates an age-old loom in the Valide Han. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Mehdi Bey demonstrates an age-old loom in the Valide Han.

Edda Weissenbacher explains an ancient site in Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Edda Weissenbacher explains an ancient site in Istanbul.

Well-fed cats adorn the streets and graveyards of Istanbul. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Well-fed cats adorn the streets and graveyards of Istanbul.

Jewelry workers imbed their work on wax handles as they repair or create these works of art. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Jewelry workers imbed their work on wax handles as they repair or create these works of art.

Revel in the many gold displays in the Çuhaci Han,  Grand Bazaar. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Revel in the many gold displays in the Çuhaci Han,
Grand Bazaar.

You'll find silver in the Kalcilar Han, Grand Bazaar. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

You'll find silver in the Kalcilar Han, Grand Bazaar.

Silversmiths file silver cup holders  in the workshop of Aruş Taş, Kalcılar Han. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Silversmiths file silver cup holders
in the workshop of Aruş Taş, Kalcılar Han.

Edda impresses her tour participants with a trip to  the rooftop of the Valide Han for a spectacular view. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Edda impresses her tour participants with a trip to
the rooftop of the Valide Han for a spectacular view.

Edda Ann Marie marvels at the rooftop view and  the cacophany of müezzins chanting the call to prayer. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Edda Ann Marie marvels at the rooftop view and
the cacophany of müezzins chanting the call to prayer.

17  The horror of exams

Every Koç student carries a pencil bag, especially for exams. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Every Koç student carries a pencil bag, especially for exams.

Turkish students take exams very seriously, except for the charming young man in the back corner. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Turkish students take exams very seriously, except for the charming young man in the back corner.

18 That infernal language

This was my language bible: Teach Yourself Turkish. Turkey, annmariemershon.com

This was my language bible: Teach Yourself Turkish.

19  Feeling Feted

Jamilah, John Richardson and Ann Marie decked out  for the big Teacher's Day gala. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Jamilah, John Richardson and Ann Marie decked out
for the big Teacher's Day gala.

Teachers Alanna, Leah and John Clemens pose happily.

Gosh, was Ann Marie having a good time or what? Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Gosh, was Ann Marie having a good time or what?

Jamilah, Terri, Robert and Lisa, gleeful teachers all! Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Jamilah, Terri, Robert and Lisa, gleeful teachers all!

20 Improvisation 101

This goofy bird graced the Koç Thanksgiving buffet table. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

This goofy bird graced the Koç Thanksgiving buffet table.

Teachers line up, eager for the Thanksgiving feast. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Teachers line up, eager for the Thanksgiving feast.

Teachers from across the globe enjoyed the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner—YUM! Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Teachers from across the globe enjoyed the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner—YUM!

21 Christmas? Here?

Talented teachers performed Christmas Carols to start the evening at the Paulus's home. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Talented teachers performed Christmas Carols to start the evening at the Paulus's home.

Dan and Lisa, Canadians, belted out "Baby, It's Cold Outside," even though it wasn't. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Dan and Lisa, Canadians, belted out "Baby, It's Cold Outside," even though it wasn't.

Ayşe put out a delectable array of Christmas mezes  before dinner, our third stop. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Ayşe put out a delectable array of Christmas mezes
before dinner, our third stop.

Mollie cavorts in a Santa cap at the Social Center, where teachers and staff celebrate the holiday. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Mollie cavorts in a Santa cap at the Social Center, where teachers and staff celebrate the holiday.

After dinner everyone gathered at Jale's home for a gift exchange and dancing. Marnie scored a nargile—a water pipe. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Director Tony contemplates his gift of rakı,  the famed Turkish liqueur. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

After dinner everyone gathered at Jale's home for a gift exchange and dancing. Marnie scored a nargile—a water pipe.

John dons his new Fenerbahçe scarf as the dancing begins. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

John dons his new Fenerbahçe scarf as the dancing begins.

Director Tony contemplates his gift of rakı,
the famed Turkish liqueur.

22 New Year's a la Turka

The once luxurious Çamlik hotel still charms us at Termal. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The once luxurious Çamlık hotel still charms us at Termal.

Termal's thermal pool beside the ancient tourist hamam. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Termal's thermal pool beside the ancient tourist hamam.

The Çamlık's tables adorned for a New Year's Gala. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

The Çamlık's tables adorned for a New Year's Gala.

Friends Deidre and Ann Marie await their sumptuous meal. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Friends Deidre and Ann Marie await their sumptuous meal.

A Roman candle on the dinner table? WHAT???? Turkey: annmariemershon.com

A Roman candle on the dinner table? WHAT????

A Turkish Santa joined the dancing at Midnight. Turkey: annmariemershon.com

A Turkish Santa joined the dancing at Midnight.

23  A Diabolical System

Our only consolations for the horrific exam moderation were the culinary rewards. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Our only consolations for the horrific exam moderation were the culinary rewards.

Our only consolations for the horrific exam moderation were the culinary rewards. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

24  The dreaded pink slip

Here's my Christmas package— paid for with four hours of travel and wait time. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com

Here's my Christmas package—
paid for with four hours of travel and wait time.

25  Tokyo via Madrid

Mayu's mother Naoe prepares dinner at the table. Japan: annmariemershon.com

Mayu's mother Naoe prepares dinner at the table.

The Suzuki family poses over one of many fabulous meals. Japan: annmariemershon.com

The Suzuki family poses over one of many fabulous meals.

Mayu guided me on a tour of Kyoto's many fabulous shrines. Japan: annmariemershon

Mayu guided me on a tour of Kyoto's many fabulous shrines.

 Japan's foods are spectacularly delicious. Japan: annmariemershon.com

 Japan's foods are spectacularly delicious.

I was blown away by the many toilet control touch-pads. Japan: annmariemershon.com

I was blown away by the many toilet control touch-pads.

The sushi I loved. The snails not so much. Japan: annmariemershon.com

The sushi I loved. The snails not so much.

I adored Mayu's family and was charmed by her tiny grandmother. Of course, I'm tall. Japan: annmariemershon.com

I adored Mayu's family and was charmed by
her tiny grandmother. Of course, I'm tall.

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