(Yesterday, August 16, 2016, I published this article as a draft; today it has been copy-edited and expanded.)
After five years in Istanbul, we continue to learn how much there is still to discover here. Now we have been to the Asian borough of Beykoz. Much of what we saw there was rural, and the topography and flora reminded me of Appalachia. I have nothing to say about the poverty and ignorance that might be suggested by this term; for me, Appalachia was always a locus for holidays, mostly at my late uncle’s place in West Virginia, but also in the form of bicycle tours. Travelling now to Beykoz,
take me home, to the place I belong! We got there by public bus from our European borough of Şişli.