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In December 1995 authors Karen and Ray Gilden found themselves on the receiving end of an offer they couldn't resist—a furnished apartment on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey for one year at just $125 a month. So they quit their jobs, sold their house and car, and flew off to Turkey with two bags each, a laptop computer and a camera.

If you've ever dreamed of ditching the rat race and taking a year off, you'll find inspiration in this charming and humorous series of essays and emails. A delightful memoir of a memorable year.

Praise from readers:

 "Having lived in Turkey for 15 of the last 17 years and considering myself a real Turkophile, I must congratulate you on the grasp and depth of insight you have about the Turkish people, their lifestyle, culture, politics, and religion. Clearly you have worked hard to know and understand them and your affection for them comes through in your writing." —Sheila N.

"I like in particular your accounts of simply living in Turkey as outsiders. You don't pretend to be sudden experts on Turkey, act better than your hosts, or play to your audience of well-fed Westerners. Rather, you come to your subject with curiosity, humility, and a sense of humor." —Sandy R.

"I want you to know how wonderful (and often hilarious) your word pictures are. Sometimes I can see the blue and feel the heat, and most importantly, bask in the luxury of having nothing more pressing to do than choose a cafe for lunch."—Deb S.

"This wonderfully written account of a year living in Turkey provides a mixture of humor, history, insight, and education, along with the Gilden's zen-like philosophy of slowing down and takin in the world around them. It was a joy to read." —Joe C.


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