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Since we came back to Istanbul, we are trying to settle and the house still is a madhouse. But on the other hand, we enjoy the sun, drinking delicious tea during hours while looking to the blue of the sea, the friendship of fluffy street cats, breakfast with crunchy simit (Turkish bagel), being spoilt by mom treats…etc.

This time the new year came to us with new plans, challenges and good surprises. Meantime, Santa also is very busy and keeps visiting us everyday. (Oh yes, he is still around). He brings us  packages full of love and care from special friends.

First from Ankara, from Tülin

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Then from Izmir from Depressive Bear

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And today from Istanbul, from Eda

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Dear friends, thank you all for being there, for your love and care! You enlightened our week!

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Happy New Year 2014

Happy new year everyone!

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We are living in London since two years and every week we are visiting or discovering a new place in this city but there are still plenty of places we didn’t visit yet. Geffrye Museum where we’ve been yesterday was one of them. That’s why, when we were leaving the house we decided to be there two hours earlier then the event and visit the museum also.

Geffrye Museum is located at Kingsland Road no:136, in a beautiful building with a big garden and is a perfect place to see diffrent styles of British living, decorations and furnitures of different periods since 1630.

Because of the christmas, each room was decorated with the ornaments and style of the period and again beacuse of the British tradition of keeping the christmas decorations until the Twelfth Night of Christmas, we could have the chance to see them yesterday and then to be part of the one of the oldest British christmas traditions which is burning the holly and the ivy to avoid the bad luck.

After celebrating the Twelfth Night with carols, mulled wine and cake around the fire, the smell of the fire made us feel hungry for a Turkish barbecue and we found ourselves at Mangal, the smallest and the first restaurant of the chain at Arcola Street no:10 in Dalston. Yummy!

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Today we had a short walk by the Regent’s Canal to the Geffrye Museum to be part of an old British tradition which we learned from the Book of Christmas: burning holly and ivy on Twelfth Night of Christmas to avoid the bad luck.

When we first arrived there, the big garden of the Geffrye Museum was ready for the event. The Twelfth Night cakes and mulled wine on the tables decorated with candles, the place of the fire, the little scene for the band.

When it was getting dark, the garden was packed by people. When the time arrived we ended up by eating Twelfth Night cake, drinking mulled wine and singing christmas carols around the fire all together with the lyrics of the carrols on our hands. Farewell to christmas and another well lived day in our little kingdom.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

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This morning a lovely and smiling postlady brought a big package from Eda.

Inside a colorful and lovely gift wrap, there were lots of surprises: a vintage style cushion cover, a christmas tree ornament, a film for watching in long winter evenings and a caaat bookmark! Wooow!

Dear Eda, thank you for all and happy new year!

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Since two years we are going to watch the Peter Pan Cup swimming race on Christmas Day morning at Serpentine in Hyde Park. It’s nice to walk early morning in empty London streets and then to watch Serpentine Swimming Club’s yearly tradition.

Waking up at five o’clock to be there on time (because on Christmas day there isn’t any public transportation and there are only few black cubs on duty) and getting out in a dark and cold winter  morning, is not looking so sympathic maybe but enjoying the emptiness and the silence of the streets, having fresh winter morning air in Hyde Park, receiving candies as Christmas Day treats from Santa who is waiting us in Serpentine, listening the bagpipe which is announcing the beginning of the race, watching the bravehearts jumping in the ice cold brown waters of Serpentine, is quite a good experience for two foreigners who live in London.

This year, the race was as successful as last year’s. But this year, when the swimmers were out of the water and running to the mulled wine for heating their purple bodies, we were as wet as they were because of the rain which is quite surprising thing in our little kingdom.

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