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Posted on Apr 25, 2014

From Murder to Love Affair- Our New Turkish Apartment Home-  Holiday Lettings Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

From Murder to Love Affair- Our New Turkish Apartment Home- Holiday Lettings Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

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So, we get an email confirming our stay at Holiday Letting’s Pashas House and think, “if the Muslims don’t kill us, this should be nice.” You know we’ve had My Muslim Mother, fear of Islamic terrorism, hating missionaries, and this blog’s most famous post about knowing nothing, all which has shaken up everything we know. And still, we were wary. What if the residents live with us? Can we be our loud shameless selves or do we need to tiptoe and try to scream at the kids in low-Hebrew tones so that they won’t know we’re Israeli/American Jews and murder us?

Deep breath.

Angels have kept us safe so far, and thus they will continue to, and yet, we didn’t expect our hosts to be the very angels we hoped would wrap us in their pearly-white featured sanctuary. Welcome to Holiday Letting’s Pashas House and all that we never expected.

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From the minute the taxi dropped us off, we felt love. The minute.

Ali meets us in the street and insists on doing everything to help. He carries our bag, helps us upstairs, and assists in settling down. He shows us around the neighborhood, takes us to get the SIM card we need, to buy bread, and to eat lunch. Later, we meet Barbaros. Barbaros is a whole new level of human love.

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He invites us to teas, then dinner, then lunch. He makes Kobi his first Turkish coffee and  buys (and insists that we can’t repay him) medicine and a brace for Kobi’s sprained ankle.

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Later, Barbaros and Ali help Kobi work out our road trip route, do our laundry, and ready for this…..

Ali sees that Dahnya is a bit under-dressed one night when he takes the girls over to meet Kobi and Orazi at Barbaros [delish!] Turkish fish restaurant. And so, what does he do? In true and proper form, he brings her a jacket and insists that it’s a gift.

And when Kobi shares with Ali and Barbaros that he had surgery here and this injury there, Ali runs to get something and they both bless him, and then me, as they put on us the ultimate protection and another true sign of friendship and love.

You know, we have a lot to say about the apartments suites we lived in at Pashas House. We have tons to say about the artwork covering every inch with culture and tradition.

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We have loads to say about being in a local neighborhood and the park across the street where Orazi almost got punched out by the fat Turkish bully girl, and the local fruit stand under our house, and the BIM corner grocery store across the street. 

But all of that real-estate and material pleasure pales in comparison of our son “sleeping with the enemy” (I’ll tell you about it soon) and us falling in love from those we were marginally sure would kill us. Life is funny and wondrous that way.

Going to take a nap. Our Turkish hilltop sunrise was glorious and I’m into listening to my inner self, and she, yes, she wants to nap.

Ever thought the enemy would become the love affair? Ever been blessed by a local with protection and love? Ever had your kid almost beaten up by a playground bully even though neither spoke the other’s tongue?

Smile. I’m being super antisocial, no, innersocial is what I am, and absolutely loving it!

Gabi

You can see our first Turkish home with Holiday Lettings Pashas House for yourself. And… ARE YOU READY?

Owner Barbaros was so delighted by the way we lead our life and inspire others and was so overjoyed to be a part of that magic that he said anyone who contacts him and says they came because of  The Nomadic Family, he’ll give them 20% off their rental. God, how did we find these angels.

So, we have nothing but ‘thank you’s’ and admiration for our new Turkish friends who hosted us so remarkably. Should you be in Istanbul and desire to feel that magic, go to Holiday Lettings Pashas House and when you communicate with Barbaros let him know that you know us and he’ll set you up. Life really is good.

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If you enjoyed this post that breaks prejudices and stereotypes, I think you will adore:

My Muslim Mother- Cambodia

Where I was Sure the Muslims Would Kill Us- Malaysia

I Know Nothing and 99 Other Things the World has Taught Me

I Hate Missionaries and Other Thoughts About Sexuality

Heroes, Angels, and Friends- Singapore

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About the Author: 

Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now third year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, and hiked the entire Annapurna Circuit trek where a film crew accompanied them for the documentary movie about how The Nomadic Family is redefining modern family life. They are now spending six months in Goa, India. Gabi writes about the untold sides of family travel life, those moments that take your breath away, adventures and mishaps while globetrotting, and how bits of her soul remain in this small town and off the side of that river. She is a guitar-stumming, energy-healing, ADHD wind-loving scaredy cat. Hugely romantic, tantalizingly sweet, and hysterically funny, Gabi Klaf represents a rare Rubik’s Cube of family world adventure.

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We’re out doing crazy stuff and making our dreams come true, every single one of them, and a few more that sort of flew into our mouths while we were smiling into the wind. Should you like what we are doing as a family, BUY AN EBOOK to support us, share this, tell any media source or local newspaper, leave a comment. Your footprint makes all the difference in the world friends. Gracias!

Gabi and Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai

And, sweet new news loves:  In addition to parenting, family life and trauma therapy, Gabi is now offering Make Your Dreams Come True/We Wanna Travel But.. Coaching too. Engage with Gabi!

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  1. Hai mam am Abraham wer r u nw? in turkey?hw is ur helth? ru ok nw? Ok next year will meet again. If ur using in facebook plz add me ok.in my prayer time I’ll remember you and ur family.jehova will bless u from the ZION.

  2. The only time I’ve been to Turkey was when we went to my brother’s wedding. He got married in Ankara. We then stopped over in Istanbul for a couple of days. Now, there’s a city. Glad you’re enjoying it too.

  3. How lovely! Looking forward to reading more about your time in Turkey.

  4. Turkey is on our wish list and staying in an apartment seems like a great way to experience the culture. I’m glad you felt welcomed.

  5. Hi Gabi! So glad you’re loving Turkey! We only had a couple of weeks there last year, but it quickly became one of my favorite countries. And you can be sure we’re staying with Barbaros at Holiday Lettings Pashas House on our next trip to Istanbul!

  6. Barbaros sounds like the ultimate Turkish ambassador. Sounds like your Turkish adventures are off to a great start.

  7. Istanbul is wonderful. Have a few pieces of baklava for me – the place kitty-corner the exit of the cisterns is incredible!! Stay safe and have fun!

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