Browsing Archives of Author »Asha Tanna«

Flat hunting uphill struggle

September 3, 2015


It has taken almost five weeks to find a flat.  I’ve slotted in viewings between shifts and on every available day off. What a flipin drag!!  I’ve been left fed up, tired and totally disillusioned. There’s no shortage of vacant properties in Istanbul, it’s more because apartments within my budget are decorated with furniture left […]

Hand grenade, gun fire and high heels

August 19, 2015


My job is all about timing. Today was no exception. I left the flat dressed for a presenting shift. Heels, smart clothes, totally inappropriate for what was to unfold.  (Me this evening at 10pm when I got home)  As my taxi hit the seafront outside the Dolmabahce Palace at around 1430 local time, gridlock. Sirens, […]

Singledom in Istanbul

August 18, 2015


Dating at almost 40 should come with a health warning. After things went pear-shaped with the chef (yes pun intended) I wondered whether I would ever meet someone who sought the same things I wanted out of life. I’m still wondering…. The last 18-months on the single scene have been a mixture of fun, excitment, […]

The Hairdressers

August 6, 2015


There is no distance a woman won’t travel to use a good hairdresser. I have a friend who will drive from London to Southampton to get her hair cut. I myself have been using the same guy for the last 20 years. When you put your barnet (cockney for hair) in the hands of a […]

My first week

August 6, 2015


It’s been a baptism of fire trying to get into a routine here. Moving and living in a new city is an entirely different beast to exploring one for fun. The last 18 months have prepared me to hit the ground running so while i feel a bit out of sorts, it probably nothing like […]


August 5, 2015


The plane landed just after quarter past midnight. The lights of the city twinkling under the cover of darkness. As I disembarked the air temperature hit me, 26 degrees….Merhaba, welcome to Istanbul.    I’m not backpacking around Turkey, this time my journey is one way. I’m here to stay. Since getting back from Tanzania my […]

Dynamite Fishing Dar es Salaam

July 13, 2015


Dynamite fishing is big business here. Despite the authorities knowing about this issue, there appears to be little done to stop or mitigate against this activity. The fishermen, I am told, are all “protected” by well connected boat people.   I wasn’t going to be able to do a proper story on this without causing some […]


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