Making do(ugh) and other things you do far, far from New York City

6 Dec

When you are living abroad, one of the rules for happiness is to not focus on what you do not have. I am not talking in an existential way. I mean Luna bars, doughnuts, Glide dental floss, that sort of thing.


We are extremely lucky to have access to our small commissary and BX here in Ankara. It keeps us stocked with things that other expat drool over like: wine, cheddar cheese, bacon, syrup, sour cream, and oreos. (Seriously, who knew sour cream was so sought after.) And occasionally we get goodies like Zing Zang and Dr. Pepper 10!

But, sometimes what you have just isn’t enough. I asked a friend to bring donuts back from Munich, where she was traveling on business. And this past weekend, pushed to the brink, my friend Susan (yes, another Susan), who grew up in New Jersey and lived for years in New York, made bagels.


Yes, she made those. And they were good. Really good. She said she learned how to make them when they lived in Bucharest, but only makes them out when she really needs them.

You can take the girl out of New York…


5 Responses to “Making do(ugh) and other things you do far, far from New York City”

  1. Donna Gillespie December 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Where are the hannukkah photos?

    • mkmz2873 December 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      Coming…Waiting until I can send them all. Dyl opened shield yesterday- loved it. Ella opened movie tonight-also loved it.

      • Donna Gillespie January 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

        We need updates on the blog! Who’s the blogger responsible for this? You would think she had a real job?

      • mkmz2873 January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

        Working on it! : )


  1. Making Amends and Starting Anew (even if I am a month late) « inankara - January 31, 2013

    […] is only appropriate that my last post was Making Do(ugh) since this morning Susan invited me over to learn how to make bagels.  I reciprocated by teaching […]

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