Hoş Geldiniz – Welcome To Archers

If you are newly arrived here at Archers Of Okçular it is probably a mistake! If English or Türkçe is your native language then I bet you ‘Googled’ something about archery – the bows and arrows stuff. So, why are you here and not there?

Stay with me a moment because I will explain and you just might find that this quirky blog about living these past 18 years in this amazing country called Turkey can be a bit addictive!

archer1Traditional Horse Archery is alive and well in Turkey

Why ‘Archers of Okçular’? Well, in Turkish an ‘ok’ (pronounced ‘ock’) is an arrow; an ‘okçu’ (okchew) is an archer and ‘okçular’ (okchewlar) is a group of archers. The village where I live is called Okçular or Archers in English!

There is a saying here in Turkey, ‘Burası Türkiye!’ – ‘This is Turkey!’ and it is used whenever some situation amazes you, drives you crazy, leaves you exasperated or makes you laugh with delight. We say it a lot as we live, love and travel this wonderful country with its wonderful, kind people!

Okçular (and Turkey) is an incredibly bio-diverse place – if you love the natural environment there is no more stimulating place to be and I blog and photograph it a lot. You can join in through these posts.

If you actually arrived here hunting for archers/archery then this post might interest you.

A Note On Navigating This Blog

I hate clutter! This theme is minimalist to please me and, if you are not a geeky type, to frustrate you as you try to find the various pages and social media links.

The pages are easy – they can be found by clicking the funny squirly things under the blog title – hover over them and they will light up and take you to interesting factual stuff about the village and the Book Project we do with the village school. You can also purchase the walking and cycling guide books using secure PayPal and have them sent anywhere around the world. All of the income goes towards projects with the village children – not a single penny is taken for profit/expenses.

Social media stuff and a list of recent posts can be found by clicking on the three bars in the top right corner of the page – this will give you a fly-out full of links where you can ‘friend’ me on Facebook, see my videos on Vimeo, connect with my Flickr feed or join me on Pinterest.

So, if you are still here having read all that guff then it’s time to go click that three-bar thing at the top right – you’ll find a list of the recent posts to get you started. If you like some of the stuff, then why not subscribe and get new post notifications directly. You just might discover that there is more to Archers than archery!

Alan

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