I am originally from San Antonio, Texas, and I also lived in the Washington, DC area for about 10 years before moving to Istanbul with my Turkish husband in 2006.
My husband and I are both psychologists by training, but neither of us worked in the field. He was a scientist and I was a human resources manager when we lived in the US. After moving to Istanbul, we wanted to do something different. Until we decided to buy this building and renovate it into studios for guests, we did freelance translation and editing work, which we still do periodically.
It took almost a year, but we have finally finished renovating this old house to turn it into 7 studio apartments, and we look forward to meeting and hosting new people here in Istanbul!