A Journey To Turkey’s Georgian Monasteries

Posted on Sep 23, 2017 in Culture, Turkey | One Comment
A Journey To Turkey’s Georgian Monasteries

Most of the wonderful places in the world are ones we’ll only ever experience through articles and pictures. No matter how fortunate or flexible you are, there will always be destinations that are too obscure or too complicated to get to; I have lists and lists of places like this, and I revel in the […]

August 2017

Posted on Sep 3, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | 2 Comments
August 2017

It’s frustrating that again I’ve managed to go a whole month without writing any posts. August felt like playing a lot of catch-up, which barely left me time for personal writing. But this month began in Albania and closed out in Turkey, which was exactly where I wanted to be. Let’s hope I have a […]

July 2017

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in Monthly | 2 Comments
July 2017

This month has been jam-packed, mostly because I only had three weeks between my US trip and my current Albania trip and had a lot of things to fit in! I feel like summer has absolutely flown by… hopefully it will stay warm into the autumn in Istanbul this year, so I can stretch out […]

“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 11 Comments
“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

When I was in Tunisia in May, my friend Danielle and I went to a small island called Djerba to do stories about an annual Jewish pilgrimage. We were staying in a very nice, very beautiful hotel in the town of Erriadh, walking distance from the oldest synagogue in Africa and the central location for […]

June 2017

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
June 2017

I’ve gone this whole month without a single blog post. I don’t like to do that, but it’s been another busy month, and I firmly believe in prioritizing my present tense as much as possible. It’s one of those months where I ended up traveling halfway around the world– but, lucky me, it started and […]

May 2017

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May 2017

This month was amazing, mostly because of my travels in Tunisia and the splendid feeling of returning home to Istanbul. I’ve been so overwhelmed with joy recently; it’s a nice contrast to last May, when I felt much more like I was flailing. Best Of The Month The biggest highlight of the month was easily […]

On Travel, Home, and Balance

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 4 Comments
On Travel, Home, and Balance

Recently I was gushing to my friend Masha about how happy I was to be back in my apartment in Istanbul surrounded by my plants, and how thrilling it felt to fall back into my routine of work and coffee dates around Kadikoy. “Weren’t you just complaining about being stuck in Istanbul?” She was right. […]

Lake Ohrid and A Return To Joy

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Macedonia, Personal | 4 Comments
Lake Ohrid and A Return To Joy

Simone and I sat above the Church of St. John of Kaneo as the sky streaked pink and violet and the lake glittered in the gloaming and we said nothing. Silence can be a weight, an unwelcome and uncomfortable presence… or it can be lightness, the sound of pure contentment. As we watched the sun […]

April 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | 2 Comments
April 2017

April is always one of my favorite months: it’s when spring finally kicks into gear, the tulips blooms, and I have plenty of excuses to celebrate. This month was no exception. Best Of The Month My birthday was this month! It was a big one, and I wanted it to be special. So I planned […]

My Favorite Building In Skopje Is A Brutalist Post Office

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 in Macedonia | 2 Comments
My Favorite Building In Skopje Is A Brutalist Post Office

Skopje is a strange city, with clearly kitschy neoclassical facades and giant statues on every corner. It’s not exactly cohesive, but it is a wild feast for those with a sense of absurdity. Simone and I went for a walk at the golden hour to find the city’s bazaar district and soak in the strangeness […]