December 2017

Posted on Jan 4, 2018 in Monthly, Personal, USA | No Comments
December 2017

I spent most of this month in California, settling into a suburban life of bicycles and breweries and borrowing books from the library. I’m back in Istanbul now, but so grateful for the chance to slow down at the end of the year. Best Of The Month Usually when visiting California, I try to fit […]

Tunisia on a Holga

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in Photography, Tunisia | 4 Comments
Tunisia on a Holga

If you happened to be at the Ghriba Synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba for the annual Jewish pilgrimage this May, maybe you were overwhelmed by the variety of people there. Your eyes would follow the Orthodox women with sparkling hats that would suit a flapper, the old men chanting prayers over a shot […]

November 2017

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey, USA | No Comments
November 2017

November was another month of easy joy. I spent the first three weeks in Istanbul, reveling in my everyday life, and the last week with my family in California. I think I’m finally over the jet lag. Best Of The Month I waited in line for an hour and a half to see an art […]

The Grand Bazaar on Volvox Film

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 in Photography, Turkey | 6 Comments
The Grand Bazaar on Volvox Film

I can’t control myself when it comes to strange film. Lomography sells all kinds of quirky films and I usually manage to resist. They’re pricey, and I don’t always like film that promises to warp my pictures. The few times I have used weird Lomo film– like my purple wonderland jaunt to Cappadocia– have been […]

October 2017

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey | No Comments
October 2017

One of the beautiful things about spending the entire month in Istanbul is that there’s so much time, and so much to fill it with. This splendid October was a month of bike rides, early morning runs, open studio visits, coffee dates in the sunshine, and small adventures around the city. Last year, I spent […]

Chasing Autumn in the Kackars

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 in Turkey | 2 Comments
Chasing Autumn in the Kackars

Around September or October, when summer slowly slips away from Istanbul, I feel this tug behind my heart. It’s the time of year I become helplessly nostalgic, even as the city settles into splendid sunshine sweater weather that lingers and the pomegranates pop back into the markets. I grew up in New England, and this […]

Making Chai

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in India, Personal | No Comments
Making Chai

This weekend, I made masala chai. When I was in India last year, it was one of the small revelations that made that trip so special. I remember standing on a Bangalore corner with Kabir and Abishek, exhaust fumes from auto rickshaws perfuming the air, sipping cardamom-spiced sugary milk tea doled out from large metal […]

September 2017

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey | 4 Comments
September 2017

September was the last gasp of summer, and I squeezed as much as possible into those fading summer days– including two quick jaunts to the Mediterranean coast and so much art. Best Of The Month I went to Kabak, my annual vacation place in Turkey, for a very quick break. I love going there because it’s so […]

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 […]