May 2017

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Monthly | No Comments
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 […]

March 2017

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | 4 Comments
March 2017

Best of the Month I took a four-day trip to Macedonia with my darling friend Simone. She lives in Germany, but spent the summer of 2015 in Istanbul, when we went on a heart-expanding trip to Cappadocia. We’ve been talking about doing another trip ever since, so I pitched a few suggestions and we landed […]

The Best View In Istanbul: Buyuk Valide Han

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in Turkey | 5 Comments
The Best View In Istanbul: Buyuk Valide Han

It’s a view made for Instagram. The sweep of Istanbul unfurling below– there’s the New Mosque, and the Galata Tower, and the curling blue of the Bosphorus. The seeming precarious perch. The illusion of solitude. Buyuk Valide Han is part of the Grand Bazaar with a splendid (and accessible) rooftop view. It’s tricky to find […]

The Purple Cold of Kiev

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Photography, Ukraine | 6 Comments
The Purple Cold of Kiev

I went to Kiev in the beginning of February, when the skies were white and blank and the sidewalks sleek with ice. I needed a few days out of Turkey, but fleeing from the rainy chill of Istanbul to the bitter cold of Kiev seemed counter-intuitive. I admit, I avoided the forecast before I bought […]

February 2017

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey, Ukraine | 4 Comments
February 2017

February felt like a reset after overextending myself in January; it was a chance to be grounded and calm and to catch up with many, many friends. Lots of laughter this month got me through the last gasp of dreary winter. Best Of The Month I needed to get out of Istanbul at the beginning […]

Coney Island Of My Mind

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 in USA | No Comments
Coney Island Of My Mind

The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don’t mind happiness not always being so very much fun if you don’t mind a touch of hell now and then just when everything is fine because even in heaven they don’t sing all the time (excerpt from A Coney Island Of The […]