A Love Letter to the Seaside

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | No Comments
A Love Letter to the Seaside

Dear Moda, dear Caddebostan, dear Bosphorus banks, I think I’m falling for you. In a city bursting with humans and starving for greenspace, you are natural beauties; you are a breather. So many curves of the seaside are hidden behind ugly buildings, private property, boat-choked ports. But you: Moda, with your rocky curves; Caddebostan, with […]

Snow-free and Loving It

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Boston, Personal, USA | No Comments
Snow-free and Loving It

For most of my life, Boston was my home. As with any place you grow up in, there were things I loved about the city and things I really disliked, but there was one thing I hated more than anything else: Winter. UGH. Sure, summertime is glorious and autumn exquisite, but when snow is conceivable […]

Is Istanbul Beautiful?

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 in Boston, Czech Republic, Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
Is Istanbul Beautiful?

“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.” – Edmondo De Amicis “It’s such an ugly city. There is no man-made beauty in Istanbul.” – a friend and […]

Some Brief Thoughts on My First Month in Istanbul

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Some Brief Thoughts on My First Month in Istanbul

Well, wow. I’ve been in Istanbul for one month now. It seems unbelievable sometimes. The process of getting here felt long and sometimes insurmountable, but now that I’m here a completely different feeling has taken over. A much more pleasant feeling. I live in a wonderful apartment. I have a fantastic roommate. I am starting […]

Off the Beaten Path in Fatih

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
Off the Beaten Path in Fatih

The Couchsurfing photowalk that took me to Yedikule Fortress didn’t end there. We spent much of the rest of the day wandering around the district of Fatih. Fatih is an old neighborhood on the European side that encompasses much of old Istanbul, before the city started expanding. It was named for Fatih Sultan Mehmet (The Conqueror), […]

How To Make Friends and Not Fall Off A Wall: Exploring Yedikule Fortress

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
How To Make Friends and Not Fall Off A Wall: Exploring Yedikule Fortress

One of my biggest fears in a new place is loneliness. What if I don’t make any friends? What is I spend all my nights sitting alone in my apartment, skyping friends in America and eating Nutella and feeling isolated in a giant city? Well, I have no intention of letting this happen. And that’s […]

My Istanbul Past

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | 3 Comments
My Istanbul Past

This is my fourth trip to Istanbul, my first for a long-term stay. Istanbul is so massive and multi-faceted that every visit has been different. When I first came here with a study abroad friend, in 2008, Istanbul was a fascinating cipher, a huge unknown which quickly turned into a huge love affair. We meant […]

Why am I in Istanbul?

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Why am I in Istanbul?

WHY? I have been asked this question so many times, both before I left and since arriving here. What am I doing here? Why Istanbul? I don’t know if I’ve found a good way to answer yet— the thing is, it’s both simple and complicated, as many life-decisions are. So here is an attempt to […]

How To Survive in LA If It Never Stops Raining

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in California, USA | No Comments
How To Survive in LA If It Never Stops Raining

My sister, Hillary, recently moved to Los Angeles. While I was in California in November/December, I decided to take a long weekend to fly down and visit her. The San Francisco “winter” was already warm compared to Boston’s iciness, but I figured LA would be even better. The first time Hillary lived in LA was […]

My Photography

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Photography | No Comments
My Photography

I grew up taking pictures. At age eight, I had a darkroom in my basement; at thirteen, I acquired a camera of my own; at nineteen, I ran a photography program for girls at summer camp. In 2007 I began carrying my camera around with me wherever I went, and I’ve hardly stopped since. I […]