How To (Not) Enjoy The Festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Spain, Stories and Essays | One Comment
How To (Not) Enjoy The Festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona

This Flashback Friday is from summer 2011. My sister Hillary and I backpacked for six weeks after her semester in Barcelona, traveling all around Spain and the Balkans (with a couple of trips to Istanbul and Zurich). As I planned it, the pièce de résistance of our trip would be the Festival of Sant Joan […]

A Day Exploring Cihangir

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | 4 Comments
A Day Exploring Cihangir

When I decided to move to Istanbul, I knew exactly which neighborhood I was going to live in: Cihangir. Cihangir is the Williamsburg of Istanbul (though it’s really nothing like Williamsburg)– full of young hip artists, cafes, brightly-colored walls, and galleries, and only a stones-throw away from the center of nightlife in Taksim. Yep, it […]

Where Is Home?

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 in Boston, California, North Carolina, Personal, USA | 8 Comments
Where Is Home?

As an expat, I often get asked the same question over and over again. “Where are you from?” And usually, I give the simplest answer: I’m from Boston. This is technically true. I grew up outside of Boston, I went to school even closer to Boston, I lived (more or less) in Boston for the […]

From Israel to Adrspach-Teplice: A Turning Point

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 in Czech Republic, Israel | One Comment
From Israel to Adrspach-Teplice: A Turning Point

This FLASHBACK FRIDAY is from summer 2009. The actual diary I kept now resides somewhere in California, so enjoy this less-angsty recreation. July 23. I’ve been here in the Middle East for two months. Everything is hot. Everyone is overheated– physically and emotionally. Small arguments in our house have erupted into huge fights. We’re all […]

How Some Balloons Almost Got Me Shot

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 8 Comments
How Some Balloons Almost Got Me Shot

It began simply, with a twist of the fantastic. We were walking along the Moda Seaside on a chilly Sunday afternoon, taking pictures and chatting and generally enjoying each other’s company. And there they were, shimmering in the gray. Rows and rows of brightly colored balloons. They were irresistible. I ran over and motioned for […]

We’re In This Together: The Shared Misery of Istanbul’s Traffic

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
We’re In This Together: The Shared Misery of Istanbul’s Traffic

In New York, it’s the prices. In Boston, it’s the weather. In Istanbul, the one thing everyone complains about is the traffic. With good reason. This is a city of more than 15 million people that doesn’t have an extensive public transportation system,  that has more cars on the road than it can handle. There […]

The Hunt For Buckminster Fuller

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Boston, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
The Hunt For Buckminster Fuller

This week’s FLASHBACK FRIDAY is from an adventure in Boston during summer 2010. Once upon a time, I was being followed by Buckminster Fuller. Yes, I know he’s dead; no, I wasn’t on drugs. It’s just, he was EVERYWHERE. Everything I read had some reference to Buckminster Fuller. A local theater announced they would do […]

From Europe to Asia and Back Again: Riding Istanbul’s Ferry

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
From Europe to Asia and Back Again: Riding Istanbul’s Ferry

Commuting in Istanbul can be a real hassle. Traffic is bad. Buses seem to keep irregular schedules. Luckily, I’ve discovered the one method of transportation here that is actually wonderful: The ferry. Istanbul, famously, sits upon two continents, with a European and an Asian coast. I live in Asia, but I often work, run errands, […]

Notes on Teaching English, So Far.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Notes on Teaching English, So Far.

As the weeks here roll on, I find myself slowly establishing a life. I’ve been teaching frequently and my schedule has only just started to be consistent—though I know it will change, soon. I’ve been trying to stay true to my priorities while acquiring work. I want freedom and flexibility, I want my weekends to […]

The Monsters of Metelkova Mesto

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 in Culture, Ljubljana, Slovenia | No Comments
The Monsters of Metelkova Mesto

I have a large archive of photographs from past trips, so every Friday I will be posting a FRIDAY FLASHBACK of a previous adventure. Sometimes it will be a full post, sometimes it will just highlight a single photograph. Whichever way, I hope you enjoy it. The offbeat is my jam. The punky, the funky, […]