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 […]

Wine, wine, wine!

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 in California, USA | No Comments
Wine, wine, wine!

My family LOVES wine. Growing up, my parents were part-owners of a winery in California. Some of my earliest memories are lazy summer barbecues at vineyards, the earthy smell of giant wooden wine barrels, and spirited dinner parties that always revolved around good food, good conversation, and especially good wine. Their stake in the winery ended years […]

A Pre-departure Detour: Carefree in the Caribbean

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 in Aruba | No Comments
A Pre-departure Detour: Carefree in the Caribbean

Turkey actually WON’T be the first stamp in my new passport. I was offered the opportunity to babysit for my cousin’s children for nearly three weeks at the end of December… in Aruba. At first, I wasn’t sure if I should go for the whole time—though my Istanbul ticket was still unpurchased, I knew I […]

Blank Pages.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 in Personal, Uncategorized | No Comments
Blank Pages.

I love traveling. The bug bit me hard five years ago and I’ve tried my best to obey it. I bummed around the Middle East. I lived in Prague. I backpacked through the Balkans with my little sister. However, after extensive travel and the stamps to prove it, I recently got a new, chip-embedded US passport. […]

And so it begins.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
And so it begins.

Let’s see how this goes.