My New Favorite Mosque

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Culture, Istanbul, Turkey | 7 Comments
My New Favorite Mosque

Istanbul’s skyline is full of exquisite mosques. Resplendent with grand bluish domes, minarets like exclamation marks, and courtyard complexes full of flowers, they are truly some of the loveliest buildings in this city. Most tourists who come to Istanbul spend time in just one—Sultanahmet Camii, more commonly known as the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque […]

The Lost Jews of Amsterdam: Where You Should Go Instead Of The Anne Frank House

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Culture, The Netherlands | No Comments
The Lost Jews of Amsterdam: Where You Should Go Instead Of The Anne Frank House

I didn’t go to the Anne Frank House when I was in Amsterdam. I intended to. Jewish history, and specifically European Jewish history, is fascinating for me. My connection to the actual book is tangential. I read most of The Diary Of Anne Frank when I was a kid, but my main memories of it […]

The Tarlabasi Sunday Market

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Culture, Istanbul, Turkey | 102 Comments
The Tarlabasi Sunday Market

There’s this neighborhood you’re not supposed to go to in Istanbul. It’s poor, full of drug dealers, bums, and (interestingly) the highest concentration of transvestites in the city. It’s right next to Taksim, and some brave expats take advantage of the cheap housing and swell location—but you shouldn’t live on the ground floor if you […]

RiverSing: A Celebration Of The Charles

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Boston, Culture, USA | No Comments
RiverSing: A Celebration Of The Charles

This is a Flashback Friday, sort of. This has been a rough week for Boston, and I have been reliving happier memories, as I mentioned in my post about the Marathon bombing. So here’s one more beautiful memory, about a gathering I attended many times. Every September there’s an event in Cambridge called RiverSing, which takes […]

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, […]