February 2016

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Czech Republic, Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
February 2016

It’s the shortest month, sure, but whoa was this one jam-packed. I was in three different countries, spent time in Istanbul with a handful of very special visitors, and filled my days and nights with joyful adventures. Without further ado… Best Of The Month Sancaklar Cami is a modern concrete subterranean mosque on the meadowy outskirts […]

Everywhere Can Be A Home

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Czech Republic, Greece, Malaysia, Personal, Turkey, USA | 2 Comments
Everywhere Can Be A Home

It’s that time of year when everyone starts reflecting on the year that is passing, and the milestones they’ve accomplished. For me, my reflections will come later. I moved to Istanbul on January 29, 2013, so the end of January seems like a more appropriate time to reflect on the year in review, on the […]

Returning to Prague: The Little Mother Has Claws

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Czech Republic, Personal | 6 Comments
Returning to Prague: The Little Mother Has Claws

“Prague won’t let you go. The little mother has claws.” – Franz Kafka Returning to a place you loved is as glorious as it is fraught. There’s always the chance that the place has changed in your absence. There are new shops, cleaner train stations, coffee shops long departed. Or perhaps you have changed. Years […]

A Benedictine Buzz at Brevnov Monastery

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 in Czech Republic | 5 Comments
A Benedictine Buzz at Brevnov Monastery

I experience distance differently now. Before I resided in Istanbul, I lived in Boston and studied in Prague—two cities that are walkable, well-served by transportation, and comparatively compact. If it took me thirty minutes to get somewhere (when I wasn’t biking or walking), then that somewhere was REALLY FAR AWAY. I live in Istanbul now. […]

Small Adventures For Prague Scoundrels

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Czech Republic, Stories and Essays | 7 Comments
Small Adventures For Prague Scoundrels

“D’you think we can hop this fence?” “I don’t see why not.” Most travelers begin their time in Prague with a visit to Old Town, or perhaps Wenceslas Square or the Charles Bridge. Most do not clamber over bent metal fences in the formerly industrial suburb of Prague 7, kicking their way through overgrown weeds, […]

The Best Hipster Coffee Shops of Prague

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Czech Republic | 10 Comments
The Best Hipster Coffee Shops of Prague

When I studied in Prague, it was all about the beer. They say that beer is cheaper than water in Prague, and it’s no lie–Czechs love their pivo and drink it all day. I indulged heartily. But I studied abroad six years ago. I still love good beer, but I drink less, I wake up […]

The Zorki Photo Challenge

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Czech Republic, Photography | 12 Comments
The Zorki Photo Challenge

Find an old camera shop, buy a cheap camera, shoot a few rolls with it. And extra points if it’s ex-Soviet. I received these instructions from Stephen Dowling of Zorki Photo back when I was in Kuala Lumpur. Stephen writes an enthusiastic blog about film photography; he is not only incredibly knowledgeable about analogue, but […]

My Prague Past

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 in Czech Republic, Stories and Essays | 3 Comments
My Prague Past

There was a time in my life when I was often late to class because I wanted to listen to church bells toll Smetana’s Vltava (Die Moldau). I would scurry uphill to Vysehrad, trying to make it to my Alternative Czech Culture class before it started. But as I passed the ornate graveyard where Dvorak […]

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 […]

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 […]