Athens, At Last

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 in Greece | 2 Comments
Athens, At Last

I waited a long time to go to Athens. Athens is a short 75-minute flight from Istanbul, and yet I put off going. I thought it would be too SIMILAR to Turkey; every time I had the opportunity to travel, I wanted to visit a destination that felt very different. Like Georgia. Or Serbia. Or […]

Hiking the Lousios Gorge in the Peloponnese

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 in Greece | 2 Comments
Hiking the Lousios Gorge in the Peloponnese

It was a chilled morning in the Greek Peloponnese. The itinerary called for a half-day hike, and I was thrilled. Being active makes me happy. There’s the introvert in me, who needs time in quiet spaces, preferably surrounded by books. And then there’s the part of me that needs to be constantly exploring, walking, biking, […]

Mountains and Fog: Biking In The Peloponnese

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Greece | 2 Comments
Mountains and Fog: Biking In The Peloponnese

I wasn’t expecting the coldness of the Greek Peloponnese, with its mountains and foggy farmland. It rained hard the night before and the morning was slate gray, with the clouds hanging low over Vytina. Our agenda called for a bicycle ride, but my companions on the trip were understandably unenthusiastic, with the clammy cold and […]

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 […]