May 2016

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May 2016

I was talking to my friend Natalie about these monthly updates, and how much I enjoy writing them and having them to look back on. It’s been a year now since I started doing this on the blog– a year of books, music, memories, ephemera. What was most gratifying, though, was hearing how much she […]

April 2016

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April 2016

This might be the first time I’ve gone a whole month without writing anything on my blog– at least the first time that happened when I also wasn’t traveling. Honestly, this month was difficult and seemingly endless. The good parts– and there were good parts– were lovely, but the bad often felt paralyzing. Inevitably, my […]

March 2016

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March 2016

While February felt jam-packed with so many wonderful things, I felt like March just overflowed with TOO MUCH. There was a lot of good, a LOT of bad, and not enough time sleeping at home, really. After two back-to-back busy months, I’m relieved this one is over. Best Of The Month Three days after I […]

February 2016

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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 […]

January 2016

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January 2016

It’s review week here on the blog; after my look back at this most recent year abroad, I find myself at the end of January and due for a different sort of wrap-up. This month has moved in fits and starts; it’s been a time of reorientation after a month in California. I love Istanbul […]

December 2015

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December 2015

(Annually, I do a full-year round-up… but this isn’t it. Instead, I post mine on January 29th, the anniversary of the day I arrived in Turkey in 2013. This is just a regular monthly round-up, albeit for an unusual month!) I spent almost all of December in California and managed to squeeze so many glorious […]

November 2015

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November 2015

I often end these monthly round-ups with some variation of “where did this month go?” Not so for November. This month was so wonderful and jam-packed that every week felt like two. Around the 20th, I started panicking that I’d forgotten to write this monthly round-up before realizing that I had a week and a […]

October 2015

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October 2015

This was a strange month, where the first half was so good and the last half slipped away from me. I went to Bulgaria and spent a week exploring Communist monuments with my friends from Yomadic. I got back from Bulgaria full of energy and then had one of those killer weeks where everything felt […]

September 2015

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September 2015

This month flew by– probably because I made two small trips, one across the ocean and one within Turkey. I was in the US for exactly a week to see family in Boston and Vermont, which was just short enough for every moment to be special. Then I went on a three-day trip to Cappadocia […]

August 2015

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August 2015

Let me give you some advice: AVOID AUGUST IN ISTANBUL. The city reaches peak heat and humidity and everyone smart flees to the Aegean or Mediterranean beaches. This was the first August I spent in Istanbul, and it will be the last. Living in a constant state of sweaty misery consumed all my thoughts. It’s […]