“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 10 Comments
“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

When I was in Tunisia in May, my friend Danielle and I went to a small island called Djerba to do stories about an annual Jewish pilgrimage. We were staying in a very nice, very beautiful hotel in the town of Erriadh, walking distance from the oldest synagogue in Africa and the central location for […]

June 2017

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
June 2017

I’ve gone this whole month without a single blog post. I don’t like to do that, but it’s been another busy month, and I firmly believe in prioritizing my present tense as much as possible. It’s one of those months where I ended up traveling halfway around the world– but, lucky me, it started and […]

On Travel, Home, and Balance

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 4 Comments
On Travel, Home, and Balance

Recently I was gushing to my friend Masha about how happy I was to be back in my apartment in Istanbul surrounded by my plants, and how thrilling it felt to fall back into my routine of work and coffee dates around Kadikoy. “Weren’t you just complaining about being stuck in Istanbul?” She was right. […]

Lake Ohrid and A Return To Joy

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Macedonia, Personal | 4 Comments
Lake Ohrid and A Return To Joy

Simone and I sat above the Church of St. John of Kaneo as the sky streaked pink and violet and the lake glittered in the gloaming and we said nothing. Silence can be a weight, an unwelcome and uncomfortable presence… or it can be lightness, the sound of pure contentment. As we watched the sun […]

April 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | 2 Comments
April 2017

April is always one of my favorite months: it’s when spring finally kicks into gear, the tulips blooms, and I have plenty of excuses to celebrate. This month was no exception. Best Of The Month My birthday was this month! It was a big one, and I wanted it to be special. So I planned […]

March 2017

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Monthly, Personal | 4 Comments
March 2017

Best of the Month I took a four-day trip to Macedonia with my darling friend Simone. She lives in Germany, but spent the summer of 2015 in Istanbul, when we went on a heart-expanding trip to Cappadocia. We’ve been talking about doing another trip ever since, so I pitched a few suggestions and we landed […]

January 2017

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
January 2017

After a mad bit of travel from the end of September on (during which I was never in Istanbul for more than 10 days at a time), I was desperate to stay in one place for a little while. So this January was spent completely in Istanbul, renewing my love for the city, and making […]

Four Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 in Personal, Turkey, Yearly | 6 Comments
Four Years Abroad

At the end of July, I sat down and made a list. On it was all the places I’d move to if I had to leave Istanbul quickly. Belgrade, Tbilisi, Kiev, Prague… places I could get to fast and perhaps settle into some substitute version of my life. After the events of July 15, making […]

December 2016

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 in Monthly, Personal, USA | 2 Comments
December 2016

I spent almost all of December in California, a place that’s sort of home and sort of not home at all. It was jam-packed, as these visits tend to be; even better, it made me appreciate being back in Istanbul for the last few days of 2016. I missed the place. Best Of The Month […]

Goodbye, 2016.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 in Personal | 2 Comments
Goodbye, 2016.

Finally, FINALLY, it’s the end of 2016. I started this year with plans and goals and schemes and somehow it seemed to go completely off the rails. I think often about the first few weeks of the year and all the simple beauties of it; the white-out snow, a bouquet of purple flowers, the sweet […]