November 2016

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
November 2016

I went halfway around the world in November, beginning the month in Bangalore, India and ending it in California. It all feels sort of unreal and dizzying, honestly. Best Of The Month Spending time with my friend Kabir in India and slipping so comfortably into his Bangalore life was clearly a highlight. Also, I bought […]

August 2016

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August 2016

August was the month I finally made it out of Turkey, and so it has seemed long and jam-packed. My USA trip was only a couple of weeks ago, but it feels like it’s been ages. And now I’m writing this update from Kiev… Indeed, a busy month! Best Of The Month I visited friends […]

Fill Your Life With Beautiful Things

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Personal | 2 Comments
Fill Your Life With Beautiful Things

The big broad strokes of Istanbul life fill my writing. It’s an amazing knot of a city that I never tire of trying to tease out, no matter how frustrating that occasionally becomes. But my day-to-day life is filled with smaller wonders, and recently I’ve made more of an effort to let those little pleasures […]

July 2016

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July 2016

On the first of July, I posted a picture on Instagram of myself atop a giant rock on our Lycian hike, with the caption: “Bring it on, July. I’m ready for you.” July, I was wrong. I was not ready for you. The first half of the month was regular summer bliss; the second half […]

This Melancholy Summer

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | No Comments
This Melancholy Summer

Istanbul summer is supposed to be full of joy. At this time last year, I was working two freelance jobs and taking intensive Turkish classes, and yet still found time for late night swing-dancing on the seaside, lazy Sunday morning breakfasts under shaded leaves, cheeky midday beers. These days, every conversation is infused with melancholy. […]

A New Normal

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 12 Comments
A New Normal

“My soul, my beauty, my dolorous one, the day of disaster is at hand, come to me no matter where you are, mayhap in an office thick with cigarette smoke, or in the onion-scented kitchen of a house redolent with the smell of laundry, or in a messy blue bedroom. No matter where you are, […]

June 2016

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
June 2016

June might be one of the shorter months, but this one stretched out and took strange twists and turns. After the slog of springtime, even the sweaty heat couldn’t keep me down. Best Of The Month This month kicked off with one of the best trips I’ve ever taken: a weeklong adventure along the Lycian […]

Ode To A Peacock

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 in Personal | No Comments
Ode To A Peacock

“So how did you two meet?” We usually catch each other’s eye and giggle. Natalie, grinning, looks at the person asking. “Katie likes to tell this story.” And so I do. November 2014, I was in the middle of what would be a life-changing autumn. I’d spent two months in the U.S. and returned to […]

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 […]

Trapped in Turkey, Again

Posted on May 30, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
Trapped in Turkey, Again

I didn’t think I’d find myself in this situation again, but here we are. I’m unable to travel outside of Turkey until the end of July. Two years ago, I renewed my resident permit for the first time just days after a new system was put in place– which meant that no one knew how […]