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 […]

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

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in Monthly, Personal | No Comments
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

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
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. […]