May 2016

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
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 […]

My Weird Berlin

Posted on May 25, 2016 in Germany, Personal | One Comment
My Weird Berlin

I have a weird history with Berlin. The first time I went there was during my semester in Prague. It was a actually the first trip I took outside of the Czech Republic and I promptly got ill– so sick I couldn’t swallow and, once I returned from the brief trip, I ended up on […]

April 2016

Posted on May 2, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | 4 Comments
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

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Czech Republic, Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
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 […]

On California, And Me

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 in Personal, USA | 4 Comments
On California, And Me

I kept telling people that I was going home for a month, but it never quite sounded right. I was going to California, to my parents’ house, to the place my stuff lives in the US. But I never lived in California and never feel that complicated nostalgia of longing that often bubbles up when […]

January 2016

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

Three Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Bulgaria, Hungary, Personal, Turkey, USA, Yearly | No Comments
Three Years Abroad

Thirteen months ago, I started a new job. I’d been in Istanbul for just under two years, and I was at a point of transition. I’d done the English-teaching thing and decided that, if the only way to stay in Istanbul was to continue to teach English, I wouldn’t stay in Turkey. I spent two […]

Istanbul, As Ever

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 8 Comments
Istanbul, As Ever

I’ve started writing so many pieces this year called “Istanbul Is Safe, Really.” Then I get distracted, and take a little too long to finish it. And then some event happens in Turkey and I decide to wait and see that the situation is really okay. And even as the political climate (particularly in the Southeast) […]