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

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

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