It’s Family Visit Time!

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
It’s Family Visit Time!

I haven’t been posting as often this week as I’d like to. But I have a great excuse: MY FAMILY IS IN ISTANBUL! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. My family is the reason that I Iove travelling as much as I do. My parents first brought me on a plane when I […]

From Far Away, Experiencing The Boston Marathon Bombing

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Boston, Personal, USA | One Comment
From Far Away, Experiencing The Boston Marathon Bombing

In the months leading up to my departure to Istanbul, my mother worried constantly about how close I would be to Syria. But Istanbul is about as far as you can get from Syria and still be in Turkey. I told her not to worry. The week I arrived in Istanbul, a bomb went off […]

The Istanblues

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
The Istanblues

I first heard about the W-curve before I studied abroad in Prague. The W-curve refers to the phases of culture shock, and honestly I didn’t pay too much attention to it in our pre-departure meeting. Culture shock wasn’t something I would have to worry about. It wasn’t until I finished the whole culture shock cycle […]

Where Is Home?

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 in Boston, California, North Carolina, Personal, USA | 8 Comments
Where Is Home?

As an expat, I often get asked the same question over and over again. “Where are you from?” And usually, I give the simplest answer: I’m from Boston. This is technically true. I grew up outside of Boston, I went to school even closer to Boston, I lived (more or less) in Boston for the […]

Notes on Teaching English, So Far.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Notes on Teaching English, So Far.

As the weeks here roll on, I find myself slowly establishing a life. I’ve been teaching frequently and my schedule has only just started to be consistent—though I know it will change, soon. I’ve been trying to stay true to my priorities while acquiring work. I want freedom and flexibility, I want my weekends to […]

Snow-free and Loving It

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Boston, Personal, USA | No Comments
Snow-free and Loving It

For most of my life, Boston was my home. As with any place you grow up in, there were things I loved about the city and things I really disliked, but there was one thing I hated more than anything else: Winter. UGH. Sure, summertime is glorious and autumn exquisite, but when snow is conceivable […]

Some Brief Thoughts on My First Month in Istanbul

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Some Brief Thoughts on My First Month in Istanbul

Well, wow. I’ve been in Istanbul for one month now. It seems unbelievable sometimes. The process of getting here felt long and sometimes insurmountable, but now that I’m here a completely different feeling has taken over. A much more pleasant feeling. I live in a wonderful apartment. I have a fantastic roommate. I am starting […]

My Istanbul Past

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | 3 Comments
My Istanbul Past

This is my fourth trip to Istanbul, my first for a long-term stay. Istanbul is so massive and multi-faceted that every visit has been different. When I first came here with a study abroad friend, in 2008, Istanbul was a fascinating cipher, a huge unknown which quickly turned into a huge love affair. We meant […]

Why am I in Istanbul?

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
Why am I in Istanbul?

WHY? I have been asked this question so many times, both before I left and since arriving here. What am I doing here? Why Istanbul? I don’t know if I’ve found a good way to answer yet— the thing is, it’s both simple and complicated, as many life-decisions are. So here is an attempt to […]

Blank Pages.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 in Personal, Uncategorized | No Comments
Blank Pages.

I love traveling. The bug bit me hard five years ago and I’ve tried my best to obey it. I bummed around the Middle East. I lived in Prague. I backpacked through the Balkans with my little sister. However, after extensive travel and the stamps to prove it, I recently got a new, chip-embedded US passport. […]