Driving Into The Desert, Part 3: Salvation Mountain

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 3: Salvation Mountain

In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2. In 1980, a man named Leonard Knight walked into the desert outside Niland, California and built a monument to God. Like many wild dreams, it collapsed almost immediately. So he tried again, reconstructing his hill of adobe and paint. This time, it took. He […]

Driving Into The Desert, Part 2: The Salton Sea

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 2: The Salton Sea

In case you missed it, here’s Part 1. Before we reached our ultimate destination of Salvation Mountain, there was another weird pilgrimage to make deep in the California desert. It sneaks up like a mirage, shimmering under the overcast skies. It’s easy to imagine that it’s the hallucination of desert wanderers dying of thirst, except […]

Driving Into The Desert, Part 1: Hicksville, USA

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Culture, Stories and Essays, USA | 2 Comments
Driving Into The Desert, Part 1: Hicksville, USA

The most splendid adventures rarely go according to plan. My sister Hillary and I schemed an epic trip into the Southern California desert, visiting a bizarre isolated art piece, staying at a cool and quirky accommodation, and photographing as much as possible. We’ve done stuff like this before. We went to Ljubljana just to see Metelkova […]

Cappadocia Magic, Without Balloons

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in Stories and Essays, Turkey | 6 Comments
Cappadocia Magic, Without Balloons

I wanted the cliché. Cappadocia, that wild region in central Anatolia, has an iconic image: hundreds of hot air balloons wafting over weird rock formations against a pink and gold sunrise. This is WHY people travel to Cappadocia; these pictures are the definition of wanderlust. The last time I traveled to Cappadocia, I missed the […]

A Panic Attack On Top Of A Waterfall

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Personal, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 7 Comments
A Panic Attack On Top Of A Waterfall

I was sitting in a cold green pool on top of a waterfall, having a panic attack. There were two choices: climb out above the waterfall, facing an unsurvivable drop should I step wrong. Or, climb down the waterfall back the way I came, re-navigating the difficult terrain I’d just conquered– except this time, alone. […]

The Beach At Night

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Photography, Stories and Essays, USA | 3 Comments
The Beach At Night

We were done with the party. The scent of pot and the sounds of tipsy forty-somethings singing along with The Zombies became fainter and fainter and we walked into the darkness away from the Santa Monica Pier. Summertime Thursdays bring these evening concerts on the beach, but we hadn’t been close enough to see much […]

Chasing The Sun Boxes

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Stories and Essays, USA | 2 Comments
Chasing The Sun Boxes

The sky was a perfect autumn blue and I was wandering through downtown Boston, killing time before I met Kate for a catch-up. It was the ideal day for a spell of aimlessness; the air was crisp and the sun was warm and the leaves had just started to turn. New England weather can be […]

A Bicycle Is Freedom: Four Days Around Lake Iznik

A Bicycle Is Freedom: Four Days Around Lake Iznik

To me, a bicycle is freedom. Traveling under your own speed feels completely liberating. Pushing past inclines, breezing downhill, the relentlessness of forward motion, and the physicality of biking instills a meditative repetitiveness. All for the purpose of propelling from A to B. It was Nacho who dreamed up the bicycle trip. We sat on […]

On Writing

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays | One Comment
On Writing

Polly from A Girl And Her Travels challenged me to answer these three questions about writing, and while I’m generally skeptical about blog-chain-things, I like Polly and her blog and I’ve been in a bit of a writer’s rut. (This is what happens when you haven’t seen your family in a year—they monopolize your time, […]

Those Istanbul Nights

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 4 Comments
Those Istanbul Nights

The blue roofs open to the sky and we bounce to giddy Balkan beats. New friends are made, danced with, discarded; beer mugs are clinked and the hours slip away as the live band fills the small space with exuberant music. The streets below are bathed in glowing street lamps. The main thoroughfare Istiklal Caddesi […]