The Gezi Park Protest From The Perspective Of An Avoider

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 7 Comments
The Gezi Park Protest From The Perspective Of An Avoider

Istanbul is filled with protesters, riot police, tear gas. Taksim Square is a war zone. Besiktas is burning. Or so I hear. I’ve received a lot of just-checking-in emails from friends and family the last few days. They see the images of this city rioting and they want to make sure that I am fine. […]

I Was Deported From Turkey

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Istanbul, Personal, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 36 Comments
I Was Deported From Turkey

I wish that title was an exaggeration. It’s not. Perhaps you’ve been wondering why the blog has been so quiet. Maybe you follow me on some other social media (Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?) and you’ve noticed that I was in Amsterdam for an awfully long time. Well, here’s the full story. About a month after I […]

How To (Not) Enjoy The Festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Spain, Stories and Essays | One Comment
How To (Not) Enjoy The Festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona

This Flashback Friday is from summer 2011. My sister Hillary and I backpacked for six weeks after her semester in Barcelona, traveling all around Spain and the Balkans (with a couple of trips to Istanbul and Zurich). As I planned it, the pièce de résistance of our trip would be the Festival of Sant Joan […]

How Some Balloons Almost Got Me Shot

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | 8 Comments
How Some Balloons Almost Got Me Shot

It began simply, with a twist of the fantastic. We were walking along the Moda Seaside on a chilly Sunday afternoon, taking pictures and chatting and generally enjoying each other’s company. And there they were, shimmering in the gray. Rows and rows of brightly colored balloons. They were irresistible. I ran over and motioned for […]

The Hunt For Buckminster Fuller

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Boston, Stories and Essays, USA | No Comments
The Hunt For Buckminster Fuller

This week’s FLASHBACK FRIDAY is from an adventure in Boston during summer 2010. Once upon a time, I was being followed by Buckminster Fuller. Yes, I know he’s dead; no, I wasn’t on drugs. It’s just, he was EVERYWHERE. Everything I read had some reference to Buckminster Fuller. A local theater announced they would do […]

A Love Letter to the Seaside

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 in Istanbul, Stories and Essays, Turkey | No Comments
A Love Letter to the Seaside

Dear Moda, dear Caddebostan, dear Bosphorus banks, I think I’m falling for you. In a city bursting with humans and starving for greenspace, you are natural beauties; you are a breather. So many curves of the seaside are hidden behind ugly buildings, private property, boat-choked ports. But you: Moda, with your rocky curves; Caddebostan, with […]