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 […]

We’re In This Together: The Shared Misery of Istanbul’s Traffic

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
We’re In This Together: The Shared Misery of Istanbul’s Traffic

In New York, it’s the prices. In Boston, it’s the weather. In Istanbul, the one thing everyone complains about is the traffic. With good reason. This is a city of more than 15 million people that doesn’t have an extensive public transportation system,  that has more cars on the road than it can handle. There […]

From Europe to Asia and Back Again: Riding Istanbul’s Ferry

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
From Europe to Asia and Back Again: Riding Istanbul’s Ferry

Commuting in Istanbul can be a real hassle. Traffic is bad. Buses seem to keep irregular schedules. Luckily, I’ve discovered the one method of transportation here that is actually wonderful: The ferry. Istanbul, famously, sits upon two continents, with a European and an Asian coast. I live in Asia, but I often work, run errands, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Istanbul Beautiful?

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 in Boston, Czech Republic, Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
Is Istanbul Beautiful?

“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.” – Edmondo De Amicis “It’s such an ugly city. There is no man-made beauty in Istanbul.” – a friend and […]

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 […]

Off the Beaten Path in Fatih

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
Off the Beaten Path in Fatih

The Couchsurfing photowalk that took me to Yedikule Fortress didn’t end there. We spent much of the rest of the day wandering around the district of Fatih. Fatih is an old neighborhood on the European side that encompasses much of old Istanbul, before the city started expanding. It was named for Fatih Sultan Mehmet (The Conqueror), […]

How To Make Friends and Not Fall Off A Wall: Exploring Yedikule Fortress

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments
How To Make Friends and Not Fall Off A Wall: Exploring Yedikule Fortress

One of my biggest fears in a new place is loneliness. What if I don’t make any friends? What is I spend all my nights sitting alone in my apartment, skyping friends in America and eating Nutella and feeling isolated in a giant city? Well, I have no intention of letting this happen. And that’s […]

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 […]