The Tarlabasi Sunday Market

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Culture, Istanbul, Turkey | 102 Comments
The Tarlabasi Sunday Market

There’s this neighborhood you’re not supposed to go to in Istanbul. It’s poor, full of drug dealers, bums, and (interestingly) the highest concentration of transvestites in the city. It’s right next to Taksim, and some brave expats take advantage of the cheap housing and swell location—but you shouldn’t live on the ground floor if you […]

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 […]

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 […]

That Sunny Sunday on Rumeli Feneri

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | 4 Comments
That Sunny Sunday on Rumeli Feneri

Sometimes, I follow folks on adventures without fully figuring out where we’re going. I’m not lazy or irresponsible. It’s just that when someone says ,”Hey, let’s go to this cool place,” I’m more likely to say “YES” rather than, “What is that, exactly?” It’s the adventurer in me. So, how could I say no to […]

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 […]

A Day Exploring Cihangir

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | 4 Comments
A Day Exploring Cihangir

When I decided to move to Istanbul, I knew exactly which neighborhood I was going to live in: Cihangir. Cihangir is the Williamsburg of Istanbul (though it’s really nothing like Williamsburg)– full of young hip artists, cafes, brightly-colored walls, and galleries, and only a stones-throw away from the center of nightlife in Taksim. Yep, it […]

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 […]