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 […]

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 […]