February 2016

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Czech Republic, Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
February 2016

It’s the shortest month, sure, but whoa was this one jam-packed. I was in three different countries, spent time in Istanbul with a handful of very special visitors, and filled my days and nights with joyful adventures. Without further ado… Best Of The Month Sancaklar Cami is a modern concrete subterranean mosque on the meadowy outskirts […]

January 2016

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
January 2016

It’s review week here on the blog; after my look back at this most recent year abroad, I find myself at the end of January and due for a different sort of wrap-up. This month has moved in fits and starts; it’s been a time of reorientation after a month in California. I love Istanbul […]

Three Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Bulgaria, Hungary, Personal, Turkey, USA, Yearly | No Comments
Three Years Abroad

Thirteen months ago, I started a new job. I’d been in Istanbul for just under two years, and I was at a point of transition. I’d done the English-teaching thing and decided that, if the only way to stay in Istanbul was to continue to teach English, I wouldn’t stay in Turkey. I spent two […]

Istanbul, As Ever

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 8 Comments
Istanbul, As Ever

I’ve started writing so many pieces this year called “Istanbul Is Safe, Really.” Then I get distracted, and take a little too long to finish it. And then some event happens in Turkey and I decide to wait and see that the situation is really okay. And even as the political climate (particularly in the Southeast) […]

Crossing The Bridge

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 in Turkey | 4 Comments
Crossing The Bridge

There’s a running joke among writer expats in Istanbul about the repeated clichés of the city. East meets West! The only city to span two continents! A crossroads of Europe and Asia! And on, and on.  After a while, these easy explanations poison insight. Oh, another boring article about Istanbul. Whoop. However, there’s delight in […]

The Istanbul Hotel Wes Anderson Would Love

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 in Culture, Turkey | 2 Comments
The Istanbul Hotel Wes Anderson Would Love

I didn’t read the fine print. I have this terrible habit of visiting exhibitions in Istanbul just before they close, waiting until it’s down to the wire to experience the wonder. It’s not intentional, but constantly happens. I saw the Magnum Contact Sheets exhibit in the Istanbul Modern just days before it closed, and it […]

Strange Cappadocia on LomoChrome Purple

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 in Photography, Turkey | 8 Comments
Strange Cappadocia on LomoChrome Purple

I shoot film to capture the way places feel, not the way they look. The emotion, the memory, the intangible experience: this is what analogue does so well. My memories warp and shift and pulse. When I went to Cappadocia, I took along a roll of Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple that I’d purchased on a whim. […]

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 […]

September 2015

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey, USA | No Comments
September 2015

This month flew by– probably because I made two small trips, one across the ocean and one within Turkey. I was in the US for exactly a week to see family in Boston and Vermont, which was just short enough for every moment to be special. Then I went on a three-day trip to Cappadocia […]

The Bayram Hush

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Personal, Turkey | No Comments
The Bayram Hush

It’s a holiday this week in Istanbul. The feast of the sacrifice– Kurban Bayram in Turkish, Eid Al-Adha in Arabic– is the holiday of ritual goat slaughter, marking the story of Abraham offering to sacrifice his son Ishmael  to God and instead being allowed to sacrifice a ram  in his place. It’s very holy, and […]