Big Sur Is The California Of Our Dreams

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 in USA | No Comments
Big Sur Is The California Of Our Dreams

My parents never take California for granted. They moved to the Bay Area only six months before I moved to Turkey, and I believe that they are on a similar adventure as I am. They try to do something exciting every weekend—maybe biking, or going on a local hike, or taking a trip to one […]

On California, And Me

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 in Personal, USA | 4 Comments
On California, And Me

I kept telling people that I was going home for a month, but it never quite sounded right. I was going to California, to my parents’ house, to the place my stuff lives in the US. But I never lived in California and never feel that complicated nostalgia of longing that often bubbles up when […]

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 […]

December 2015

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, USA | No Comments
December 2015

(Annually, I do a full-year round-up… but this isn’t it. Instead, I post mine on January 29th, the anniversary of the day I arrived in Turkey in 2013. This is just a regular monthly round-up, albeit for an unusual month!) I spent almost all of December in California and managed to squeeze so many glorious […]

A Golden Weekend in Vermont

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Personal, USA | No Comments
A Golden Weekend in Vermont

I didn’t realize that Burlington, Vermont in the summertime was straight-up heaven until I was an adult. We visited every year to see my grandmother, but usually in autumn—its own form of Vermont heaven—and winter. In the summers, my sister and I went to camp in New Hampshire. In 2010, though, we had a last-minute […]

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 Three Prettiest Places in Boston (and Cambridge)

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 in USA | One Comment
The Three Prettiest Places in Boston (and Cambridge)

Boston is a pretty city. I never appreciated that until I left. Now, whenever I return, I find myself overwhelmed by the loveliness: the lush green, the blooming flowers or turning leaves, the wide streets and red brick buildings and horse path roads. Listing the prettiest places is a doomed endeavor– mostly because I can’t […]

Adventures in East Boston

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 in Culture, USA | One Comment
Adventures in East Boston

I’m from the Boston area. I grew up north of the city, I went to college in a nearby city, and I lived in the Somerville and Boston proper for three and a half years after I graduated. In that time, I never went to East Boston. Is there a good excuse? I didn’t explore […]

A Blue Golden Gate Bridge

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Photography, USA | 2 Comments
A Blue Golden Gate Bridge

I go through phases with slide film. Sometimes I kick myself for not shooting it frequently enough. Cross-processed or developed straight, the results can be really special, with massively saturated colors and skewed light. Other times, the colors are so altered and damaged that I stop shooting slide film completely. Something like that happened in […]

The Beach At Night

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Photography, Stories and Essays, USA | 3 Comments
The Beach At Night

We were done with the party. The scent of pot and the sounds of tipsy forty-somethings singing along with The Zombies became fainter and fainter and we walked into the darkness away from the Santa Monica Pier. Summertime Thursdays bring these evening concerts on the beach, but we hadn’t been close enough to see much […]