Four Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 in Personal, Turkey, Yearly | 6 Comments
Four Years Abroad

At the end of July, I sat down and made a list. On it was all the places I’d move to if I had to leave Istanbul quickly. Belgrade, Tbilisi, Kiev, Prague… places I could get to fast and perhaps settle into some substitute version of my life. After the events of July 15, making […]

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 […]

Two Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Istanbul, Personal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Yearly | 8 Comments
Two Years Abroad

I remember New Year’s Eve, 2012. I’d flown in from Aruba that morning—a body shock, with Aruba’s 31-degree-Celsius sunshine replaced with Boston’s 31-degree-Farenheit wind. I was exhausted, but my boyfriend knew I’d regret sleeping through New Year’s, so we braved the bitter cold and headed out to Central Square in Cambridge. Thanks to our contacts […]

A Year Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Istanbul, Personal, Turkey, Yearly | 17 Comments
A Year Abroad

It’s been a year. A whole year. When I left snowy Boston and landed in Istanbul, I had no job and no apartment. Twelve months later, I’m still here. Time has a way of rushing past like a ghost train. New Year’s is when most people do yearly wrap-ups, but that felt wrong for me. […]