Lycian Way – Arrivals, Doubts, and Going Anyway

January 14, 2014 13 Comments »

Antalya Turkey

  I woke up doubting everything. How am I going to carry a 30 pound pack over the course of 2 weeks climbing up and down hills – and a mountain pass of 3000 ft? I can’t do this. It will be impossible. But I got up, brushed my teeth, and went anyway. I arrived […]

Week In-Stagram Review

December 6, 2013 12 Comments »

umbrellas turkey

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then each Friday I will post 5 (7 this week!) of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, […]

The Lycian Way – Fears, Prep, Digital Detox

October 29, 2013 16 Comments »

Lycian Way views

I’ve been wearing my hiking boots around NYC all week. I wear the clunky, unfashionable boots out to the grocery store, to go get beer, to run to the pharmacy, and in the apartment I’m staying in. After 7 years of being away from NYC have I finally lost my fashion sense? No – I’m […]

Istanbul’s Diverse Neighborhoods – how to choose?

October 2, 2012 53 Comments »

Istanbul modern art museum sign

In a city of 13 million people covering 2000 square miles how do you know where to begin? Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean and it is easily the largest city in Turkey. It’s been growing since the 1950’s when migrants from Anatolia flocked to the city in search of economic […]

Istanbul Photography

September 21, 2012 28 Comments »

Galata Tower Istanbul Sunset

Four weeks in Istanbul means a lot of photos!  Here are some of my favorite more obscure shots from some familiar and not so familiar parts of the city.  When I can travel slow and have the time to really live in a city – I enjoy getting out and seeing the local life outside […]

The Strangest Place I Have Ever Stayed

September 20, 2012 18 Comments »

dentist sign istanbul

I’ve slept in some really weird places – trains, gers, tents in the middle of nowhere, cars – but a little apartment in Istanbul was the strangest I have experienced to date. In fact I’m sitting in the living room of the shared apartment now and I can hear the drilling – a constant hum […]

Shopping on the Wrong Side of Town

September 14, 2012 21 Comments »

Everyone talks about wanting to find local experiences when you travel – strangely one of my best local finds in Istanbul was a place where the locals tried to convince me to stay away from.  Were they trying to hide it’s greatness?!  I honestly don’t think so – instead they were simply trying to ensure […]

A Walk in the Turkish Food Markets

September 13, 2012 16 Comments »

hills of spices in the spice market

As we wandered through the market I was finally able to ask all of the questions that had been consuming my brain in Turkish markets. What’s this? How do they make that? What is this used for? When do people eat this? And the list goes on and on. Whenever you explore a new country’s […]

Unique Turkish Desserts Found in Istanbul

September 4, 2012 9 Comments »

turkish desserts including Ceviz Macunu

I look at the walnut at the end of my fork and inspected it closely. It wasn’t just the nut part that we normally crack the shell to get to – but instead it was the whole shell poised on my fork prong. How in the world did the Turkish make this impenetrable nut into […]

Getting Dirty in Cappadocia

August 28, 2012 11 Comments »

parked quad bikes overlooking Cappadocia Turkey

My hands vibrate, the noise is deafening, and there is so much dust I can hardly see the dirt path in front of me. My lips are tightly pursed so as not to take in too much dust in my lungs – but even though my lips are sealed – I am smiling inside. Yesterday […]

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