Ah Istanbul, Istanbul...

Occasionally, I find myself wondering if I actually like Istanbul. After all, it’s a heaving pile of urban chaos a lot of the time, and I’m a village girl at heart.But then I’ll catch a glimpse of that skyline on an advert or in a film, or the ghost of the smell of roasting chestnuts, or even just the cry of a lone seagull... And suddenly the special magic of this city I’ve come to call home rushes back to envelope me, and I have to admit the truth. I am smitten....more

Hacking Travel

Originally posted on 1/30/13Been away from posting unintentionally, but with good reason. We took a wonderful weekend getaway trip to Istanbul, but despite best attempts and intentions our internet connectivity was weak and infrequent. But sometimes when you travel that's for the best--it causes you to be more present and focused on the experiences. At the same time it makes it nearly impossible to use all the wonderful online resources you've found to make your trip easier and more fulfilling, such as maps, public transportation guides, and brilliant tips from other traveling bloggers....more

A different take on work: On escaping the “emotion work” of everyday life in Istanbul

As one half of aTurkish-American marriage, you notice some cultural differencesright away – and others slowly by slowly. In thinking about cultural differences in this roadtrip called our marriage, work is a key piece when it comes to cultural difference – and as my theme of the month is “work,” due to my par...more

An Unplanned Life

It seems that the most important decisions I have made in my life were made without any planning, and were for the most part made out of necessity. The first—and most significant—of these was actually one that was made for us:  becoming parents. The impact of this life-altering news did more than just turn us into an instant family, it changed everything we knew about our lives....more

New year’s evolution

We resolve to be different. Fitter. Pay off debt. Volunteer. Clean out that god-forsaken garage. Stepping into a fresh calendar year seems like a chance to try on a colorful persona, yet new year’s resolutions are so often based on territory (and self-images) we already know....more

Istanbul — Day 2: Durums, Sights and a lot of Walking

We slept in late on Saturday, late enough so that once we dressed and got coffee it was almost lunch time.  So we decided to get lunch instead of breakfast.  The day before we left New York, I was on the Chowhound message boards looking at potential places to eat in Turkey and Greece.  I came across a great find -- Anthony Bourdain had filmed in Istanbul this very same week and a passerby saw him eatıng and filming at Durum Zade, a little grilling stand in the fish market area of Beyoglu.  Pete did some good mapping and we walked to this durum ...more