Photo Story // Places Worth Writing Home About

I have been stuck in a bit of a rut, lately. It probably has to do with moving cities and starting from scratch. I had gotten used to the sights and sounds of Harbin, the morning market grannies knew what I bought as they would call out “the foreigner is here”; I had become part […]

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Chilly Ferry Boat Ride to Buyukada, Prince’s Islands..

The morning I decided to go to the Prince’s Islands, it was a little gloomy and really, a normal person could have postponed it. I was adamant though. I was set on going so I did. I should have dressed more appropriately, you know. Warmer clothes and the likes. I met an American (originally from […]

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Istanbul: Belgrad Ormani, Long Bus Rides & Tea

Before I left for Istanbul, I had asked my host for any hiking spots nearby. His response, “Istanbul is hilly so every day will feel like a hike…or, you can go to the Belgrade Forest.” I was sold as soon as he said forest! Who doesn’t want to speak to the ents in the forest! […]

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Istanbul Nightlife: DoRock and Istiklal Cd in Taksim..

I made a little durak at DoRock! I found an alternative scene in Istanbul, just off the main, bustling Istiklal cd in Taksim. I enjoyed this place. Great rock music from local bands. I went to this dark, grungy little place twice. The first time I went alone but I made friends with two guys […]

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Istanbul: View from the Galata Tower and Sultanahmet

As you may have gathered, this was my favourite spot. I stopped by around the vibrant galata tower or walked passed it every day! This time, I decided to give up that 25 TL and take a trip to the top of the tower to see the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. It was […]

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Heat: Arriving in Istanbul

Going through customs was rather simple. I really did not have to worry about anything. I was a little too exhausted for my liking and I really just wanted to crash. As a local would do, I took the Havatas Bus from the Sabiha Gokcen airport to Taksim which happened to be the last stop. […]

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Not All Those Who Wander are Lost: Turkey

My first international trip. I decided to spend two weeks in Istanbul, Turkey. I am travelling alone and everyone I have met has told me that I am brave, or absolutely mental. It has been great either way. It took a lot of planning for me to get here. With a minimal budget and hopes […]

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