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Instagram Update: The Best of January+

Instagram Update: The Best of January+ Somehow between Christmas and New Year and running off to India for both of those and more, I managed to skip posting my favorite and best/most popular photos from Instagram in December. The past few months on Instagram have reflected my actual travel and location a lot more than the … Continue reading »

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia: An 80 Year Anniversary

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia: An 80 Year Anniversary I’ll level with you for a moment. Lonely Planet and every other tourist guide out there would have you believe that the moment you step into the Hagia Sophia, your life will change. Angels will sing and the sky will shine and you will never be the same … Continue reading »

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The Museum of Innocence: Love and Madness in Istanbul

The Museum of Innocence: Love and Madness in Istanbul It’s all an elaborate and precisely constructed lie: a museum built to tell the story of a self-referential book created around the contents of the soon-to-finish museum. A tale of love and loss, but mainly madness, which is entirely fictional but in which the very real … Continue reading »

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The Year in Photos: 2014

The Year in Photos: 2014 I take a lot of photos. I don’t have a firm count on how many I shot in 2014, but I kept around 5000 shots this year and tend to delete the majority of what I take so 10,000 is a conservative estimate. Even with all those to choose from, … Continue reading »

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On Death and Drowning in Lycia: The Rock Tombs of Myra and Kekova Sunken City

On Death and Drowning in Lycia: The Rock Tombs of Myra and Kekova Sunken City Southern Turkey is hugely popular with travelers,  but most will stick to the beaches of Antalya or Alanya. What most miss, and perhaps the most interesting part of the province, is the many centuries of Greek and Lycian civilizations and Arab … Continue reading »

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Instagram Update: The Best of November

I know, I know, I know. Only two posts in November, and both of those fro old trips to Europe! I spent November in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the beaches of Southern Turkey and online working in Bishkek… and yet somehow didn’t get around to writing about ANY of it. Luckily, though, I did … Continue reading »

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Instagram Update: The Best of October

I realize things have been unusually quiet around here since September, but as is often the case the more I find myself traveling the less free time I seem to have to write travel blog posts. I’ve been in and out of Bishkek over the past month, researching and getting permits for an ongoing project on … Continue reading »

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Aynalikavak Pavilion – The Ottoman Sultan’s Garden

Aynalikavak Pavilion – The Ottoman Sultan’s Garden Much like the magnificent Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, the AynaliKavak Pavilion stands as a forgotten reminder of Ottoman power in the middle of an otherwise quiet neighborhood on the Golden Horn. While places like the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia get millions of visitors … Continue reading »

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