Friday, March 24th, 2017

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t […]

A Day in Kadikoy: Scenes from Istanbul’s Asian Side

“Go to the Asian side — it’s one of the best things to do in Istanbul.” Nearly everyone told me this on my first trip to Turkey nearly two years ago. Yet for some reason, I spent my first trip firmly ensconced on the European side of the Bosphorus (journeys to Sabiha Gocken Airport notwithstanding). […]

Stray Cats in Istanbul

As I walked through the streets of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s historic center, I noticed that there were quite a few cats milling about.  That’s nothing special — you see that in most cities.  Probably Rome more than anywhere else. But upon further inspection, I realized that unlike the frail, weak stray cats that fill most cities, […]

Strange Food: Istanbul’s Chicken Pudding

While in Istanbul, I spent the majority of my time doing two things: eating and walking.  And eating while walking, and walking to restaurants.  Have I mentioned that I enjoy food? One of the most memorable meals was in a tiny, nondescript restaurant by the Galata Bridge called Kismet Muhallebecisi (Kucukpazar Cad. 68, Eminonu, Istanbul).  Jodi […]

Istanbul: As Seen By Instagram

Istanbul is an insanely photogenic city — mosques and minarets dotting the landscape, the Bosphorus so much bigger than it looks on a map, the cramped streets filled with meticulously tended buildings, the blood-red Turkish flag waving in the breeze. So of course I had to get out my iPhone to capture this beauty!  Here […]

Taking a Break in Istanbul — and Where to Do It

When I got to Istanbul, I was physically and mentally exhausted.  I had just had a very fun but very tiring week in Jordan, which came immediately after an exhilarating but exhausting week at WTM in London.  Planning those back to back wasn’t the brightest idea in the universe, and I had basically been going […]

Adventurous Kate Gets Naked in Public

Getting naked in public is not the kind of thing I set out to do on a regular basis, but in Istanbul, I knew I had to experience a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath! These communal bathing facilities are an institution in Turkey.  A traditional hammam includes a bath, a heavy-duty body scrub, and a […]

Arrival in Istanbul: From Uninspiring to Irresistible!

I’m not in the best mindset when I arrive in Istanbul. Things aren’t going well.  It’s freezing cold.  Nobody will exchange my Jordanian dinars.  As I ride the crowded metro into the city, I quickly learn that deodorant isn’t exactly a “thing” here.  And to top it off, everyone is glaring at me for bringing […]