Traveling Bookworms

Traveling Bookworms

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in General Travel, India, Norway, Rwanda, Turkey | One Comment

I adore books. One of my favorite things in the whole world to do is to spend an afternoon in a bookshop, leafing through the pages and breathing in their smell. (Side note: this is why I find the rise of e-books to be so distressing. When was the last time anyone felt more relaxed […]

No Meat Please: Random Musings on Vegetarian Travel

No Meat Please: Random Musings on Vegetarian Travel

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Argentina, France, General Travel, India, Japan, Turkey | 3 Comments

Being a vegetarian is always a challenge, even at home. It can lead to awkward moments when I go to someone’s house for dinner and they’ve whipped up a nice meaty meal, and I do feel a little left out at barbecues when I’m relegated to eating the side dishes. Declining to eat meat while […]

A Tale of Two Train Rides

A Tale of Two Train Rides

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in General Travel, Turkey | 4 Comments

I have always had a thing for train travel. I love watching the world go by outside my window without having to worry about other vehicles sharing my space (as I would if we were, say, on a bus). I love having dinner in the restaurant car, I love the vendors who pass through selling […]

Kidnapped in Kapadokya

Kidnapped in Kapadokya

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in General Travel, Turkey | One Comment

Our flight from Istanbul to Kayseri proved completely uneventful. Once again, we used Pegasus Air and the tickets, including 10 kg of additional baggage allowance, came to about $140… for two! Take that lousy Ryanair! We were quite happy to leave rainy Istanbul and touch down in the drier, though colder, region of Cappadocia (known as […]

Brrrrrr! (Or, Istanbul Part Two)

Brrrrrr! (Or, Istanbul Part Two)

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in General Travel, Turkey | 4 Comments

After visiting Ephesus, we hopped on an overnight train in Izmir and made our way back to Istanbul for a few more days in that energetic, gargantuan city. Between the time we left and the time we returned, though, something had happened: winter had arrived. It was freezing and rainy (sometimes torrentially so) throughout our […]

Humdrum Bodrum & Magnificent Ephesus

Humdrum Bodrum & Magnificent Ephesus

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in General Travel, Turkey | One Comment

After a couple of days in incredible Istanbul, we boarded a plane to Bodrum in the middle of a crazy rainstorm. It turned out to be so rough along the Turkish coast that our plane was diverted to Izmir where we refueled and awaited the go-ahead from Bodrum! 45 minutes later, we were airborne again […]

Istanbul (Not Constantinople), Take One

Istanbul (Not Constantinople), Take One

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in General Travel, Turkey | 3 Comments

Turkey is like no place else we’ve been. It is often described as a land of contradictions, but I prefer to think of it as a land of inclusiveness. It is Muslim, and it loves a good beer or a pastis-like liquor called raki. It is the birthplace of much of civilization (and Santa Claus!), […]