Istanbul Tulip Festival 2017

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It’s not officially spring in Turkey until the tulips start to bloom… and of course, in Istanbul, this means the beginning of the annual Tulip Festival. Many people associate tulips with the Dutch, but they were actually exported there from Turkey during the time of the Ottoman Empire. You can see tulips on pottery and textile design going back centuries and you may even recognize […]

Serendipity

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Cappadocia, Chicago, family, nostaglia, Portugal, slow travel, travel, USA, Washington DC

People often ask me questions about the life I’m living, and I get it. I’m definitely not following a conventional path in life or career and some of the choices I make tend to leave others scratching their heads a bit. I often hear, “I wish I could do what you do, but…” or “I could never do what you do”… and a lot of […]

Life in Turkey: Seker Bayram and Ramazan

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Today was a bit of coincidence as there are major holidays happening in both my homeland and adopted home. So while I’m watching 4th of July beach parties, BBQs and red, white, and blue fireworks displays back in the states, here in Turkey they’re getting ready to celebrate three days of Seker Bayram, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan. Ramazan (known […]

Where to Eat in Lisbon: Cervejaria Ramiro

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I had first seen Cervejaria Ramiro on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode on Lisbon. Known for serving a huge variety of fresh seafood with grilled steak sandwiches for “dessert”, it was on my short list of places to visit in my trip to Portugal. I had plans to meet my friend Flavia from Brazil for dinner, as she happened to be passing through Lisbon on […]

250 Days

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, budget tips, Cappadocia, Chile, destinations, South Africa, South America, travel, Uncategorized

What a beautiful journey this has been and continues to be, every day… As I’ve recently passed the 250-day mark in my travels, I figured it was time for another update. When I wrote my 100 Days update, I tried to dispel the myth of travel being so expensive by giving you a breakdown of costs from my first few countries. Although they have gone […]