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Turkey, You Get Me

To be honest, I was surprised I’d like Turkey so much. I think as soon as we left Istanbul, Turkish culture became real to me. I always feel that big cities are too worldly – there are generally too many cultures in one place, and too exposed to outside influences, not to mention too big and fast – to truly understand a country’s overall culture.
May 3, 2012 · Continue Reading · 21
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White Knuckles: Getting Out of Istanbul Alive Part 2

Our first taxi driver from the airport to Bahaus Hostel shocked us, but in a good way. His care at every turn along with controlled speed made the trip on Easter Sunday morning — in completely desolate roads — something on par with sightseeing. Perhaps for a minute I thought Turkey had learned to drive in the few months since my departure in October.
April 17, 2012 · Continue Reading · 13
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Getting Out of Istanbul Alive

When you travel in a country that is well-known for bad driving -- notorious for it even -- you might start to worry as soon as your taxi driver decides to answer his phone while driving at 80mph. Turkey is one of the most dangerous driving countries in the world. Here are my experiences from just 4 days in Istanbul.
January 3, 2012 · Continue Reading · 12

23 Images of the Aya Sofia in Istanbul

The Aya Sofia is one of Istanbul's most prominent attractions. I had no idea, however, that it would be so big... or so awe-inspiring. Rather than try to fill this page with a huge list of cliches and overused expressions, I figured I'd let the images do the talking for me. Enjoy!
December 19, 2011 · Continue Reading · 26
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Journey on the Bosphorus River

Oblivious to the cold that would most likely accompany my time in Turkey at the end of October, one of the few things I really wanted to do while there was ride along the Bosphorus River.
Driving through Istanbul
Istanbul is an very large city, one that spreads across the shores of the Borsphorus River — a river (well…… Read more
November 9, 2011 · Continue Reading · 5
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I love hostels, but…

I typically enjoy a good hostel stay, especially as a solo traveler. However, after meeting up with Beth and Randy of, I was happy to get the chance to spend the night in a Roomorama apartment in Istanbul. Read on to find out why it was so special!
November 4, 2011 · Continue Reading · 12
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Cold Hearted and Into the Cold

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I am very far from being openly affectionate — with friends and with family. I hate, with a passion, the Australian way of greeting with cheek-kissing, even people you barely know. I hate it. Even though I’ve come to accept it and therefore embrace hugging random friends on a regular basis… Read more
November 2, 2011 · Continue Reading · 14

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