Dogs

Then there are the dogs, mentioned by every Western traveler to pass through Istanbul during the nineteenth century, from Lamartine and Gerard de Nerval to Mark Twain; they continue to bring drama to the city’s streets. They all look alike, their coats all the same color for which no one has a name – a […]

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Refuge of the Roads

Just about a year ago, I went camping a few weeks before I departed for my three month stint of traveling through the Balkans. I remember that weekend really giving Joni Mitchell’s Hejira a good listening, and was really struck by the mood of the album. She said of it: “I wrote the album while […]

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Pristina Friends

I spent about ten days recently in Pristina, Kosovo, visiting one friend and making a few new ones. My first acquaintance was a stray puppy hanging out by the dumpsters. I whistled from afar, and the dog wagged its tail and followed along. She wanted to play! Everyone else out on the street was ready […]

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Rambling thoughts

I’ve been thinking for a while about the age of facebook. The world of status updates, relationship statuses, of tagging photos, and the world of “bar photos.” It’s an aspect of the modern world that irritates me. And yet, I have a facebook account! So it’s an aspect of the modern world that irritates me, […]

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Style

I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionable person. I don’t really follow fashion at all. I don’t keep up on trends or what’s in or out of style. From what I gather, I’d need to pick up a few pairs of skinny jeans, trucker hats, a fixie, and a self-righteous hipster attitude to catch up and […]

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