I got a message the other day asking for advice. A friend is heading to Turkey in May and has … Continue reading Musings on Fear and Risk After the Istanbul Bombing
It was a stencil on an abandoned building that first caught my attention. I’d seen the graffiti prominent in almost … Continue reading The Street Art of Karaköy
“Do you like Istanbul,” the young man asks. There is hopeful expectation in his eyes as he awaits my reply. … Continue reading Dear Istanbul – I love you, but . . .
To say Istanbul is a busy city would be an understatement. With a population of more than 14 million, Istanbul … Continue reading Gülhane – Calm amid the Chaos
I left dehydrated, raw and with my right shoulder, already bad from a chronic injury, near immobile and needing the … Continue reading The Hammam Experience
I noticed him while checking out the view of the Bosphorous from the south lawn of Suleymaniye Camii. A lone … Continue reading The Dog on the Roof
“You’re breaking my heart!” Once again, I hear that lament as I pass yet another vendor in the Grand Bazaar, … Continue reading Breaking Hearts in the Grand Bazaar