Blue Mosque Dreaming

Blue Mosque Dreaming

Ever since visiting the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain, when I was 16, I've had a serious soft spot for Arabic or Moorish architecture. I find myself fawning over the horseshoe arches, the intricate, geometric patterns, the swooping Arabic calligraphy… and...
The Beauty of Doing Nothing while Traveling

The Beauty of Doing Nothing while Traveling

On my first backpacking trip through Europe when I was 17, my travel partner and I spent a few days at a hostel villa in Tuscany. After a few weeks of city-to-city backpacking all I wanted to do was breathe, so I plucked a VHS of Serendipity from the hostel library...
The Best Meal I Had in Istanbul

The Best Meal I Had in Istanbul

During my stay in Turkey my cousin Suzy, who is an Istanbul expat, took me to a restaurant so good it deserves its own post- Çinaralti. Çinaralti serves affordable, tasty Turkish food in the style of Korean barbecue. But you won't find any kimchi here- at Çinaralti...
Istanbul by Instagram

Istanbul by Instagram

I won't lie- I kind of love Instagram. And I definitely loved Istanbul. So why not feature a post that combines the two? Here are my favorite shots from my recent trip to Istanbul, a complicated, exotic and stunning city I got to know over a too-short span of five...
Saturday Snapshots 16 & 17

Saturday Snapshots 16 & 17

Hello, lovelies! So as you may have noticed, I didn't post a Saturday Snapshot last week because I was in ISTANBUL, a city that totally deserves all-caps. I have a strict no-computers-allowed rule-on-weekend-trips rule because if I can't be away from my laptop for...