I have a life far richer than anything I could have anticipated when I bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul 3 years ago. I have friends and colleagues from all over the world, with diverse interests and backgrounds. I have watched beautiful sunsets on top of rooftop terraces, played soccer at 2 AM, and tasted some of the most amazing flavors the world has to offer. I have negotiated (in Turkish) at the Grand Bazaar, and know how to use public transportation to get almost anywhere in the city.
With every new discovery, I continue to find new reasons to be mesmerized by this dynamic and enchanting city. Istanbul has become my home and my launch pad as I explore the world. I have travelled to Vienna, Rome, Budapest, Madrid, London and along the coast of Croatia. I have explored the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the natural wonder of Pamukkale. I have swam in the Mediterranean and explored the ancient ruins of Efes, Pergamon and Hierapolis. I have taught myself how to cook, plan, travel, teach, and now you can observe my efforts to enter the blogosphere.