To the Border – Turkey

Kilis Turkey

“Is the gate open today?” “What gate?” “The gate at the border” “What border?” The Syrian guy looked at me like I was an idiot as the mini-bus wheezed out of the station. My Arabic almost coming out as second nature given that it was the only language I could successfully speak in this area of Turkey.  I realized quickly around me that … [Read more...]

2015 DC Cherry Blossom Status – March 23

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I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about the cherry blossoms here in DC.  As always it is one of the most popular times of the year in the city and my favorite time of the year as well.  I always look forward to the cherry blossoms not only for them heralding in spring but because they really change the city. This year things have been … [Read more...]

Mount Nemrut and Beyond

Sunset over Mount Nemrut - Turkey

There is very little to do in Adiyaman you almost wonder why any would come here.  If it wasn’t for the nearby Mount Nemrut National Park very few probably would.  We arrived here on the morning bus unsure of how we were going to move forward. So what is Mount Nemrut and why would you come here?  Honestly before coming I really only knew it as a … [Read more...]

East to Gaziantep

On the Road to Nemrut

The flight is leaving in a few hours.  Is it enough time to make it? Yeah, but we have to hurry.   I have been in Istanbul for a few days now, visiting friends, stuffing my face full of delicious food, and trying not to melt in the searing summer weather, but I haven’t really ventured far outside the city yet.  One of my friends … [Read more...]

Visiting Rumelian Fortress

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Where’s that? When my friend recommended we go to Rumelian Fortress I was surprised I had no idea what that place was.  Even my other friend who is living in Istanbul had not heard of it either.  It wasn’t until I actually saw the place did I realize I had seen it from afar.  That fortress on the hill from all the boat ride along the Bosphorus.  … [Read more...]