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 … [Read more...]

On Returns and Turkey

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I enjoy going back to places I have been before, particularly those like Istanbul which are just too big to fully appreciate or understand in one trip.  Heck I’m fairly certain a place like Istanbul would need more than a lifetime to do that properly. This trip around being Eid, and being off from my classes (There are two Eids celebrated by … [Read more...]

Art Exhibit – Zaatari Refugee Children – Amman Jordan

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I’m always the last person to know anything that seems to go on around town.  As I went into my new favorite café (Café Fann wa Chai) in Jabel Al-Webdeih I noticed they were having an art exhibit that opened tonight.  The exhibit is sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and featuring artwork from Syrian refugees in the Zaatari … [Read more...]

Adventures in Middle East Living: Visiting the Embassy

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I didn’t take photos of the embassies so I just have a photo of Amman traffic to share. So wanted to get another story and update on life, love, and study in the Middle east.  Or at least two of the previous three.  Besides regular classes, I've been working on trying to get my business visa to Saudi Arabia. On advice I woke up really … [Read more...]