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

View of Istanbul - Turkey

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...]

Notes from an Indian Train

India Country side - From Train

It’s been 20 years… Wow 20 years…seems almost unbelievable.  I really can’t believe its been that long.  I had to recheck my math to verify that. But yes strangely in fact 20 years since my last train ride in India.  And you would probably think so much has changed in that amount of time, but maybe not as much you would imagine. To be … [Read more...]

Wandering in the Jungle – Andhra Pradesh

Wandering in the Jungle - Andhra Pradesh

“Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. ” – Tahir Shah He clearly never spent much time at an Indian bus station, or perhaps that effect might be anger, frustration, or confusion.  I jest…sort of. It’s 600am and we are wandering through the crowds of the city bus terminal in Hyderabad.  Buses, cars, rickshaws, carts and people … [Read more...]

Visiting the Bone Setter – India

Visiting the Bone Setter - India

An old city injury requires an old city solution. Or at least that sounds like justification enough. For those who don’t know, I’m pretty accident prone.  Ok I’m very accident prone as I’ve been known to fall down going up stairs, find mysterious wounds on me, or walk into the occasional wall.  I’ve even been told that I’m better on skis than … [Read more...]