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

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...]