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...]

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...]

Adventures in Middle East Living: Visiting the Embassy

Amman Jordan cityscape

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 early to … [Read more...]

Photo Essay: Views of Mysore – India


As I wrote earlier I had taken a quick trip down to Mysore and Bangalore from Hyderabad with my cousins.  For all of us it was our first time in Karnataka and against my better judgment we ended up taking a day tour of each of the places.  Alas however that doesn’t mean I am without photos, although probably without as many good stories.  Beyond … [Read more...]

Weekly Photo: Fruit Sellers in Hyderabad India

Fruit Sellers - Laad Bazaar - Hyderabad India

  I’ve been terrible about posting India photos I know.  Getting into a car accident right after coming back sorta threw the normal schedule out of alignment and for some reason I haven’t quite brought it back to normal.  I haven’t even sent out my email of photos from the trip (sorry!), so hopefully at least I can try to make up some by … [Read more...]