A primer to Turkish Wine, secrets of La Rioja, and more
Addictions / Beer / Spain / Travel / Turkey / Wine

A primer to Turkish Wine, secrets of La Rioja, and more

I’ve been busy; lately, I’ve swirled, sipped, and delighted in copious cups of good wine (and as you can see above, tea). All, I’m telling you, in the name of ahem, research. From further afield, my insight: A guide to Turkish wine, plus wineries to visit in Turkey’s enchanting land of fairy chimneys. You must try it, … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk China
China / Expat Life / Food / Photography / Tips / Travel

Let’s Talk China

China. Zhōngguó. 中国.  It’s the Kingdom of extremes, and one that’s utterly baffling to most outside of it. For me, however, China allures as strongly as the poignant smell of Chòu dòufu (or, stinky tofu). If you haven’t been to China before, trust me on this one, it’s powerful. This country, frankly put, is like nowhere else I’ve … Continue reading

A Taste of Turkey & a Revolution, too
Food / Istanbul / Photography / Revolution / Travel / Turkey

A Taste of Turkey & a Revolution, too

Dip into Turkey and you’ll taste more than its stereotypical kebab and baklava. For starters, Turkey’s Spanish-style mezes, similar to tapas as some menus allude, are so refreshing I truly wish this took over as Turkey’s mass export to the world. My personal favorite, the yogurt dip, which is often flavored just right with fresh … Continue reading

The Onward Journey–Turkish coffees and Greek Islands
Addictions / Food / Greece / Morocco / Nature / Photography / Tips / Travel / Turkey

The Onward Journey–Turkish coffees and Greek Islands

Cut the Kitsch is hitting the road! After a nearly sleepless night on a bus from Madrid to Barcelona, I’m fleeing the Iberian Peninsula via El Prat Airport. My first stop: 4 days exploring a city that straddles two continents. My itinerary is quite lax. Except to say, I’ll be treating myself to a Turkish … Continue reading

Do more–5 tips to spice up your travel experiences–for FREE
Photography / Travel

Do more–5 tips to spice up your travel experiences–for FREE

It’s the question I’m asked constantly. “How do you travel so often? You’re always going somewhere interesting.” My quick answer: location, Ryan Air, a flexible job, and research. But there are a few tricks to the art of traveling cheap (and sometimes for free!) that every vagabond should know. 1. Couchsurfing Most people know about … Continue reading