Time to brag, I’m a very lucky guy

I’d just like to use my corner of the internet to say that I am dating a lovely and wonderful woman!  The Washington Post is running a series spotlighting federal employees, and hannah’s work and accomplishments were selected to be highlighted by their column.  Read all the details here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022103924.html

hannah, I’m so proud of you!

Crossing streets and backing up

Istanbul has a lot of quirks; they measure in the millions.  One of them is backing up: going in reverse.  I’m talking about driving, not dancing, for what its worth.  Driving in Istanbul is an adventure.  Walking isn’t really safe; and bicycling is out of the question. One of the many reasons for this is whoever’s brilliant idea it was to install a reverse gear in automobiles.

Every day here I see cars going in reverse for reasons that are beyond my comprehension. Once a week or so I’m nearly killed by a car going in reverse.

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Southeastern Adventures: Eric finally updates his blog

Peppers. They’re better than that you can imagine.

Last week* I had the excellent fortune of traveling to southeastern Anatolia with my good friend Greg.  For the next few days I hope to write about some of my experiences and thoughts from my travels.  We visited Gaziantep, Urfa, and Nemrut National Park.  My first entry focuses on the epicurean aspects of our jaunt.  And, let me say, the delicacies of southern Turkey do not disappoint…

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Home is where you hang your hat, and of course where you eat a scrumptious shrimp poboy

When people ask me where I’m from I usually have to make a choice.  Do I give them the long answer?  Am I  from the place where I was born?  I’m always American, now and then I’m from Washington, D.C., other times my answer is more along the lines of, “well, I’m from all over, really.” In some ways I’m a Texan, I mean, I do carry around a Texas driver’s license.   But I’ve never been in Texas more than a few months, really.

I’m not blessed with a bonafide Cajun name like Boudreaux or Herbert, but without a doubt the place I most associate as home is south Louisiana.  It’s a fine place to have as a home.  In fact, when I read articles like this one, I realize that Lafayette is a place that I often yearn for, living thousands of miles away.  What I wouldn’t give for a shrimp poboy and or fresh boiled crawfish.

cheers! prost! şerefe!

I came across this gem of an article yesterday in Time Magazine.  Good news for Europeans, students, and unemployed people everywhere!

My first jump

Yamaç paraşütü - Ölüdeniz

To start things off with a bang:  Paragliding.

Some 10 days ago, I embarked on my first solo vacation that I can remember taking.  I’ve traveled quite a bit solo before, but always with some kind of purpose, i.e. visiting a friend or making my way to a specific destination.  Traveling alone without a specific purpose, I learned, is a refreshing and rejuvenating endeavor which leads to unexpected new experiences.  After spending a number of nights reading, sleeping, and relaxing in a bungalo in serene Kabak valley  (an out of the way paradise tucked between two hills at the beginning of the Lycian Way in southwestern Turkey where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet), I slowly found myself restless. Continue reading

Hoş Geldiniz – an introduction

So, finally, I’ve decided to get down to business with this blog. May this be the beginning of something beautiful.

In this space I plan to write about my travels and adventures in Istanbul, other parts of Turkey, and hopefully -soon- Cyprus. In addition, I’ll link to news, good stuff, and whatever strikes my fancy, all the while providing a humorous and insightful stream-of-conscious commentary.