Monthly Archives: September 2010

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.