Istanbul: The Ephemeral Charm

I visited Istanbul in January and spent 18 days in this weirdly charming yet frustrating city. I was born in Istanbul and spent 17 years there before leaving for college. My life there consisted of going back and forth between home and school and occasionally meeting up with friends at a cafe, which I would… Continue reading Istanbul: The Ephemeral Charm

Venice: The Eternal City

Venice is truly one of a kind. It oozes with history; it is almost a huge ruin, a floating wreck in the sea. Yet somehow the cracks, the moss, the fading paint create this alluring atmosphere: a movie set, an eternal city. Before traveling to Venice, I read the book Venice, An Interior by Javier Marias. The… Continue reading Venice: The Eternal City