A Love Letter to London

Dear London, My love for you kindled years ago, the first time I visited on a cold November day as a child in the 3rd grade. I remember how the younger me, who loved traveling but was always glad to be going back home to Istanbul, was in a silent woe as she got onto the… Continue reading A Love Letter to London

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

Art and Architecture: Oslo Opera House

Art is the ultimate form of expression. When spatial function and a concern for public needs is added to it, art becomes architecture. Hence, architecture is a form of civic art that embodies the soul of its time, it represents ‘gestalt’ with its arrangement of space as well as its aesthetic qualities. Although not all… Continue reading Art and Architecture: Oslo Opera House

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