Saturday Scenes: Amasya, Turkey

Amasya, Turkey

Outside of Istanbul, the city of Amasya was probably my favorite place in Turkey. Set along  river and surrounded by mountains, the setting could not have been any better. I took this shot from the […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

Saturday Scenes: Istanbul’s Galata Tower

Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey

While the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia get all of the hype in Istanbul, one of my favorite sights was the Galata Tower, especially when it was illuminated at night.

Saturday Scenes: Turkey’s Sumela Monastery

Sumela Monastery, Trabzon, Turkey

Just outside of Trabzon, Turkey, not far from the Black Sea coast, you can find the Sumela Monastery. The monastery was founded way back in the fourth century on the side of a mountain overlooking […]

Live from Tajikistan: My 10 Month Update Post

If all goes well, you will actually be reading this on or around my 10 month anniversary of traveling. I say that because I am writing it from the village of Shing, which is located […]

The Cutest Stray Cats in Istanbul

Yes, I am a cat lover. So in addition to all of the amazing history and architecture I knew I would see in Istanbul, I was really looking forward to seeing all of Istanbul’s stray […]

The Ancient Armenian Capital of Ani

Ani, Turkey

Once upon a time, there was a magnificent city on the banks of the Akhuryan River whose splendor and prominence rivaled that of Baghdad, Cairo and Constantinople. On the map since the 5th century, it […]