Category 'Middle East'
March 7, 2014Turkey is a country I’ve spent a fair bit of time in. When I sit down and think about it, it’s actually the country I’ve spent the fourth most amount of days in during my twenty-seven-and-a-half years on this planet, falling in behind the UK, South Korea, and Taiwan, which are all places I’ve called, or are currently calling, home. Yet, I haven’t written as much about Turkey as I probably should have – and that includes the wonderful world…
November 25, 2013It’s been a while since I’ve done a Fantasy Five post. Does anyone even remember that that’s a thing that I do? Because it totally is. I did one post about South Korea’s islands, and another about Africa…, along with a few more about things I’d love to do in various regions or destinations around the world. Kind of a wishlist, dream trip type thing. So I’m resurrecting it again, and this time Turkey is the subject.
October 4, 2013Before my most recent trip to Istanbul, I didn’t really do much research. I’d been before, knew how to get around, and was somewhat familiar with the city. In not doing any research, I’d overlooked one very important fact – that it was Ramadan when I arrived in the city. Luckily it turned out not to affect me whatsoever, as Istanbul is a very secular city, at least compared to others in the country. Although Ramadan ended up imposing…
September 30, 2013My favourite neighbourhood in Istanbul lies on the Asian side of the river and on my first day in the city, right after checking into my hostel, I rushed out to meet Kate and Mario to head down to Eminonu ferry port and cross the Bosphorus to meet up with Katrinka…. During my first trip to Istanbul I’d stayed in Uskudar, and had been to Kadikoy with my CouchSurfing host for just an hour or two. My brief time
September 25, 2013Often the best things that happen when you’re travelling are the things you didn’t plan: the restaurant you just stumbled across, the shady square ringed by trees with a fountain in its centre, or the cafe with a cute, quirky interior design that serves amazing almond mochas. That last one is Colaj Café in Brasov, where I took refuge after enacting my hostel revenge. In Odessa…, I ended up being drawn to a free public screening of a
September 23, 2013After deciding to skip out on Georgia and Armenia and head back to South Korea to see Gil Dong at the end of July, I wound up with more days than I’d initially planned in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Having been to Istanbul previously…, the manic metropolis didn’t faze me this time around, and I resolved to delve a little deeper under the skin of this transcontinental urban wonderland.
August 26, 2013I don’t like everywhere I travel to, and I’ve never pretended that I have done. A fair few cities have left me underwhelmed – Gaziantep, Washington DC, Vilnius, I’m looking at you – an ready to catch the next train/plane/tumbleweed out of there, or wishing that Muggle-borns could, too, apparate. Yet as someone who doesn’t own a blog called, ‘Complainy Rants From Around The World’, or isn’t the star of that wretched TV show An …
May 10, 2013Turkish food has popped up on the blog a couple of times before, with the likes of baklava and Ayvalik toast taking centre stage among delectable bites from the country that straddles two continents. This week, Maryanne, the brains between Ephemera and Demetrius, Wok With Me Baby and Awesome Mops of China… (phew, she’s a busy lady!) gives us the low-down on what she considers to be the sexiest Turkish food. And believe me, Turkish food is pretty
September 12, 2012Not every city bowls you over with its beauty, seduces your stomach with its food or makes you forgive the morning after hangover. Some destinations just don’t have that wow factor, and I’ve come across a few in my travels (can Vilnius, Sunderland and Busan… step forward, please?) Few places have the power to truly offend me though. I can only think of two that I’ve thoroughly loathed. One is Waegwan, a small town close to Daegu in South
September 7, 2012Turkish food contains all the right components to make people go misty-eyed. During my month in Turkey two years ago, I dined on fried mussel sandwiches, famous Turkish ice cream, creamy Iskender kebab, and bags of the most amazing sour cherries in Istanbul. I ate Gozleme in between exploring phallic shaped rocks in Cappadocia, with this post… taking me back to the delight my taste buds encountered in the sweltering July heat. Perhaps the nearest and dearest to my heart