Week 10 Italy Revisited

I hadn’t been to Italy in twenty years so even though my stamina for traveling was slowly ebbing, I decided i had to go to Italy so I could practice my Italian and drink the best coffee in the world. i was definitely disappointed in many things but i was not sorry that i went. […]

Week 10 Italy Revisited

I hadn’t been to Italy in twenty years so even though my stamina for traveling was slowly ebbing, I decided i had to go to Italy so I could practice my Italian and drink the best coffee in the world. i was definitely disappointed in many things but i was not sorry that i went. […]

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Week 9 Tourists, Asylum seekers and the Homogenization of the World

There is a cultural tourist office, Les Arts Turcs, in Istanbul that does private tours of the synagogues in the city. Until the 1920’s, there was a huge Jewish community living in Turkey, the majority in Istanbul and Izmir where there are still many synagogues. Unfortunately it is a process to get permission to visit […]

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Week 8 The tourist invasion in Turkey

After my ten hour bus ride from Ayvalik , returning from Lesvos to Istanbul, I decided it was time to switch to airplanes. When my friend arrived from Seattle with a two week time limit, we booked a flight from Istanbul to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Arriving at the airport 11am, we went to check in […]

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Week 7 Greece Revisited.

It was raining and windy when the boat docked in Mytellini last week but immediately I felt I was back in Europe. Even though Greece is going through a financial crisis, and Turkey has a decent economy, the two countries are worlds apart. Greece is modern, Turkey is teetering between yesterday and today. Just as […]

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