Tag Archives: Istanbul

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Five random ways in which Istanbul is like the Minnesota State Fair

This year, I’ll be missing out on a Minnesota classic: The State Fair. But fortunately, I’ll be surrounded by enough similarities over here to help recreate this quintessentially Midwestern experience on the other side of the globe.

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Now Live: Istanbul Recap Video

After reviewing ~800 video clips and spending countless hours editing a fraction of those, the Istanbul highlight reel is finally here!

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Istanbul

Here’s an ultra-condensed list of our most favorite experiences in this fascinating, vibrant, chaotic city that we called home for three months.

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I tried all the Turkish desserts so you don’t have to

Oh, the things I do for you readers. Here, I share the highlights of my bold quest.

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Sorry, We’re Still Here

It has been brought to my attention by some good friends who are visiting us that we haven’t updated the blog in something like a month. Turns out this is true. This is also terrible. We are, in fact, still here. “Here” is currently different, though. Our visa ran out, so we left Turkey. Our […]

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Politics, Post-Apocalyptic Wastelands, and Soccer

This was more like entering the rugby scrum that Turks call a “queue,” crushing your way through the lines of riot police standing next to the armored troop transport toward the five small doors used to admit thousands of fans, going through the first cattle chute, getting frisked, heading to the second cattle chute, getting frisked again, and finally giving your ticket to the ticket taker. Allow me an understatement. This was quite unpleasant.

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Turkish Haircut 2: Electric Boogaloo

Where to begin? Well, for starters, when I walked in the door post-haircut, Michelle started laughing. Then she didn’t stop laughing. Then she went for the camera while I went for the sink. (I won.) I haven’t seen her laugh like that in some time, actually. This was the result of the styling process which I didn’t ask for per se, but which I absolutely got. I looked like a low-rent Macklemore.

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The day we wandered through a Turkish cement plant and into the wilderness

…Just a few minutes into our walk, we were greeted by a giant pit. This perhaps hinted at our looming descent into a figurative hell, but that symbolism was lost on us at the time and we forged ahead anyway…

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Photo credit: Vladimer Shioshvili

The Turkey Bucket List: Part II

Here is what I (Michelle) would like to do in Turkey, now that I’ve finally gotten around to typing up my bucket list.

02-28-15 - Bukoleon Palace

Byzantine Istanbul Part III: The Bukoleon Palace

The Roman Emperor Theodosius II was a prolific builder, and his fingerprints are all over modern Istanbul. This in spite of the fact that he was emperor some 1600 years ago. If you are a Byzantine buff, you probably know all about Theodosius II, who reigned when the empire was split between eastern and western […]