Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:47 pm Today, having nowhere in particular to go, I sat down to rewatch A Map For Saturday, a documentary about a guy from New York City who quit his job to travel around the world for a year. The film’s title refers to the eternal Saturday of life on the […]


The more remote and untraveled a place I visit, the more I find myself defined- by others and increasingly by myself- by a sense of location. Jordan, in absolute terms, is neither, particularly since Petra’s recent designation as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but neither is it exactly Paris or a […]

In Which Forbidden Topics Are Discussed

After subsisting for two days on my Turkey goodbye-presents (fantastic olives from Berna and a bag of not-altogether-delicious cookie approximations from Yagmur), I decided last night that it was time to go in search of food. Stepping out the front door of the hotel, I noticed three things all but immediately:1. Everyone was wearing those […]

Sierra’s Celebrated and Long-Awaited Arrival in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Allaaaahu akbarrr. Allaaaaahu akbarrr. Allaaaahu akbarrr.There are a number of totally normal places to hear those words. In a mosque, for instance (or really anywhere within announcing distance of one if you happen to be in an Islamic country), or on one of those grainy videos made by people whose job description starts with T […]


Blah blah Ataturk, blah blah Bulgaria, but what about what you’re actually doing now? Fear not, I’m about to explain. Today is my day off. Friday isn’t usually my free day, but things have been getting shuffled around a lot recently, what with people getting fired and rehired and Ilker, the manager, planning to close […]

Bulgaria? More like DULLgaria ahahahahoho

Although I consider myself pretty well-versed in geography, for an American anyway (I managed to stun a group of Finns during a drunken geography quiz the other night by knowing that China is the world’s leading exporter of peaches), I have to admit that there are large portions of the world which press on existing […]

Go Time

(Before I get started, I should point out that the image at the top of the page ^ belongs to some guy on Flickr. PalFest, thanks). I’ve been in Turkey for three months now. Only five days left until I pack my things up again. My bags are getting lighter and lighter every time- it’s […]