Travel

DO NOT Miss the Galata Bridge & Galata Tower

Since my post titles automatically capitalize every letter, you have no way of knowing that I put “DO NOT” in all caps and the rest in small letters because that’s how serious I am about not missing this part of Istanbul. <—Which is why I told you there, just now. I’m so, so serious. I had thought about going to the Galata Bridge on my own as I had heard it was worth visiting, but I never made it on my own time. I really had no intention of going to Galata Tower, assuming it was enough to see it towering (lol)…

Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace–Better than Topkapi??

Merve took off work one day while I was staying with her so she could show me a little bit more of her awesome city, which was super nice of her. (Among everything else she did for me while I was there.) She was pretty intent on showing me Dolmabahce, her favorite palace! I had definitely never considered Dolmabahce Palace slash had never even heard of it. It’s pretty overlooked by tourists in favor of the more popular Topkapi Palace. I didn’t go to Topkapi, but I did get in line for a ticket so that I could get away from a Turkish…

My Turkish Bath Experience, AKA: the closest I’ve been to public nudity

“My friend is going to a hamam tomorrow if you want to go. But if you don’t want to, we don’t have to.” My friend Merve, whom I was staying with during my trip, dropped this bomb on me on DAY ONE. I mean, I knew I wanted to do it. And I use that term loosely. “Wanted.” I wanted to be naked in a room full of people about as much as I wanted to join the Ku Klux Klan. I didn’t really want to, but I did want to see what it was like from the inside. I thought it might…

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet District

Hey guys, Hope you didn’t think I got taken as an ISIS bride. (Too soon?) I’ve been back for…some time now…but I’m ready to tell you all about my trip to Turkey and Romania! If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ll have seen some teasers that you’ve probably long since forgotten about (booby lather, anyone?) and I apologize for not pulling through on those stories sooner. You know how much I hate apologizing. To kick off my tour of Istanbul, allow me to introduce you to the Sultanahmet District, an absolutely unavoidable part of the city…

Next stop: Istanbul

Me again. I’m a couple of hours away from embarking on my fourth, and final (?), journey of 2014, just as soon as I decide to get out of bed. My official vacation photographer, Spencer, has requested daily posts about my trip since he can’t be there, and I will do my best to oblige since he let me borrow his backpack and is cat sitting for me. I’m mostly packed and ready to rock almost 24 hours of travel on my way to Istanbul! I will have a tiny copilot with me this time, and Sir Victor is nestled…

Cannon Beach: Rocks ‘N Crepes

While I would’ve been content to wander around Portland everyday during my week in Oregon, we took a day to cruise out to the coast. The drive to Cannon Beach was gorgeous…lush forest on both sides of me that I would’ve probably enjoyed more, but my chauffeur wasn’t a proponent of in-car air conditioning quite like I am, and he wasn’t catching on to my passive-aggressive, heavy, sweaty sighs of discomfort. I was told this drive was 40 minutes, but an hour and a half in, I was beginning to think I had been lied to and dying to get my suffocating ass…

Skydiving Swakop

When we went punting in Cambridge, I took special note that our guide’s name was Derrick, as I’d had another guide by the same name on a previous trip. OG Derrick was my jumping buddy when I went skydiving in Namibia, which remains number one in the top three most exciting near death experiences of my life. 1. Skydiving with Derrick in Namibia 2. Taking a “wrong exit” and “turning around” behind an old Wal*Mart after bar close in Atlanta with a bunch of Brazilian men we’d just met that invited us to another club that was open til 6am 3. That time…

Kayla, Punter of Cambridge

Another day trip we decided to take from Peterborough was to Cambridge, where I was hoping to have my Will & Kate moment with a strapping college lad who was secretly of royal blood. The college lads were aplenty as there are about a bajillion colleges in Cambridge, including a Kaplan University! Our main objective while visiting this college town was to go punting along the River Cam. Though I was second choice to quarterback our high school powder puff team, I’m no punter, plus I didn’t bring proper shoes for punting while in England (of course). Luckily, punting in…

Burghley House: “England’s Greatest Elizabethan House”

Spencer brought up the idea of visiting some kind of manor while we were in Peterborough, so Mallory consulted some people in-the-know and we were directed to Burghley House which is located in Stamford, a quick train ride away. While the train ride was quick, Burghley house was still about a mile and a half from the train station. Walking there wouldn’t have been so bad, but I’m a woman who is constantly unaware of what is considered proper footwear for any occasion and, along with Ashley and Lexi, hobbled along behind long-legged Spencer in my flat as a pancake, five…

Peterborough, England #lucky #soblessed

To recap: I’m in London with no plans! If we’re being honest, I rarely ever plan ahead for things, so this situation is right up my alley. I like to go with the flow. Before leaving New York, I reached out to one of my old bffs from high school, Mallory. In our younger years, Mallory had opened up my eyes to the roller coaster world of interracial dating, and her connections once got me out of getting a second ticket for possession of alcohol underage. I have a lot to thank Mallory for, and even more now! Mallory lives…