Cosmopolitan

The East truly meets the West in Istanbul. Istanbul is a city of the world. The variety of people and cultures here is much more than I had expected. Of course, the Turkish are the most prevalent–-something expected being this is Turkey, after all–-but even the Turkish seem like the amalgamation of 3 or 4 millennia of invaders and traders from Europe, Asia and Africa...

Turkey Trot

In summer of 2013, I traveled to Turkey for a month-long trip with a friend. It was a great experience and such a fascinating country to travel through. It is a country with a long and complex history, beautiful scenery and a diverse and friendly culture. Of all the places I have traveled, it is certainly one of the most friendly. Turkey became one of my favorite travel destinations, and I have advocated for friends and acquaintances to travel there...

Oh, Canada!

Back in June my friend James asked me if I wanted to join him and two other guys, Lucas and Peter on a trip up to the Canadian Rockies (Edmonton, Calgary, Banff and Jasper). They were setting off in early August for a 6 day excursion through Alberta. I was excited that I was asked to join on this trip, although my soon-to-be wife was not as thrilled, mostly because she also wanted to do this same trip someday. Luckily, she loved me enough to let me spread my wings out and fly...

The Karate Kids – Days 9-13 Japan Honeymoon

As we fly back to Seattle from the island of Okinawa, Monica and I recapped our trip. We both agreed we could have done Kyoto for another night or two. The city was definitely on top of our list and we only got to see a fraction of the city. But we had to say "siyounara," so we could make our way to Okinawa. We chose to go to Okinawa so that we could relax and get some beach time for our honeymoon...

Kyoto Madness – Days 6-8 Japan Honeymoon

Kyoto was tenfold the beauty of Tokyo, but it seemed even more hot and humid. We were warned that Japan in the summer would be hot and humid. After all, we were catching the tale end of the monsoon season. I would say summer in Japan is equivalent to DC or even Florida in August. Despite the never ending sauna, I think we both really appreciated the city for what it is. It is a beautiful city, with lots of history...