Author: Kendra

A Day Trip to the Black Sea

Visiting the Black Sea from Istanbul can be done as a day trip, and it is a lovely one at that. Because my sister doesn’t drive and I didn’t want to drive, we booked a daytrip with a local company. Due to the dearth of tourists scared off by the 2013 unrest, it ended up being a private tour for us – score! After we were picked up at our hotel, we were driven over to the Asian side. Once out of the Istanbullu outskirts, it was a pleasant drive through greenery. It was a breath of fresh air...

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The Whirling Dervishes

“All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!” – Rumi   The first time I had heard of a Whirling Dervish was when I read Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish by Dorothy Gilman as a teenager. Ever since then, in my dorky little mind, getting to see a dervish whirl would be a pinnacle of achievement for me. And I finally achieved it the summer of 2013. But of course, because the Universe enjoys messing with me, I have no photos of the actual ceremony;...

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Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

Visiting Topkapi Palace needs to be planned as if you were going to war – that is, if you’re intent on conquering either the Harem or the Treasury sans competition from a million other tourists. Since my idea of conquering is via camera and getting photos without random people in them, it was easy for us to choose the Harem over the Treasury since the latter forbids photography. Two things were necessary to enable my success – picking a day where there were as few cruise ships in port as possible as well as getting a Museum Pass. A...

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Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

A visit to the Pera Palace Hotel is a great way to get out of the touristy area of Sultanahmet. The neighbourhood in which it lies near Istiklal Caddesi, is a different world from Sultanahmet – much of the European-style architecture dates from the 19th century. There is an air of faded grand elegance and you can almost see the rich ghosts parading up and down the street. The whole area seems to be in the grips of gentrification and I can only hope that it will be a sympathetic gentrification. Thankfully, Pera Palace Hotel’s $30 million renovation between...

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Cappadocia: Life is Up!

Hanging silently but for the sporadic rush of flame heating up the air in the balloon, I didn’t have any epiphanies as I surveyed the awesome Cappadocia landscape from the expansive Turkish sky. Yes, I guess being so high up is a reminder that we’re all small in the grand scheme of things. But I don’t need a hot air balloon to make me remember that. Instead, floating across the sky showed me just how much of this incredible area I wouldn’t be able to see on this particular trip! Philosophical, I am not. I’d booked the balloon flight...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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