Mel Candea

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Food Is the Word

By on November 27, 2012

Food is one of the more important aspects of living abroad.

There truly is no way of expressing how delicious comfort food is, or the delicacy in being in a…

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Parrot Diapers and Other Tales: Online Freelance Writing

By on November 21, 2012

One of the second-most common questions we get asked is about our work. Armando’s told you about his film work, so it’s probably time I explain what it is…

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Scarfage, So Misunderstood: Women Who Wear Scarves

By on November 16, 2012

The hijab is an integral part of any Muslim culture, and from a Western viewpoint it can be easily- badly- judged. It’s something that I’m trying to educate myself…

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Birthday Non-Woes in Istanbul

By on November 15, 2012

It’s true, another year has expired with me in its circumference. I’m not complaining, in the least. This is how I spent my birthday in Istanbul.

I have a gorgeous…

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At Your Service: Deliveries in Istanbul

By on November 13, 2012

The service industry in Turkey comes in the expected forms, i.e. waiters, but they add a significant twist: the delivery.
We’ve tried (and failed) to find something in Istanbul that…

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Catstantinople: Cats in Istanbul

By on November 10, 2012

We can’t possibly ignore the second-highest population of Istanbul: the cats.
If we thought Plovdiv had an affection for the felines, they have absolutely nothing on Istanbullus (yep, just learned…

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Truly Interesting Facts about Turkey

By on November 9, 2012

I’m a sucker for useless information. It actually makes me happy to know that a blue whale’s tongue weighs more than the average elephant.
Which of course led me…

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On Being Foreign and Female in Istanbul

By on November 6, 2012

We all think we have a brilliant sense of humor, but I think mine has been getting a workout lately. It’s a matter of being American female in a…

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The Denizens of Beyoglu: A Great Istanbul Hostel to Check Out

By on November 5, 2012

We spend an inordinate amount of time in the Chillout Hostel, a great Istanbul Hostel to check out (Halas Street, No. 3 Taksim) Cengo, not the group-floor Chillout. There are several…

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The Princes’ Islands: Heybeli Ada

By on October 26, 2012

The hostel is brilliant for not just exposing us to different people and lifestyles, but also for the great suggestions we get for what to do and see whilst…

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Turkish Police and Other Musings

By on October 26, 2012

Apologies for backtracking a wee bit, but I want to get back to some first impressions and Armando’s expected run-in with the Turkish police. Our first week we came…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

By on October 16, 2012

Our neighborhood rocks. It rolls. It’s a constant surprise, as are our new neighbors in Istanbul. I’ve mentioned how we found the perfect parking spot, thanks to Nina.
After an…

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First Day Introductions: Selam

By on October 14, 2012

Our number one focus of our first day discovering Istanbul was to find a permanent parking space without having to pay.
We went back to Chillout Cengo (the hostel offering…

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Welcome to Turkey: No Parking Allowed

By on October 13, 2012

It’s been a hectic few days, so I’ll try to be as succinct as I can.
We arrived* officially in Turkey after 5 checkpoints, an attempt at a vehicle…

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Discover Plovdiv, a.k.a. Philippopolis Bulgaria: A Photog’s Dream

By on October 9, 2012

We stayed in Plovdiv for 2 days, in the street where Armando’s Italian friend Vincent lives. Discover Plovdiv was a stark contrast to Sofia.
Relaxed, smiling people and a seraphically…

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Top Fives from a Short Stay in Sofia

By on October 5, 2012

As unfair as it is in the short time I’ve been here and part* of this society, I’m making lists.
Top 5 Things I’ll Miss From Sofia:
1.) The cool people…

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Criminality, Mayhaps: Street Art in Bulgaria

By on October 5, 2012

I mentioned earlier how Armando seems to attract both thieves and police. Today was no different, but before I get into my good morning, morning officer, I’ll give you…

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The Road to Sofia (from the CZ): Our First Official Euro Road Trip

By on October 4, 2012

Initially, we’d planned on spending some time in Prague to get the sense of how it- and we- would be in the van.
How to organize our lives, our…