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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…

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