If you’ve emailed me or sent me a MySpace message, I got it while I was gone, but I didn’t respond to anything, since I almost never had access with my laptop and Turkish keyboards are laid out completely differently. (They have two letter I’s, which is amusing when your last name is ‘Ellis’. I […]
…and I forgot to blog the occasion. I’m sorting through pics and videos now, and writing my two pieces. Which will appear Real Soon Now, on Another Blog, which is Still Secret.
There are dudes out front of my hotel here in Frankfurt that appear to be neo-Nazi skinheads — shaved heads, leather jackets with ‘DEMONIC PROBE’ written on them. I’m fighting the urge to put on my leather jacket and my stomping boots and roll down there, singing “Right In Der Fuhrer’s Face” by Spike Jones […]
You did know I was posting all my Turkey pics to my Flickr account, right? I’ll title them all later. Right now I’m on time-limited stupid T-Mobile Europe hotspot access in Frankfurt. Plus I’m lazy. I will have video as well. Plus an actual travel essay, but not here. Somewhere else. I can’t talk about […]
I’m in my friend Mehmet’s carpet shop in Göreme, in Cappadocia. I’m leaving on the night bus to Istanbul (how fucking romantic-sounding is that?) in a couple of hours. Cappadocia is amazing. This whole trip has been amazing. I have billions of pics and videos. I will be in Istanbul tomorrow and Frankfurt tomorrow night, […]
Istanbul is beautiful in a way that’s hard to describe. Imagine if you took Rio, filled it with broken bits of every civilization since the Hittites, and then plunked it down in place of San Francisco. I got off the plane and took the Metro to…well, somewhere or other. I got lost and confused, and […]
Here’s what technology is actually good for: I found an excellent site with information on how to get from the airport in Istanbul to the area with the cheap, good hotels. I copied this into a text file, and sent it via Bluetooth to my new Nokia e61i. Also a Turkish PDF phrasebook. I leave […]
I’m in Frankfurt, in the Hotel Europa, where I stayed last year. (I like this hotel very much.) Here is what I see out my window: Long trip, and I’m leaving for Istanbul tomorrow morning very early. So I’m not up to much here tonight — Joe and I went shopping and met up with […]
I’m off to the airport in a couple of hours. Be back on the 26th. I don’t know how regular my posting will be. Have fun with Thanksgiving, folks.
As I’ve said, I’m leaving for Turkey this Friday, and I’m wondering if the Interwebs have any recommendations for cool places to hang out in Istanbul? Note the wording, here: cool places to hang out. I’m aware of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, both of which I’ve visited before (albeit twenty years ago), and […]