Istanbul Rising: Orange rinds and coffee grinds

Istanbul is the coziest place in winter. While summer can be an inferno, winter is truly when this city sets itself apart. Coming from Canada — land of remorseless, bitter cold — I used to dread the...

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Istanbul Rising: An outside perspective

Let’s talk about sharing, shall we? I want to talk about it because I had a lengthy conversation about this subject with a good Turkish friend of mine who recently moved to Germany. He was...

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Istanbul rising: Every experience is a gift

Last month I had the opportunity to travel back to Canada for a long, wonderful visit. One lovely Sunday, I found myself sitting at a small micro-brewery surrounded by old friends and family, where we...

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Istanbul Rising: Slow down

In the last month, I’ve traveled out of my fair city and I’ve had the good fortune to spend time with old friends. Perhaps it’s because we rarely see each other, perhaps it’s because we...

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Istanbul Rising: Reach for it

When I was here years ago, I lived in an area called Galata. The neighborhood is now probably one of Istanbul’s most frequented tourist destinations, although at the time it certainly wasn’t. It was empty,...

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Istanbul Rising: the real deal on the low-down ditty

The alternative scene: it’s a bit flaky, no? Let’s admit it, people. There is a lot of mumbo jumbo out there, and a lot of self-diagnosis, self-importance, and a lot of fear in general in...

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Istanbul Rising: Holding a space in the infinite divine

The first time I met the owner of the prenatal yoga studio I work at in Istanbul, it was under slightly surreal circumstances. A friend of mine had passed away, and I had gone to...

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Istanbul Rising: Travel here, travel there, travel everywhere

Spring (or tulip season, as we like to call it here) has arrived in the bright city, but some locals are not here to marvel at its glory. Sure, tourists are arriving in droves — so...

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Istanbul Rising — a death, a ban, and a deep breath

Against a backdrop of political turmoil and uncertainty in Turkey, Meghan MacIver shares her fears and hopes for her adopted home… “It was like I’d come home for the first time,” my girlfriend told me,...

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