“I tell my customers – I am addicted to playing with colors, thank you for supporting my habit.”
I met fellow color and fiber junkie Inese Liepina through a mutual designer friend in San Francisco, who introduced us via email on my birthday in 2010. Inese, raised in Chicago by parents […]
The old town in Midyat, with church towers dotting the horizon
Our next wander on the Tulip Trip was among the stone houses once and maybe still belonging to families of Syriac/Suryani Christians – not to be confused with residents of Syria. Many of those who survived the horrors of World War I […]
Go fly a kite: an assortment of bright paper creatures were flying above the Mardin Museum
The Turkish Tulip Trip continues, this time to the city of Mardin
Traveling in Southeastern Turkey may not be easy. Overcoming culture shock, covering long distances, walking in hot weather with little shade on uneven pavements, adjusting to […]
Derik, Mardin Province, Southeastern Turkey
After Job and Viransehir, our Turkish Tulip Trip meandered even more decidedly off the beaten path for one more day. We arrived in Derik, a short jaunt north off the international highway leading along the Syrian border from Urfa to Mardin. Derik is the home of Abit’s mother’s side […]
A family visit…
More from our spring 2013 Turkish Tulip Trip: Viransehir
Probably the most challenging part of our trip this past spring was not climbing the peak of Nemrut Dagi, or walking around Diyarbakir as a group of very obviously foreign women, or negotiating the often horrendous traffic in Istanbul.
Our first journey in the Southeast, after flying from Istanbul to Urfa and spending a quiet village evening. The Turkish Tulip Trip travels to Mount Nemrut.
We set out early morning by van to traverse the Euphrates, taking a small ferry a short distance across the longest river in Western Asia, one of the two […]
Honor, Violence and the Girl Effect “They are young, with burning blood” – a line from Iffet
Iffet is the name of the main female character in a popular series on Turkish TV; her name translates to ‘chastity’. In modern day Istanbul, a working class guy torches his own taxi in manipulative […]
Places we hope to see this May, in the company of friends new and old, staying in ancient “karvansarays” and villages where Abit grew up, where many in his large extended family still live. Details are being determined, and will appear here soon.
If you are interested in joining us, please let us […]