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Tales of Turkey

  • Published in Travel Stories
  • Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
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After a year of traveling and generally doing nothing, I finally decided, "I'm going to settle down for a bit." But, unlike most Americans taking this step, I knew the US wouldn't be the location. As a lover of grammar and linguistics and an avid traveler, I had also always wanted to teach English abroad. I began the hunt for a place to work with the only requirements being "not too different but not too similar" and ended up in Ankara, Turkey at a university there. I went for one year and stayed for three and now that I've been away for a bit over a year, I can easily say I would go back in a heartbeat. Honestly, I knew very little about my new home prior to moving there. In 2007, while I was in Rome, I remember meeting a fellow traveler who had just come from Turkey…

The Grand Canyon During Government Shutdown

It's been awhile since my trip, but luckily I have my travel journal handy to remember the details. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but so often it gets categorized in that lame-family-road trip genre. After my visit to Victoria Falls last June- which I promise to write about soon- I became obsessed with visiting Natural Wonders. My husband and I met in the pool of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on my 22nd birthday. We decided it would be fun to travel back to visit for our 2nd wedding anniversary. I'm really not a Vegas person,** (but more on this later- we created an AMAZING non-Vegas Strip itinerary) so 4 whole days in Vegas was not something I could stand for. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is only a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas, which made it a perfect…

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

The day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year, followed by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We at The Trip Trotter have put together our BEST tips for making air travel on these two days a little bit more tolerable.  1. Only bring a carryon. Make sure it's quick and easy to transport. 2. Snacks. Airport food is expensive and often full of calories and salt. Salty snacks are awful to eat while traveling. Bring snacks like Kashi or granola- something with plenty of protein. You want to make sure that you drink a lot of water. 3. Emergen-c! Keep you immune system up while sharing the air with hungreds of others.  4. Load your iPad/Kindle/Smartphone up with a bunch of great books; an easy read, an intellectual read and a bestseller. I advise the Kindle route to save space in your luggage.  5. Make sure you have…

Peter Pan's Donuts- A True Never Never Land

I am a sucker for sweets, however, donuts aren't usually on my go-to list. Generally, I find them too heavy; I can literally feel the fire forming around my stomach. I've recently been reading tons of articles, like this one from the Gothamist about donuts and some of them, I HAD to try. In the heart of Polish Greenpoint is Peter Pan. If for some reason, you have trouble spotting which shop is which, look for the line crawling outside. The interior of Peter Pan is a truly nostalgic blast from the past; a place you'd expect to see in a 1950s family movie. Despite the decent amount of counter bar-type seating, you will be hard-pressed to find a spot. Even the pressing line at the front of the house, Regulars don't seem bothered enough to suck down their coffee and finish reading their paper. This is not that kind…

Lusting after: Ice Hotels

In honor of the first snow today, check out these magical ice hotels. Made of ice, you will feel like you're living in a crystal palace.    Ice Hotel - Sweden This is the largest ice hotel in the world, though it feels more like sleeping in a beautifully curated art museum. Visitors to the hotel will be blown away by the chic Scandinavian architecture, galleries of art and stylish dining options- served on ice! Take shots out of ice shot glasses and dance the night away in the ice night club. Inside the Artic circle, you will be amazed by some of the most incredible views of the Northern Lights- one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World- and the midnight sun. Other activities available are ice driving, horseback riding, snowmobile tours and dog sledding  There are both cold suites and warm suites. For the brave adventurer, the cold…
Recently, I trekked through the newly reopened to tourism country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. My journey through the golden land was incredible, and included beautiful cities, monuments, and rural villages. My journey began in Yangon, and took me northward in my second week. After relaxing and organizing for a few days in Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar, my newfound trekking friends and I mobilized and departed for the backcountry. Although there are a few established guided trips from Hsipaw, the route we wanted to take was far off the beaten path. Rather than see the tried and true, well groomed and setup "farming village" attractions that most tourists are taken to, the five of us wanted to get way out of town, and trek deep into the mountains to see what we might find - be it vast jungle, endless mountain peaks, farmland, or whatever else it is. We…

The Great Pizza Crawl Part 4: Forcella

Off the Lorimer stop on the L train is the Brooklyn branch of the famed pizza joint, Forcella. The restaurants are the product of Italian, Giulio Adriani, a 4-time pizza world champion. The restaurant is comfortable with decent lighting and high and low tables. While there is a bar, Forcella also offers a BYOB option. The waiters are mostly male and often dressed in cute Italian outfits. Most of the personal- sized pizzas on the menu come solely from the wood-burning oven, visible in the open kitchen. However, Forcella’s most famous pizza, the Montanara is a FRIED margarita pizza. The Montanara is delicious; the pizza is fried to a perfect crisp without being heavy or greasy, the sauce has tremendous flavor- almost as if it has been made from heirloom tomatoes and the cheese and spices are spot on.  The one issue with the Montanara is that it must be…

The Great New York Pizza Crawl: Roberta's

Amist the warehouses and loft apartments of Bushwick, lies the famed pizza place, Roberta's. Set off a main street, the thick wooden door of Roberta's might easily have been missed if the masses of patrons weren't waiting outside. Despite it's rather large size, Roberta's vibe is cozy and comfortable. A large woodburning oven at the head of the kitchen illuminates the restaurant with a soft orange glow. The front room is full of communal picnic tables light up by nostalgic colored christmas lights. Once you make your way to the maitre'd, expect upwards of an hour wait. The back of the restaurant has a small bar with minimal seating; you feel constantly in the way standing. Adjacent is another room with a garden. The beer selection is a bit heavy for my tastes, but if you like hoppier lagers and IPA's you will feel right at home. We ordered the…

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