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Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 3)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakçı, I've been...

What a 9-Month Long Trip Around the World Looks Like in 150 Photos

How Far From Home | Posted 11.18.2015 | Travel
How Far From Home

Since departing on our global trip we have covered the equivalent of 40 000 miles, which is almost twice around the equator, visiting 4 continents, 12 countries and 40 cities - and we're only getting started.

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 2)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here. ) The ferry continued rocking back and forth after i...

You Won't Want to Bring Your Kids to These 12 Destinations

Oyster | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel

Whether you're looking to have a romantic getaway with your significant other, or simply cut travel expenses (and annoyances? maybe we're going too far...), there are plenty of destinations best suited for couples.

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.11.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the first part of a three-part fictitious short story.) The train rumbled out of the station as Kiera pushed past the turnstile....

48 Hours in Istanbul: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

Amy Chan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel
Amy Chan

Istanbul is one of the world's most historically rich destinations, a busting metropolis with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. It's a city of many contrasts -- East and West, the old and new, traditional and modern. To help guide your trip, here's a selection of the best of where to eat, stay and play.

6 Super-Cheap Europe Trips for Winter | Posted 10.30.2015 | Travel

To get your planning started, we rounded up 6 European cities where airfares are cheap from across the country, where on-the-ground savings -- and free sights -- can be found.

Orhan Pamuk: Nations Like Persons Have Many Identities

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

Orhan Pamuk, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, stands out as a novelist who, from his lifelong perch in Istanbul, uniquely stra...

What Orhan Pamuk's New Novel Tells Us About Turkey Today

Alev Scott | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Alev Scott

ANKARA -- "A Strangeness in My Mind" is about what it means to be a poor, ordinary Turk, buffeted by the winds of modern politics and traditional mores. It is detailed, intimate, but it is also universal, dealing with emotions like shame, ambition, love and grief, and what it feels like to belong. This is not an intentionally political novel, but if there is a political message, this is it: Turkey needs to recognize its universals, not its differences. Saturday's bombing in Ankara showed us that, with devastating effect.

Ripped Off in Istanbul

Christine Blackburn | Posted 09.29.2015 | Travel
Christine Blackburn

I like to think I know how to travel. I spent 7 years as a flight attendant and did a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the South Pacific. I've trav...

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

The 25 Best Value Cities in the World

trivago | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.

10 European Festivals & Events You Can't Miss This Fall

Trip4real | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel

Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to festival season. For travelers and students visiting Europe we have put together a round-up of this fall's best music and art festivals.

Islamic Call on Climate Appeals to 1.6 Billion Muslims

Yonatan Neril | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

The world's 1.7 billion Muslims do not recognize a unifying religious authority like the Pope. Nevertheless, three Grand Muftis, clerics from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia endorsed the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and spoke at the Symposium.

The Hagia Sophia: Church, Mosque -- Or Battleground?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

As a Christian standing in what had once been a magnificent church, I could not feel the holiness of those huge disks. I felt bullied by them.

Come to Mama

Pam Peterson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Pam Peterson

As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los Angeles just when the ultra-cool French hotel brand, Mama Shelter, would be opening their first United States outpost.

Here's Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S.

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Jennings

We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.

From the Sultan of Cities to a Queen City...

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.14.2015 | New York
Arzu Kaya Uranli

While İstanbul is the sultan of other cities and New York is the "Empire State," Charlotte is the "Queen City." So it's time to explore and see why.

On the Culture Front: Feasts, Ruins and Discovering Gin on the Aegean

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Chris Kompanek

I found myself back in Istanbul last fall. I think the best mark of trip is not wanting to go home and as the final night approached, I had serious anti-homesick pangs. Still, I would have been thrilled with another week on board.

Unexpected Hill | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts

When Oral Göktaş and Sevince Bayrak of, emerging Istanbul based, SO? Architecture and ideas entered a design competition hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts and Turkishceramics, they had no idea how inventive they would have to be when approaching the task.

Music Will Set Us Free

Reuben M. Reynolds III | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Reuben M. Reynolds III

By sharing stories of our lives through music, particularly in places such as Ein Gedi, Jerusalem and Istanbul -- where it is relatively unusual to see artistic expressions of the LGBT experience -- we are planting seeds of change, not only in our audience but in ourselves.

Sophia Jones

Rare Arabic-Language Bookstore Gives Istanbul's Syrian Refugees A Taste Of Home | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

Syrian book publishers Samer al Kadri and Gulnar Hajo, who are refugees from Damascus, opened their own Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul on Friday.

Sophia Jones

This Russian Teen May Have Gone To Join ISIS. Her Dad Is Desperate To Bring Her Back | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

An undated photograph of Varvara Karaulova, provided by her father. ISTANBUL -- It’s been a week since Pavel Karaulov has heard from his daugh...

6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel

This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for fabulous and unquestionably budget-friendly vacations.

Conversations in Istanbul in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

The temperature was a bracing 23 degrees F with high winds, but business was as usual in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Seated in an alley outside the Varol Çay Ocagi, a tea kitchen, I talked with Sefa Ulusan, one of the men who serve çay to the merchants and their customers on the north end of the maze of shops.