Tales of Travel: Istanbul (II): Summa summarum and plans of return

Slowly, surely, my stay in Istanbul is coming to a close. The world of sky-reaching minarets, regular imam songs, loud bazaars with fragrances all over the spectrum and endless offers of kilims, corn, sesame pretzels, kebabs and chai I will leave behind soon. The experience, however, will stay with me for a very long time, …

Tales of Travel: Istanbul (I): Fearless discourse on freedom and equality

I’ve been traveling again, this time to a place that I can safely now cross off my bucket list: Istanbul. Former Constantinople, Constantinya, the Golden Horn and many other names this city had over the centuries. There’s undoubtedly a sort of energy here, something deep, old and pounding, like a heart under your feet that …

Tale of Travel – Tallinn

Early July, 2015, me and my future husband went to Tallinn, Estonia. I’ve been there before, but always in winter and always on business. First time in my life I figured that if you go to a new place on business, it doesn’t count as visited...