Maps and Blog Overhaul

Several people have asked me to create a map showing where exactly I went on my trip, so I’ve gone ahead and made a few. The first one (above) is my trip from Dec. 29th 2012 to Jauary 9th 2013 from Istanbul, Turkey to Erbil, Iraq. The other two (below) show my trip around East…

Video Update #5 – Koia, Iraq

In Koia, Iraq we are invited into a house for food, shown around the university and markets, and then take a walk through a cemetery on the outskirts of town. To read more about our trip there, read the blog entry I wrote last week.

Video Update #4 – Kurdistan, Iraq

The drive from Diyarbakir to Iraqi Kurdistan was one of the more memorable bus rides I’ve ever taken. We sat right in the front of the bus and rolled through mountain passes and by roman ruins including Hasankeyf, which dates back to 1800BC, before getting to the border just after dark. Some fellow passengers were…

Video Update #3 – Diyarbakir

The bus ride from Kayseri to Diyarbakir was our second over-night bus ride in a row, and I was really trying to get some sleep. However, we attracted a lot of attention from the bus staff, who repeatedly tapped us on our heads, woke us up, and continuously attempted to speak with us about anything…

Video Update #2 – Cappadocia

On New Years Day, we left Istanbul on an overnight bus towards Nevsehir, Central Turkey.  When we arrived, the drive said he’d take us the rest of the way to Goreme at no charge.  We pulled through the outskirts of town as the sun was rising.  The landscape was covered in frost and fog and…

Video Update #1 – Istanbul

Now that I’m back in the US, I’ve got the time and resources to edit and upload some video.  Thanks to my broken leg, I’ve also got plenty of time to sit around and reflect on my experience, and to share some insight along with the videos.  I’ve decided to move in chronological order, posting…

Rwanda Bike Tour Video

I’m currently trapped in doors in Connecticut, hiding from a snowstorm that has dumped almost two feet of snow on southern New England.  I’m hiding out at my friend Evie’s place until I can figure out a way to get back to MA, but in the mean time, I’m enjoying the luxuries of fast internet…