istanbul

Since I fell in love with a Turkish boy shortly after I fell in love with Turkey, Istanbul has become my second home. Since spring I've found myself flying there every few weeks for Turkish ice cream, coffee-ground fortunes, and of course quality time with the boo.

Said boo works, though, so I often find myself wandering the city on my own. With the tourist traps all out of the way, I've made it my mission to discover the city's cafes one cappuccino and çay and a time. So hello Brew Coffee Works, home to this lovely latte art lunch and the distinctly adorable interior featured in the second-to-last photo. It's a beautiful escape full of old-timey French music and light and right in the center, too. A perhaps slightly mediocre 3.5/5 for cappuccino deliciousness but the ambience more than makes up for it.

My previous trip to the city of terrifying taxi rides was golden for weather, so we spent lots of time on the Bosphorus drinking rosé and eating fancy food. Every now and then I think it's healthy to take a vacation that allows you to pretend you are a princess, or at least that's what I tell myself each time the check comes.

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museum highlight: hamburger kunsthalle

By now I'm sure everyone knows I've got a soft spot for modern art museums (so many open spaces! so many clean lines!) so check out these photos of Hamburg's Kunsthalle. Unfortunately the museum is undergoing renovations so I was only able to visit the "white cube" portion of the building but... who am I kidding, that's what I was there for anyways.

But wait! There are cool things going on behind the scenes too!: I have officially booked myself a backpacking trip to South America for the full month of January! Working on finalizing the itinerary but be jealous. Be very jealous.

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hamburg

Ahhh well here I was meaning to post on Monday and somehow it's Friday already. I don't know whether to sigh in relief or panic that it's almost Monday again - I feel perpetually behind on school and four weeks in I already don't want to know whatever else there is to know about Public Management. I'm already wasting time feeling jealous of the generation that will just be able to upload all this knowledge off a chip into their brain.

Luckily Berlin's skies are still acting like summer, by which I mean there is sun and I don't need gloves yet, which is pretty darn good for October I'd say. I've got to get all the rest of my summer photos up before the matching weather is too far gone to have been plausibly in the same year, so bear with me while I try to juggle a schedule that does just not have enough naptime in it.

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nyc again

My last trip back to the rents' was in July, actually, but we've already established my propensity for posting procrastination. I had recently officially stopped eating meat but Shake Shack makes a pretty good 'Shroom Burger & my iron levels came back totally satisfactory, plus my Vitamin D levels were so high I got an accidental farmer's tan. Also my kid cousin came for a visit, so you may think my camera roll is just full of well-framed photographic masterpieces like these but actually it's mostly unflattering creeper pictures of me sweating like Niagara Falls.

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budapest

While I'm on a trips-I-forgot-to-mention roll, Budapest! A beautiful city with delicious food, most of which seems to at least resemble if not be some sort of goulash. The success of 3-day jaunt through the city was largely thanks to our wonderful Brazilian CS host, who probably knew more about Budapest and its history than any random Hungarian you might pester for insider tips on the street. Free tour guide! Hooray! Why I keep going back to the network.

Meanwhile in Berlin, Isa enters her first week of grad school and somehow seems to be starting already behind. I've been crashing each afternoon after marathon study sessions at the library (and marathoning your brain is at least as exhausting as marathoning your legs) and feeding myself rather haphazardly with cafeteria food, cookies, and too many avocados, if there is such a thing. Also partying like a pro, I don't even think anyone's caught on to the fact that I'm an introvert yet.

Time management is key, I know, I'm just still trying to figure out how to manage it. But my schedule has graced me with semester-long long weekends, which means Amsterdam this weekend to visit the boy and lots of studying on the bus.

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