Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, I left for the U.S. to go to grad school when I was 22. Except for a brief return in the early 2000s, I have lived outside of Turkey ever since. I was an expat in the UAE and Hong Kong for almost ten years and returned to the U.S. with my family in 2015. I am currently based in the Washington, D.C. area. My posts are about places in the world that I have traveled to and the things I have observed and experienced in those places.