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The Most Stunning Views of Turkey

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

Wanderers

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

The beginning

Earlier this year I read an astrology prediction for my sign. “Leo, more about ” it said sagely, dosage “look out for changes in your living arrangements and prepare for an expansion of your world. This could be from changing how you live, cost to traveling.” I scoffed. I had just returned from Paris – broke – and since being in a committed relationship, travelling had become harder and harder to do while solo. I was looking forward to sticking around a bit and maybe enjoying all that Toronto had to offer. For my boyfriend’s 30th birthday (his champagne 30th, may I add) in May, we decided to take a whirlwind, adventure trip: backpacking through Peru for 2 weeks. This was the closest I was coming to understanding that prophecy that my astrological prediction had set out for me. Despite having this on the burner, I felt myself yearning for…

Monday’s Mini Manifesto: Patriotism and Nationhood

I’d never really had an understanding of what it meant to be patriotic. University can be blamed; taking courses that examined the concept of nationhood, nation states and the resounding affects that these concepts had on us, and how we dealt with others, left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Further, sitting at the sidelines beside the US and watching how they would use the concepts of patriotism to exert control over their citizens to fuel wars and increase capitalist hegemony. Through my years of studying politics, taking an active role in it and attempting to affect change, I’ve recognized that as a political and social construct, there have been some very negative repercussions that have emerged from nation identity and patriotism. I do know that there are positives and that while I feel this current system isn’t working, I do recognize that I barely have an idea…