People of Sichuan Province

The Chinese New Year this year, welcoming the year of the Sheep, was a great opportunity to get out of the capital city, Beijing, and see the holiday from a very different perspective. Not only is the Province of Sichuan ethnically different, with many more ethnic minorities, including a very large Tibetan population, but theContinue reading “People of Sichuan Province”

Empires Come, Empires Go

The church on the cliff in Amasra, Turkey, on the Black Sea coast, was built in the early AD’s, then destroyed, rebuilt, then turned into a mosque, then back into a church, saw medieval castle walls rise around it and crumble away, and then turned into a mosque again. Turkey’s Black Sea coast has patientlyContinue reading “Empires Come, Empires Go”

The Turks In Turkey

That is Ted. That is not a Turk. But it is in Turkey. Istanbul. The cliche “east meets west” romanticization is in fact quite accurate, Persian rugs draped across Byzantine era stone rooms that now house Italian cafes. Istanbul isn’t all Byzantine churches and ottoman mosques, though there’s plenty of that. There’s also classy restaurantsContinue reading “The Turks In Turkey”