Daring and Lucky: My Summer Break Traveling during the Pandemic

Sunday, August 9 was the first workday of the semester. I had to appear on campus, sign a slip of paper verifying to the department that I was actually in the country, and (I almost forgot) fill out an online form verifying to the university that I was back from summer break. Normally, this would… Continue reading Daring and Lucky: My Summer Break Traveling during the Pandemic

The Cats of Istanbul (Plus Some Dogs and a Bird Too)

One of the things that stood out to me during my time in Istanbul was the number of cats (kediler) that peacefully inhabited the city. Cats. were. everywhere. Before visiting Istanbul, I knew that the city had cats because I watched a documentary called Kedi that was released several years ago. However, I didn’t realize the kindness… Continue reading The Cats of Istanbul (Plus Some Dogs and a Bird Too)

American Thanksgiving in Doha, Qatar

There was nothing special leading up to November 23, 2017—none of the holiday cues that I associate with “American” Thanksgiving. I didn’t have an abbreviated work schedule at Qatar University: teach on Monday and Tuesday, have Wednesday through Friday off. Stores in Doha weren’t pushing Halloween costumes and then Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales. (Strangely enough, the… Continue reading American Thanksgiving in Doha, Qatar