Cappadocia is a Fantasy World Come to Life

Last weekend I went to Cappadocia in central Turkey.  My brother and his partner are on vacation, touring through the Balkans and visiting Idil’s family in Turkey.  My belated Christmas gift from them was the chance to meet up for a weekend in Cappadocia!


Seriously, Cappadocia is one of the most unique, beautiful places I’ve ever visited.  Idil said that it feels like you’re walking through a Star Wars planet, and she was right.  It was also exactly like wandering through a fantastical setting in a Final Fantasy game.  As someone who THOROUGHLY enjoys escaping the mundanity of real life in favor of fantasy books, movies, or games, it was amazing to realize I could have the best of both (real and fake) worlds!

I may or may not write a longer post about Cappadocia with pictures, but for now, I’d rather leave you with this video!  I did a much better job this time with actually filming the things we were seeing, and WHAT THINGS THEY WERE.  Fairy chimneys, underground cities, and cave churches!  Check it!

The Story of a Friendship: Roy and Tricia

I once heard that it is important to be close to your siblings because that is probably going to be the longest relationship of your life.  Parents die and spouses come later, but siblings can stick around in your life for 80 or more years.  Which is FINE BY ME, because my brother is the coolest person on the planet.

IMG_1716Roy is four years older than me, and I think I’ve always been in awe of him.  My childhood memories center around a common theme:  stumbling through the woods after Roy and his friends, watching movies that Roy thought were cool, playing the games that Roy got excited about.  Don’t get me wrong, I had my own nerdy little shy world, but so much of who I am is an effort to imitate his awesomeness.  Continue reading

Travel Tip – Make Your Own Food

In general, I choose the easy way out.  Is it more expensive and less healthy to buy fast food than it is to make your own dinner?  Yes.  Will I continue to eat fast food anyway?  Yes.

I’m an idiot, but you don’t have to be!    DSC00945

Last year my brother and I roadtripped around the Washington and Oregon border.  One of our AirB&B choices included the use of a kitchen, so we stocked up on eggs, potatoes, and zucchini.  Before leaving Portland for a drive along the Gorge to explore waterfalls, we cooked everything on the stove.  The rich salty smell filled the apartment, and we…looked for somewhere to store our breakfast feast.  Here is the travel tip sub-tip:  when making your own food for a trip, make sure you have something in which to transport itContinue reading