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In a Byzantine cistern

On: May 31st, 2007 at 10:36 am | Number of Comments » 0

The Basilica Cistern is haunting. Built in 532, it is a piece of engineering genius for its time. It served as a reservoir for Constantinople’s water, brought by aqueduct from the Belgrade Forest. 336 columns stand in darkness in a few feet of water. Many of the columns were salvaged from other ruins (yes, ruins […]


Suleymaniye Tea Garden

On: May 30th, 2007 at 1:42 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Imagine sipping tea at in a courtyard attached to the Suleymaniye Mosque complex, where for centuries foreign travellers and natives, elites and commoners, have lounged after a long day to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, conversations with friends, and maybe a waterpipe. Sara and I skipped the waterpipe, sticking to çay (chai = tea) and water […]


Gazing upon Asia

On: May 28th, 2007 at 3:19 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Sunday afternoon Sara (pictured beautifully above) and I took a boat tour up the Bosphorus, the stretch of water separating the European and Asian continents. Sara is gazing upon Asia here, dreaming of the spices that landed here ages ago from China at the end of Silk Road.


Live from Istanbul!

On: May 27th, 2007 at 2:00 am | Number of Comments » 0

This is the view of the Blue Mosque from atop the hotel that Sara and I are staying at here in Istanbul. We have breakfast (olives, cheese, jam, yogurt, honey, bread, green plums, tomatoes, cucumbers, tea) each morning with this wonderful view, gorgeous weather, in this fabulously interesting city. Our conference papers went well, so […]


the announcement

On: May 18th, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Number of Comments » 0

For those Goyareaders who did not get one mailed to you:


good eye

On: May 17th, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Number of Comments » 2

good eye This wasn’t the homerun hit. I think it turned into a double. I love the concentration of her eye on the ball. I just have to get her to follow through a little more with her swing and she’ll hit it to the outfield every time.


chugging to third

On: May 17th, 2007 at 10:20 pm | Number of Comments » 0

chugging to third I’m pleased to report that the Red Rubies defeated one of the toughest teams in the league, the one I like least because of one jerk-of-an-assistant coach on it. Safa shined with a couple doubles and a home run (actually a triple stretched to a homerun) and couple good fielding plays. More […]


Rev. Jerry Falwell Died

On: May 16th, 2007 at 1:56 am | Number of Comments » 3

Thank God.