Getting older, Getting wiser

While leaving 41 years behind me, I thought it’s a great time to review and reflect about my life. In the last few years, by removing myself from the western society and lifestyle, I’ve started experiencing within myself the break up of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of…

Colombia: Lost City, Kogis, and Parque Tayrona

Following a few days in the hippie village Taganga in the Santa Marta region, I decided to join the 5 day trek to discover the Lost City in the mountains of Sierra Nevada. Despite the fact that I didn’t have proper hiking shoes or a backpack, the idea seemed like the best thing to do at…

Thailand: Koh Phangan, the magical island

Koh Phangan is like the manifestation of “I want to live on a tropical island” dream hence there are hundreds of expats who have chosen this paradise island as their second home. It also sits on a quartz rock, which creates a strong connection with the moon, that is also probably the secret behind its magic 😉 While…

Northern Thailand: Pai

Pai is a tiny mountain town near Chiang Mai, which is also a hippy gathering center. Tour companies and guesthouses all over Chiang Mai arrange minivan services between Chiang Mai and Pai and the trip takes 3 nauseating but pretty scenic hours, given the 762 sharp curves along the road. We booked our tickets with Aya…

Thailand: Koh Samui and Koh Tao

Koh Samui is the biggest of the three islands located on the east coast of Golf of Thailand (Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are the other two), which I visited in several different occasions. It was my first stop in Thailand in 2015 for the 7-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat and I went there a…

Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai

Beautiful, modern yet authentic bohemian city in the northern part of Thailand, which is the country’s second most-visited city

Cambodia ❤

In between my trips to India and Thailand, I bought a ticket to Cambodia on a whim, which appeared to be a good option while applying and waiting for my 2-month Thai visa application. Cambodia is the first place I visited without making any prior preparations and I am glad I did it this way…

Motorcycle Diaries India Part 2: Goa

To continue from my previous blog entry on Rajhastan (Pushkar, Jaipur, Udaipur), Delhi, and Rishikesh, here is part 2 of my India story discovering the beautiful southern paradise Goa and a bit of Karnataka. Himalayas deserve their own chapter hence I will continue with another blog entry just for the majestic northern region. We arrived in…

Sri Lanka              

I paid an impromptu visit to Sri Lanka to apply for a new tourist visa for India (details below) since the previous one expired after 3 months. Frankly I went to this beautiful island unwillingly by interrupting my stay in Goa however, I was glad I did it since I was super impressed by Sri…

Turkey: Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum

While being originally from Turkey, in the last few years I’ve extended the duration between my visits to my homeland to explore different parts of the world from my home base in New York. This year, I decided to pay a long visit to Turkey during the Xmas-NYE break and ended up spending close to…