Get Your Mosque on at the Hagia Sophia

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2014. Photo also posted on The Huffington Post courtesy of Janis Powers. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is an epic construct for the millennia, currently trapped in the miserable role of museum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was inaugurated as a church in 537, converted to a mosque in 1453, and then … [Read more...]

What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on January 14, 2014. It's 3:00 in the afternoon in Istanbul. I've hit all the major sights and have had a wonderful time wandering the labyrinthine streets on my third day in this world-class cultural mecca. I'm just out of the lesser-visited, but spectacularly-preserved Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. I'm cold. I'm … [Read more...]