About

IMG_0048I have a case of incurable wanderlust and a great deal of love for all things food. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, my first big adventure into the world was moving to New York. For the next twenty years, I had two careers, traveled quite a bit in South America, Europe, and Asia, ran three marathons, had a few heartbreaks and triumphs, and made New York my home.

After much deliberation, I decided to make a life change and took last year off. Following a few months of living in Bangkok, I’ve finally found my way back to Istanbul. Right now I am enjoying my time with the family and contemplating what to do next.

I am a recovered workaholic. After working 60-hour weeks for years, I now realize that all that matters in life are people you love and being able to live in the moment, and I try to remind that to myself every day.

What about this blog? This is a place to share and exchange ideas about life, travel, food, and everyday musings about little things here and there. I hope to connect with like-minded people and exchange ideas, learn from each other.

Please comment or message me to share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!

Relish

43 thoughts on “About

  1. Enjoyed your post and your lovely photos, some of which places I recognize. I admire your willingness to live in Bangkok. I am not quite ready to go back to Thailand and it wouldn’t be Bangkik but the food is fabulous, the textiles beautiful and the people are friendly, but the traffic and the pollution – too much for me.

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    1. Thank you! I agree that the traffic and pollution are issues in Bangkok, but for the time being it is ok. If you compare the traffic to Istanbul, I think Bangkok is not so bad 🙂

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  2. It’s a good idea to settle with loved ones after a busy work schedule. I liked what your blog is all about, and I hope to read more of your post. I wish you a successful blogging class.

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  3. I have similar circumstances. I retired after 40+ years in the corporate world and have found much more entertaining events to fill the void. Reading and writing blogs keep me pretty busy and I love it.

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    1. I agree with you, there is so much to do and fun to be had. I feel like I am a lot busier even though I haven’t been working.
      I will soon be working again, but this long break has been wonderful and now I feel energized to get back to work.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I really love the name of your blog. At first I thought it had something to do with the food, but soon realized it was more to do with the verb, the action f relishing life’s wonders. I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

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  5. Hi thanks for following my blog, and I am now following yours as well. Loved your guts of pursue your dreams. I am about to embark on my Thailand trip and 4-6 months of South America adventure, and feeling now I join the right crowd. Happy travels.

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  6. Hey relish, just wanted to thank you for checking out my about page. After exploring the depths of the mind, I could use a little wanderlust. Sorry it took so long to send my thanks.

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    1. Thank you! I was just over at your blog and I love it. There are many recipes that I would like to try. I look forward to taking the Photo101 together!

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  7. Thank you for following Storyteller. What part of Brooklyn? I was born there and even though I make a big deal of being a New Orleans-based photographer, we have a home in Brooklyn, as well. — Ray

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    1. Hello Ray, thanks for stopping by. I lived in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and I loved my time there. What a great community. Where is your home in Brooklyn?

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      1. Sadly the gentrification is all over Brooklyn, even where I lived in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I witnessed the change in a couple of years. I like living in Istanbul. I was born here but I spent most of my adult life in NYC. So it is an adjustment, but being close to family is absolutely wonderful.

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      2. Cobble Hill can’t heavily gentrified because it is a tightly controlled historical district, much like the Garden District where we also live in New Orleans. So, Istanbul is home? That gives you a very unique perspective. We travel a lot, but that’s one place neither of us has been.

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      3. Glad to hear at least Cobble Hill is protected. Yes, Istanbul is home although you never know what life brings. With its beautiful chaos, energy, historical and geographical importance, Istanbul is very well worth a visit. You guys should come out!

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      4. It seems like it is protected. Yet, these big structures keep popping up. The middle of what you wrote sort of excites me. The way I work best is to sort of immerse myself and let the pictures come to me. That means spending some time in a place. Luckily, neither of us care about “high class” hotel standards… 🙂

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      5. Agreed, it takes time to digest what you see. Last year I moved to Bangkok after falling in love with the city at a previous trip, then when I lived there I realized that it was better to visit rather than living there.

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