THAT BUG IS QUITE INFECTIOUS

A Photo Essay

 The majestic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

The majestic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

I first got my start in travel in 2009, riding on the coattails of my cousin’s newfound musical success. A wealthy Turkish artist requested her band to fly to Istanbul for an intimate performance in a palace on the Bosphorus overlooking the Asian continent the band asked me to document their adventure.

As I looked out the window of my Turkish Airline flight and watched a golden sunset slowly silhouette centuries of old mosques with towering minarets, I felt sick on excitement, an excitement that I never thought I would experience. Two weeks in Istanbul was not enough. I changed my return flight, and spent a week in Tuscany (Florence, Pistoia, Siena, and Rome) and a week in Barcelona before returning home (completely broke).  

During that first year of travel, I explored Spain, Italy, Turkey and India. I continued exploring the world for the next 5 years. In 2011, I left my dream job as an art director at the Food Network for a textile design job in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After Bangladesh, I was off to Spain for two months, then South Korea for a year to teach English conversation.

 I forgot his name but he owned a jewelry shop in Taksim. He me a bracelet out of turquoise, it was a gift for my kindness and my hand in marriage. I went back to Turkey in 2012 and went to his shop just to wanted to say "hi" to him and his shop was replaced with a hipster coffee shop.

I forgot his name but he owned a jewelry shop in Taksim. He me a bracelet out of turquoise, it was a gift for my kindness and my hand in marriage. I went back to Turkey in 2012 and went to his shop just to wanted to say "hi" to him and his shop was replaced with a hipster coffee shop.

 Nomi Ruiz (my cousin) of Jessica 6 and Hercules and a Love Affair bandmates

Nomi Ruiz (my cousin) of Jessica 6 and Hercules and a Love Affair bandmates

 A view of Kadiköy from my ferry... actually, the wrong ferry. I was trying to get to Kadiköy and ended up further south on the Asia side of Istanbul. I still have no idea where I was.

A view of Kadiköy from my ferry... actually, the wrong ferry. I was trying to get to Kadiköy and ended up further south on the Asia side of Istanbul. I still have no idea where I was.

 A bookshop in Florence, Italy

A bookshop in Florence, Italy

 Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 
 Florence from up high

Florence from up high

 
 Rome

Rome

 Rome

Rome

 Florence

Florence

 Barcelona

Barcelona

 Barcelona

Barcelona

 Barcelona

Barcelona

 Barcelona

Barcelona

 Barcelona

Barcelona

 

 

Rani Cheema