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Last year, I went on date to see the movie Kedi at The Music Box here in Chicago. Kedi, in Turkish, simply means "cat," and the film documents the cats in Istanbul who rule the streets and seem, all at once, to belong to everyone and no one. (You can watch the movie here.) The documentary hit a sweet spot for me because, well, CATS, but also because I had spent a month of my travels in Istanbul and around Turkey and remembered fondly all of the cats I saw everywhere while there. There were cats in the streets, cats in...

For the entire ride to Padang Bai, Bali, the driver of the share van kept asking me, "are you sure you want me to drop you off there?" He told me to get off in Amed. To stay there. As we passed Candi Dasa he pointed it out as another option. When we arrived at my destination he again asked if I was sure. He told me to get a cup of coffee. To think about it. He offered to drive me back somewhere else. I was getting agitated and said, forcibly, "I'm sure," and got out of the van. Truth was,...

The moon disappears at 10pm in Lovina. The golden crescent hovers, alone, just above the horizon and slowly makes its way down until completely vanishing. I couldn't figure out the sky there. The sun seemed to set in one direction and rise again in a place that wasn't quite in the same path. I would have loved to sit and watch the sun make it's way from end to end. If I had any sort of patience to do such a thing. ...

I watched the sunset in Lovina, Bali but I also watched the sunrise. Because THE thing to do when traveling in the area is to go on a sunrise Lovina Beach dolphin watching tour. The boats head out early. Many of them. So so many of them. And then they drift, you drift, out at sea, until someone points. And then, when someone points, all of a sudden all of the engines roar in unison and all of the boats will chase towards where that finger is pointing. Each boat driver trying to get the closest to the dolphins and get...