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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...

On our last full day, Steven and I boarded a Phi Phi Island booze cruise around the islands. Of course, for me, this meant little drinking (me + booze + rocky boat is not a good combination) and that I was the only one on board wearing a life jacket the whole time. Because I'm totally lame. Did I ever mention I can't really swim? But there were beautiful beaches and beautiful swimming and beautiful little monkeys and a beautiful sunset… And, of course, there was Maya Bay, the beach made famous by the movie The Beach. [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full"...

I've been living on pina coladas. It seems like the appropriate thing to do when you're on an island. A pineapple shake to start the day followed by a couple of coconut concoctions throughout the day is enough to sustain anyone on a beach. Steven and I took a ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi island where we spent three days wandering beaches and drinking. The first night we wandered about, got some black pepper crab, got lost on the beach, and watched the rain pour over the hills from our bungalow porch....