Istanbul Bosphorus 2014

My brother Sezgin, aka photosgrafus has made a little video of the uniquely precious and beautiful necklace of Istanbul.


Here is a great part from one of my favorite movies, Waking Life:

“Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration. And this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another.

And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival. Like, you know, “water.” We came up with a sound for that. Or “Saber-toothed tiger right behind you.” We came up with a sound for that.

But when it gets really interesting, I think, is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing.

What is, like, frustration? Or what is anger or love? When I say “love,” the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this Byzantine conduit in their brain, you know, through their memories of love or lack of love, and they register what I’m saying and they say yes, they understand.

But how do I know they understand?
Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable.

And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another, and we feel that we’ve connected, and we think that we’re understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion.

And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.”

384th The Other Tour Istanbul

We had a great time this Monday. 2 couples + 1 Canadian + Istanbul + The Other Tour = Fantastic Time

Clouds over Istanbul

Today’s art is presented by nature as always…









The Other TripAdvisor Images

Here are some more images from the wonderful past of The Other Tour.

Such an inspiring Aussie

Gotye is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. Best known for his famous “Somebody that I used to know”, his sampling skills and methods are also quite impressive.


Time for some true awe and inspiration! Special thanks to Fabio di Donato for his amazing vision and skill.


One of our past participants Afonso Salcedo, the founder of Sutro Studios have been producing such a meaningful project. We though we must share…

Meet some of the small team from Rise2Shine that travelled to Haiti this past October, to open a new preschool to enroll, support, and save some of the poorest of children in Haiti.

For more information on the preschool and Rise2Shine, and for donating, please visit:

For more information about this project, please click here.