Road Trip through Belgium: Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp

Caitlin Alaina - December 30, 2017

Big cities are often the destination of most travelers. Urban metropolises are well known and convenient to get to. But if you have the chance, venture out to the smaller cities, towns and villages as they will give you a true feel of what the country is really like. Brussels was a lovely city, but I enjoyed Belgium’s quaint quarters even more! After two days …

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Oh for the love of waffles! Brussels, Belgium

Caitlin Alaina - December 20, 2017

Highlight: Grand Place in the center of Brussels (from the photo above). It’s widely known as one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and I couldn’t agree more! You must visit these ornate, historic buildings dating from the 17th century once during the day and once at night – the lights make the architecture even more magical.  Budget: Pack light, skip taxis and take …

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Yoga 101

Caitlin Alaina - November 6, 2017

  I love getting the opportunity to combine my journalism with my love for all things fitness/wellness! In this issue of Lale Magazine, I wrote an article all about Yoga. What is yoga? What are the benefits to a regular practice? What style of yoga would I like? Where can I practice yoga? This summer I became a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher and it was …

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Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Caitlin Alaina - October 24, 2017

Living abroad and experiencing different foods and flavors definitely gives me inspiration in the kitchen. I’ve always loved curries but traditional Indian curries are heavy and require hard to access spices. This recipe is quick, easy and healthy but still bursting with flavor! I try to incorporate at least one meatless dinner a week for Jon and I, and this is a keeper. I made …

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Harvest Skillet

Caitlin Alaina - October 3, 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome back. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog. Jon and I are back in Istanbul and getting into the swing of a new basketball season. That also means, me trying to create healthy, well-rounded and yummy meals for us to fuel our bodies and also enjoy. I did an Insta-story of the ‘Harvest Skillet’ recipe I made and so …

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Children’s Day: Celebrating Resilient Refugees

Caitlin Alaina - April 22, 2017

Sunday, April 23, Children’s Day in Turkey. “Marking the foundation of Parliament on April 23, 1920, during the Turkish War of Independence, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, named this day as Children’s Day to emphasize that children are the future of a nation.”  I’ve lived in Turkey for five years, and although I’m still perplexed at how many national holidays are …

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What the girl who left everything wants you to know

Caitlin Alaina - March 27, 2017

“There was no time to say goodbye or pack my favorite things. My dad came home and said we had to leave now to save our lives. So we left. We left everything.”  ———- I met my friend, Rahma when she was a student of mine last year. As I wrote about previously, the association I taught at partnered with the U.S. and Turkish embassies. Local refugees …

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