After 9 years traveling and working around the world, I have moved back to Chicago, the city I grew up in (after 15 years away) to study web design and development.

The one consistant thing during my travels was technology, it keeps me in touch with my global community and keeps me in search of images and stories to share.

My creativity, travel, relationships, and education would be nothing without tech. I hope to learn to create beautiful, user friendly sites that can connect and impart a feeling and invoke the essence of a physical place while solely existing in the digital realm.

Hold tight, I'm a new web designer and will put sample sites up as soon as I make them!

This site just went up and is under construction. I'm currently designing content (i.e, I know that resume is small- working on it!)

I'm also tweaking type, design, alignment so please come stop by later and see the progress!

Taking photos is in my blood. My great-grandfather Bahaettin was a pioneer: he was the first Turkish photographer and the only one to capture Crete's history on film.

After a year-and-a-half in banking, I quit my job and traveled around the world for 9 years. I spent summers evading bears and high tides in Alaska, worked in rural France in a 15th-century chateau bed and breakfast and farm, bar-tended on the beaches of Thailand, and backpacked throughout Europe, Asia, Turkey, Morocco, Central and South America.

I picked up a camera to add visuals to supplement my travel blog, and discovered in myself qualities of my great-grandfather's perceptive eye.

Take a moment to wander though my blog. The Road is Life started out as a place to collect stories and lessons from my world travels.

Now the blog serves as a place for musings, inspiraton, and photography.