I was a New York City-based travel publicist and occasional blogger when my husband and I were temporarily moved to Istanbul in April 2010. When we arrived in Turkey, we weren’t sure if we wanted a child or how a baby would affect our lifestyle of frequent travel and urban exploration, and returned to Brooklyn with a one-year-old baby with
eight eleven stamps and counting in her passport. We came back to New York in September 2012 but we are still expats at heart.
Vera Alcazar Nesterov was born July 12, 2011 at Istanbul’s American Hospital, and posed for her first passport photo at two weeks of age. From the beginning, we’ve taken her everywhere, from Turkish meyhanes to Irish pubs; on planes, trains, buses, and ferries; to seven countries and seven U.S. states. These are her stories.
You can read more about what you can expect to read on this blog on my welcome post.
Many of our travels pre- and with Vera have appeared (and will continue) on Gadling.com. You can also find me occasionally at TheNotoriousM.E.G., and often on Twitter: @thenotoriousmeg, with a baby-focused feed @knockedupabroad. Want to ask a question or give me some tips? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Many thanks to Alex at VisaStamper for the cool Istanbul passport stamp used in our header. Check out his site for a fun way to log your travels, and buy the new app!*