A Bone-Chilling Birthday: The Pilgrimage to Sedlec Ossuary

One year ago today I had my birthday party in a bone church. Skulls and skeletal remains lay strewn about in every direction. Arranged in pyramids, or strung up high on the ceiling, it felt as though an army of departed souls was watching me closely. I raised my phone to take pictures of this…

Neuschwanstein: A Bavarian King’s Dream Come True

On a cloudy September day, I was cordially invited for afternoon tea at King Ludwig II's castle. Well technically, I invited myself weeks in advance. By purchasing a ticket. And sadly, poor Ludwig's been dead for over 130 years. His hosts ran a tight schedule in order to accommodate thousands of guests. If you failed…

Planting the Seeds of Political Activism Through Treehouses and Onions: The Legacy of Osman Kalin

I've ventured through a few treehouses in my time, but I've never seen one like this before. Upon first glance, this rustic curiosity, perched on a bed of graffiti and ingrown foliage looks like an abandoned shack. Perhaps inhabitants have frequented the place on occasion, needing temporary refuge from the streets. However, being in Berlin,…