Brian M.'s Archive

Mountain Treasures

By / December 2011

A black stone puts Erzurum on the map.

A Break in the Clouds

By / December 2011

On the horizon in Mondsee, we could make out the edge of the lake, but nothing of the majestic Drachenwand or Schafberg mountains. The clouds were opaque, impenetrable.

Taming the Fanatics

By / December 2011

On the western outskirts of Istanbul, at an intersection in the middle-class district of Bah├želievler, there is a statue of a lion clutching a trophy in its paws. The monument, which rises three stories, commemorates the Turkish football team Galatasaray's victory over London powerhouse Arsenal to win the UEFA Cup, European football's top prize, in the spring of 2000.