My name is Brittany and I am from the great state of New York (specifically Upstate). I am Temple Made with a BA in African American Studies. After graduating I moved my entire life in two suitcases to Istanbul, Turkey where I began my love affair with the ancient Ottoman/Byzantine city. While I was there, I had a blog called “Siyah In Turkey.” Siyah is the Turkish word for “Black” and it was a cute little play on words (Siyah = See ya! Get it?). Out of my love for Turkey, I decided to keep the Siyah when trying to come up with a title for this blog.
After I came back from Turkey, I became an AmeriCorps member with City Year Philadelphia. I served two years with City Year on the Civic Engagement Team where I helped plan City Year Philadelphia’s large scale phyiscal service events. I am currently a Youth Development Volunteer in Peace Corps Peru living in wonderfully hot Amazonas.
I love all things history and Netflix. I love reading, especially Historical Fiction, of course. I love cats, Game of Thrones, cemeteries, my solitude, and The Blessed Glory that is Idris Elba.