About Me

no·mad – ˈnōˌmad/ – nounnomad; plural noun: nomads
  1. a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
  2. a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.

I like to travel. A lot. Whenever I have the time and funds to do so. After lots of pushing by some friends of mine, I decided to start this site. The name “Nomadic Niko”, if you’re wondering, was coined by my friend Pete.

Serving lokma in Istanbul

Serving lokma in Istanbul

I am a Greek-American originally from Northwest Indiana, just outside Chicago. I was an accountant for 8 years and ended up hating it more and more each day. It was miserable. One day, I decided to quit my job and do something different. I had options – get another job, go back to school – but the most appealing one was to travel the world while teaching English.

Silver mine in Potosí, Bolivia

Silver mine in Potosí, Bolivia

Between October 2010 and December 2013, I lived in Istanbul.  How did I end up there? I decided to go to a CELTA course to obtain a certificate to teach English. I applied in Barcelona, Dubai, Buenos Aires, and Istanbul. The Istanbul course was the only one that got back to me in a timely manner, so I signed up, paid the fee, booked my flight, and off I went. My plan was to stay in Istanbul for the duration of the 6 week course and then go off to some other exotic destination. It didn’t exactly work that way – within a week I was hooked – by the beauty of the Bosporus, the charms of the East mixing with the West, and Turkish hospitality. Upon finishing my CELTA, I decided to stick around and try life in Istanbul. It is one of the most magical cities in the world and the best place I have ever lived. It was also a great base for my travels. I miss it dearly.

At a Fenerbahçe game in Istanbul

At a Fenerbahçe game in Istanbul

In January 2014, I decided to pack up and leave Istanbul for South America. My adventure took me first to Chile where I lived for three months in Santiago. It was going to be a much longer stay but I won the World Cup ticket lottery, so it was off to Brazil for two months in May. I ended up getting a volunteer teaching position in a small town in the coffee region of Colombia. I’ve been living there since August 2014, enjoying traveling to different parts of the country and continent with my wife, Marisol.

At an Olympiakos game in Piraeus, Greece

At an Olympiakos game in Greece

What else? I am a Chicago Blackhawks fanatic, first and foremost. I love other sports as well, and am a huge supporter of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago BullsOlympiakos, and Fenerbahçe. I love food (as is evident in many posts), culture, history, archaeology, music, movies, and photography. I am a map nerd, as you will realize while visiting different pages.

So…that’s about it! I hope you enjoy my work.

With the Stanley Cup in Chicago

With the Stanley Cup in Chicago

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