Tag Archives: Turkey

Catching up

I haven’t written much specifically for this blog lately because frankly, the last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve found myself in four different airports in between six planes on my way to two new cities, … Continue reading

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The Act of Belonging

I’m a documenter. Everywhere I go, I take hundreds of photos. I keep a small notebook with me where I jot down facts and quotes so I can remember them by the end of the day. And over the past … Continue reading

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Ready, set, go: Pre-Departure to Turkey

  There’s an old dirt racetrack down in Watsonville, Calif., only accessible by the long straight roads that divide berry fields. Every Friday night, crowds flock to the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds, clutching their cowboy hats and hot dogs, to cheer … Continue reading

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Way to Combat Homesickness #453:

….Host a Thanksgiving for 12 in Someone Else’s Kitchen!   I found everyone’s immediate intrigue and excitement the most astonishing. Perhaps endeavoring to round up a dozen new friends on a seemingly “random” Thursday evening in a foreign country after … Continue reading

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Putting Away My Passport

As all good things must end, my thrilling year abroad has concluded. Despite even the last minute attempts of Istanbul to keep me at the airport,(therefore still in Turkey) eventually, I sent along my overstuffed and overweight luggage and got … Continue reading

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Confessions from a Hesitant Dancer

I have a confession: I don’t know how to dance to techno. We all have our awkward years in middle school when we begin to form our faltering moves and the confidence to convince ourselves that we enjoy this painful … Continue reading

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Cue the Applause

I have never been one for languages. Grammar is manageable, but vocabulary is a struggle. For better or worse, with the Georgetown College’s requirement for foreign language, I have taken a few Spanish courses. My first semester, I spoke to … Continue reading

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Appreciating the Symbolism behind Offensive Hand Gestures

There is a book written by an American author that details the significance of Turkish tea. She crafts a lengthy and vibrant metaphor showing the many sides of Turkish culture. Honestly, she writes of aspects shared by many cultures whose … Continue reading

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The First Day of School Blues

Back when I was consumed by boy bands and early morning cartoons, my parents put our family through a moving phase. We moved from one part of the suburbs to another, in my mother’s attempt to put us in the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons You Might Be Afraid to Spend Your Spring Semester in Turkey

The closest you and your friends get to dialogue about Turkey is talking about the new leather ottoman in your living room. Conflict with Syria makes Turkey more relevant on news channels than you might like. Missing 1/4th of your … Continue reading

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