Istanbul in one word: AMAZING

Istanbul was the most beautiful, interesting, amazing place I have ever been. I loved the mixture of old and new and east and west. It is very European in some ways, and not so European in other ways. Trying to figure out Turkish was slightly exhausting as it’s not an Indo-European language, but now I am really intrigued about the history of the culture and language. And that is exactly why I feel the need to travel so much.

I will post pictures soon, but I really need to lie down because after a tram, a subway, two planes, and a train, I feel like throwing up again…

So my traveling is almost over for the summer. I am happy to be home and getting settled in the new apartment, though of course I am also really happy that I was able to travel so much these past few weeks and see wonderful friends that I miss.

My next trip is back to the US in July for my sister’s wedding. My first summer in Michigan in 3 years!

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  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com/ Sally

    Wow! Glad you had a great time in Turkey! I am jealous!

    I am really interested in Turkish too and have been trying to learn for a while – although I haven’t been very disciplined in my study I must say! :-)

    I find it fascinating, because, as you say it is not an Indo-European language and it is just SO DIFFERENT.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos! :-)

  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com Sally

    Wow! Glad you had a great time in Turkey! I am jealous!

    I am really interested in Turkish too and have been trying to learn for a while – although I haven’t been very disciplined in my study I must say! :-)

    I find it fascinating, because, as you say it is not an Indo-European language and it is just SO DIFFERENT.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos! :-)

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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