My last major post was about my study abroad experience in Paris. I still look back fondly on that time even now, and I actually visited last June and October --- my fourth and fifth visits. Regarding the remainder of my Fulbright time, you might wonder if I'll be able to accurately remember everything. Fortunately,… Continue reading Picking up where I left off…
It’s been a while, but I’m back! The last year and a half (I can’t believe I didn’t write for so long!) has been such a blur, and unfortunately, I fell off the wagon somewhere. Some possible reasons: I’m lazy. I lost interest. I started dating someone and finally made new friends. I was overwhelmed… Continue reading I’m back!
Many of you know that this isn’t my first time living in another country. Two years ago around this time, I left Tampa for Paris, France. I spent that spring semester living with a host family, exploring France and other countries, making friends, and fueling my desire to work abroad. I started learning French in… Continue reading A Throwback to When I Studied Abroad
It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies by. A year ago, I was sitting at home, wondering what I would do since graduating. 2015 was a transition time for me -- not the best time, but necessary. So what am I up to right now? What am I looking forward to… Continue reading Looking Towards 2016
For the first time in my life, I spent Christmas away from my family. It wasn't a terrible feeling, but definitely something that I had to adjust to. My school gave me three days off, so I decided to travel with some other Fulbrighters to Cappadocia (it has been on my list to places to see in Turkey).… Continue reading Christmas in Cappadocia
Two weekends ago, I went to Sinop for a friend's birthday. It felt fantastic to finally get out of Ankara and see another part of Turkey! Sinop is in the north on the Black Sea. Most Turks that I meet from the Black Sea region are very proud of their cities, food and general culture.… Continue reading …Sinop!
Hey everyone! It's been too long I know. I'm vowing to post more regularly starting this month. A lot of people have asked me what Ankara is like. Most people assume that the capital of Turkey is Istanbul, but in fact, it's an increasingly-sprawling city surrounded by mountains in the center of the country. For… Continue reading Sights of Ankara
So things have been progressing at the university. The academic calendar is made up of four periods of eight weeks each. So we’ll soon be reaching the end of the first period. This means two things: (1) exams, which are never fun to grade; and (2) my time here in Turkey will be 25% finished.… Continue reading It’s Getting Cold Here!
Günaydın! (Good morning) I’m finally getting into the rhythm of things here in Ankara. I have three classes of about 20 students each. The university gave us Fulbrighters the A+ level students. Contrary to what you might think, these are the students with nearly the lowest speaking ability. So how does that work when I barely know… Continue reading What I’ve Been Up To