Author Archives: Stevie Lane

Everything You’re Never Going to Need to Know About Ebru

“Take notes, guys. I’m going to quiz you later,” Alican, our program director, instructed us as we stood around the studio table in Beyoglu. Then he upped the stakes: “Whomever gets the answers right can come back for another class.” … Continue reading

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Islands, Orphanages, and Chestnut Ice Cream (The Game-Changer)

This past weekend, the program went on an excursion to the Prince’s Islands. These islands are located off of the coast of the city of Istanbul, about a one-hour ferry ride away. There are no cars allowed on the islands, … Continue reading

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The Ayasofya

Seventh grade History of Ancient and Modern Global Empires class was where I first learned about the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia). While discussing the Ottoman conquest of the city of Constantinope, our teacher showed us pictures of this indescribable architectural masterpiece. … Continue reading

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I’m Dumping My Clothes Here and Only Bringing Back Food

So I know a lot of people have already been blogging about food, but I’m a total foodie and I’m going to do it anyway. As others have said, the food here is incredible. I’m tasting flavors I’ve never before … Continue reading

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How to Get Lost in Istanbul

The second day after my arrival in Istanbul, my laptop charger broke. I think I probably spent the next thirty minutes furiously experimenting with my charger, attempting to get it to work somehow, hoping the real defect was not in … Continue reading

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