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Tawakkul Karman – Face of the Arab Spring

Today Bogazici University presented me with a unique opportunity to hear Tawakkul Karman speak on the Arab Spring. Ms. Karman was a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her prominent role in the Yemeni uprising and the Arab … Continue reading

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And You Thought Our Congress Was Bad?

First, I want to clarify that my title does not I imply I think the U.S. Congress is “better” than the Turkish Parliament. They represent different styles of government as I will explain and have their own pros and cons. … Continue reading

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The First Weekly Thursday Adventure

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This past Thursday a couple of us decided to explore the Old City and check out some of the sights we missed during our guided tour. We started at Yeni Camii or the New Mosque. Jake’s guidebook cleverly noted that … Continue reading

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Why Blogging is So Hard

So yesterday was the one month mark for my stay in Istanbul. I was planning on writing a long blog post updating you on my adjustments, but that didn’t happen. I dragged my Turkish roommates into taking Jake and me … Continue reading

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Beskitas Football Game

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I just got back to my room after attending my first “real” soccer game. A couple of the guys met up with our Turkish friend Serkan and his girlfriend Sarah and headed down to watch Besiktas play Genclerbirgli. It was … Continue reading

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Harran and Sanliurfa

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After that spectacular breakfast, we hopped on the bus for a trip to the ancient city of Harran which is south of Sanliurfa and about 50 km from the Syrian border. There we saw what remained of the city’s Grand Mosque. … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Turkey

On Thursday, we were given no chance to sleep in and were woken up around 6:30. I was feeling pretty dreary until I saw the breakfast spread. I have never been a huge fan of hotel buffets, but this one … Continue reading

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