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Istanbul: A Place of Its Own

I’m curious to learn how Turkey remains Turkey in today’s increasingly globalized world. What has been taken, what has been preserved, what will stay and what will come? Many texts refer to Turkey, and particularly Istanbul, as the site where … Continue reading

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Turkey: The country that has it all

I don’t know if it was just me that was oblivious towards Turkey’s geography, but in the past week I feel as though I have been to entirely different continents. Who knew that the land mass of Turkey, which is … Continue reading

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Our week with Mustafa

We spent last week traveling in Anatolia. I enjoyed the area and I loved the hotels. Our first stop was in Urgup. We stayed in a hotel that had been carved out of a cave. The bathtub was surrounded by … Continue reading

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Ceramics in Cappadocia

On the first day of the first Duke in Istanbul excursion in Cappadocia, Anatolia, we went straight to business on a brief straight-to-businesslike tour of an underground ceramics museum/workshop/showroom/store. Occupying the main section of the subterranean structure is the museum. Pottery … Continue reading

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Scavenger Hunt

   My favorite thing we have done recently on the Duke in Istanbul program is the Istanbul scavenger hunt. I liked it so much, in fact, that I would even claim that it has been my favorite activity we have … Continue reading

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“Wait, where are we going?”: Excursion #1

Bleary eyed, I hit my snooze button on my “dumb” phone one last time, realizing that I only have eleven more minutes until I’ll be left behind at the dorm. With my room still not set-up nor organized, I caught … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Chaos

They say Americans worry too much. That’s probably true. Actually, its definitely true. Especially compared to the beautifully laisse-faire state of Turkish life. If you want to see that I’ll give you two examples: Bogazici’s registration system and traffic conditions … Continue reading

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Eastern Turkey Adventures

  The first excursion of the semester to eastern Turkey began at 3 am on my birthday.  Granted, waking up at 3 am is not ideal and waking up at 3 am on my birthday would normally forebode a pretty … Continue reading

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Eastern Anatolia Suggestions

Our week long excursion began in Trabzon by the Black Sea, and ended on Lake Van in the Southeast. Throughout the week, I was struck by how geographically diverse Turkey is— we visited the coast, the mountains, the desert, and … Continue reading

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The one picture to rule them all

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