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The Bucket List

I only have three weeks left in Istanbul, and in the month since I returned from my epic spring break trip full of Georgian churches and Turkish cheese fondue, I pledged not to let a single moment go by. At … Continue reading

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Spring Break 2012

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When I think of Spring Break, a few images come to mind: Girls in bikinis, foam parties by the beach, helping children in developing countries on overpriced school trips, and alcohol, alcohol, and more alcohol. During my Spring Break in … Continue reading

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Here’s to the little things in life.

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This blog post has been, by far, the hardest to write yet. I want to solely attribute this to my now-routine lack of sleep or my slowly deteriorating English vocabulary and grammar that can only come with hanging out with … Continue reading

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A Real College Student…Kind Of

There’s an aspect of studying abroad that students often overlook while overseas: Studying. Looking over my friends’ pictures in swanky clubs or in front of monumental statues of ex-communist dictators and monkeys, we often ignore the idea that there is … Continue reading

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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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Just Another Friday Night in Istanbul

Every student studying abroad, whether in Australia, France, Peru or Turkey, receives some sort of Welcome Packet that includes program logistics and cultural analyses highlighting the ways Americans are, basically, different from the rest of the world. Duke in Istanbul … Continue reading

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Dokuz Doksan Luftballons

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Impressive. Extraordinary. Kebabs. I am going to attempt to depict my Duke in Istanbul week-long excursion as briefly as possible, but know that 1000 words cannot speak for the pictures I included in my Photo Gallery Section, which in themselves … Continue reading

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