Saturday, August 16, 2008


So today I got picked up by my girlfriend to go to our friends house to figure out what we were going to do for our double date. At least that's what I thought it was for. That was until I entered the door and 10 voices shouted surprise. Wow, wasn't expecting that one.  
It feels great to know that people actually care enough to plan a party for me, because I often forget that my exchange will be hard on other people besides myself. So that I don't forget the best parts of this night, I've decided to make a list of the things that stick out the most in my mind.
*Oscar's (dog) obsession with will and making his girlfriend jealous
*The Man Hug
*Me taking Le'Asia Hostage
*Attempting to play backwards "Never have I ever"
*"I kill you!"
*Watching MadTV on youtube "Can I have yo Numba?"
*Trying desperately to find out when Phelps was swimming
*Oscar Showing us how to do a barrel roll
*Executing the Unicorn Pinata in one hit
*Big Booty
*Hannah's Retardation in Concentration
*Getting closelined on nothing
*"You should name your kid Istanbul!"

I can get use to this Surprise Party thing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Istanbul, eh

So the day finally came when I found out where I would be living for the next year. ISTANBUL. Yes Istanbul, once Byzantium, later Constantinople, and currently Istanbul. Once considered to be the center of the world. How lucky can I get?
I'll be a member of the Kara family for the next year. Eric Kara so to speak. I'll have a host brother named Ilbars and a host sister named Ekin. My host mother speaks fluent english, though I really don't want to use that as a crutch. I will learn Turkish, I will! I'm living in the Beykoz District which is on the Asia half of Istanbul, right on the coast. It is the most peaceful district in Istanbul and is still full of nature and such. So I have the woods at home and the city next door. In the past I've been terribly nervous, but today I am so excited to go. After work today I am definitly going to have to try learning more Turkish, seeing as all I can say so far is Merhaba (Hello), Bir, Iki, Uç (not sure about this one), Dört and Beş (1,2,3,4,5). So it's obvious I have to go study up. 
Gëlë Gëlë
-Eric Frid (Kara)