Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Magical Half-Way Mark of Joy and Wonder

So today marks-as the title suggest-my halfway mark through my exchange and I must say, it has come much sooner than I expected it. I've nearly been here 5 months but it hardly feels like time has gone by at all. It doesn't seem to long ago that I was arriving in the hotel for my arrival orientation.

I don't exactly know what to make of the length I've been here. I'm not sure if I'm doing a good job of being an Exchange Student. I feel like I should have more friend and be better at the language but I don't and I'm not. Don't get me wrong I certainly have friends but we hardly hang out outside of school. It's nothing compared to how social I was in the US.

Something else that struck me recently--I'm scared to go back. Recently when I think of my departure I don't look forward to it with excitement, but I don't dread it either. I'm more anxious. I'm worried of how much thing have changed and I'm not too close to my life in the US anymore. I'm so adapted here at this point that I...I don't know how to explain. And it's late so I should probably be getting ready for bed. Either way I probably won't be posting again this month unless something comes up. I just don't know what to write about anymore-all of these post seem to be getting redundant. Any suggestions of what to include in a post is very welcome. İyi Geceler
Eric Frid

Friday, January 16, 2009

Salvador Dali...again

So I wasn't planning on writing today but today was a more interesting day. My class went on a field trip to the Salvador Dali art exhibition. I had already gone with AFS so it wasn't very interesting. But I did have a lot of fun with my turkish friends. It was weird though because we kept getting in trouble for talking by the people that like observed us in there...i don't know what they would be called. Well eventually after like the 5th time they got mad at us, we figured out that they thought we were making fun of them and the art because we were speaking in English and laughing. It was weird having someone misinterpret me like that. Well that's really all I was going to write today so those expecting another epic installment will be disappointed. Until next time.

eric

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I am Bican!

So I thought I might start this off with informing my loyal followers that I got a part in a turkish play at my school. I play the part of Bican (pronounced Bee-John) a retarded boy whose mother is trying to get him into an art school. I have no speaking roll but I have to be very physical. My scene is where my mother is trying to convince the administration I'm fit to be in the school. My goal is to be terrible. "Look how he stands! So proud and dignified!" I do the opposite and look as retarded as possible. I'll also be handed a few instruments to play and I have to play them as horrible as possible. It should be pretty fun and right up my alley. I'm looking forward to it.

Anyways not much besides that has really happened since my last post. I find it difficult to keep blogging simply because I don't feel as if anything note worthy as really happened. So instead I've decided to write my top 5 Turkish pet peeves. Enjoy!

5. Obsession with fresh air
Turkish kids are obsessed with it. Everyday in school the windows in my room are wide open. No matter what the temperture outside. It has literal been snowing outside and the windows are wide open. The most shocking of this is that most of my classmates don't even appear to be cold. I don't understand this at all.

4. Movies, the perfect time to talk
Apparrantly in Turkey it is perfectly acceptable to talk during a movie. My teachers show us movies often and typically they are in english with turkish subtitles....and my classmate socialize the entire time. I think they forget that I actually have to hear the movie to understand seeing as I don't understand the Turkish subtitles. This happens in movie theatres too, thus to counter this effect cinemas turn the volumn way way up. You can feel the volumn. It is ridiculous.

3. Turn on the TV, it's time to sleep!
Every weekend my dad turns on the TV around 11 to a sports channel and lies down on the couch. He watches for about 15 minutes the falls asleep. He is now occupiying the only piece of furniture used for sitting in front of the TV. Now if I want to watch anything except what he left on I either have to sit on the floor, or wake him up so I can actually sit comfortably. This normally wouldn't be a big deal but it is a very regular occurence.

2. Lock the door! If we don't no doubt someone will take every single one of our possesions.
Not only is every house in Turkey constantly locked, there isn't even an option to unlock them. Once the door is closed you either need a key or need someone to open the door for you. For me who is quite often the first home from school and the only one home for about 3 hours it feels quite restrictive that I can't even step out side for a few minutes without being locked out. This is very very annoying.

1. The opinions of foreiners are completly wrong. If they like something it is automatically bad.
I love sharing my interest and introducing people to what I like. But that is impossible when your host family absolutly refuses to give any of your interest a shot. I watched "The Office" my first few weeks here and my host dad saw a little bit in passing and deemed it boring and bad. The entire family now pretty much refuses to try to enjoy one of my favourite TV shows. Just a few days ago my host brother and host dad were flipping through channels on the TV. Seeing this I suggested that we can watch LOST which I recently recieved as a Christmas gift. My father responded, "No thanks, you can watch that when I am not here". They then proceeded to watch darts for 3 hours. Not only is this non-sensical and annoying, its down right upsetting. Thus winning it the number 1 spot on my Top Five Turkish Pet Peeves list.



I hope you enjoyed today's installment of "Turkish Delight", tune in next week to learn more of my crazy antics in the magical land of Turkey.

Monday, January 5, 2009

2009 already

Ever since I woke up on January 1st I feel that my departure date of June 24th is much closer than it was on December 31st. Much much closer. I'm not quite halfway through but the past 4 months have gone by so fast, I think that I will probably be back in the states before I know it.

Anyways this will be a short post, i just wanted to keep on top of my blogging so I don't experience another 2 week break like before. Today I felt sick and stayed home. Unfortunately I wasn't deathly ill so i got quite bored and had to entertain myself. I eventually got so bored I played chess with myself. I won.

It was a pretty intense match though.