Monday, April 27, 2009

Two Months Left

How the time has gone by. It seems like no time at all since I arrived in the İstanbul airport ready for my year abroad and already I'm preparing to leave. Though I still have 60 day left, I can feel my trip windering down. I now have to start thinking about what I want to get done before I leave because there isn't much time left. I need to figure out what I'll be leaving here and what to take home.

Whenever I talk to someone about my leaving (or returning depending on to whom I'm speaking) they always ask me if I'm excited to be returning home. And yes I am excited, I'm very ready to see my friends and family, to listen to American accents, and eat great American food such as Mexican food. But I also don't want to leave, I love Turkey. It's become my home over these past 8 months (can you believe its been that long?!) and there are so many things I'm going to miss. İstanbul is a great city.

Luckily though, since I'll be returnig soon then I get to stop righting this blog within the next two months! Yippee. I really dont have a clue what to write about anymore. Any ideas?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Almanya'da (In Germany)

A special thanks to Mr. William Carter the First for informing me that it has been 2 weeks and one day since my last post entitled; "Whoops". For those that were staring at your computer screen on the edge of your seat last night at 11:59 PM, waiting for a new post; I apologize.

Anyways, as many of my readers already know, I went to Germany last weekend to visit my great pal Lisa. For those that don't know, Lisa was an exchange student from Germany (duh) that lived with my family from '06-'07. Her and I were very close so it was really cool getting to see her in her hometown.

When I arrived on Friday, Lisa walked me around her village with her sister and boyfriend. Her village is really small, like 1200 people small. There are more people in my high school. After that we ate lunch, which is the main meal in that part of Germany, not dinner. Also we colored eggs for Easter.

I actually had no clue that it was Easter when I went to Germany. In Turkey no one knew because it's a Muslim country so naturally I kind of forgot about it. But now I remember and realize I don't have a spring break. D= Oh well, I'll get over it.

I realize now that the task of writing down everything we did is going to take forever and is quite daunting so I've decided halfway through to just give an over-view.

It was awesome to see Lisa again, I got to meet her family and her friends, who are all very nice. It was also a little weird though to see her in a completely different life. Different family, friends, plans. I don't really know how to describe it beyond weird. So I'll leave it at that.

I've definately gotten lazy with these, but oh well I've got other things to do so I'll stop here. Anyone who wants to know more specifics on my trip can talk to me anytime. Be sure to check back in another 2 weeks in one day for the next possible update.

İyi Akşamlar

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Whoops...

Well I'm supposed to write every two weeks but it seems that I lost track of a week somewhere. So to AFS that gave me my scholarship SORRY! çok uzgunum. gerçektin.

Anyways the past few weeks have been really great. Every weekend I have gone out with friends, I'm hardly ever bored anymore. When I'm not doing anything I'm appreciating the break now. Time is really speeding up. The return date is sneaking up on me very quickly. I almost wish I had a few more months. I don't think I'll be ready to leave by July.

This week a group of foreign visitors came to our school and on Monday I got to meet all of them. A lot of us quickly became friends. I have now met people from Estonia and Lithuania, two country's I know nothing about but now plan on Wikipedia-ing to not feel like an ignorant american. From meeting these people I figured out just how turkish I had become. I found myself talking about Turkey and teaching them our culture. What they should eat, where they should go. I even started teaching them a little turkish. It made me wonder how turkish I'll be acting when I return to the USA.

Today at school I finished one of my storys for the first time ever. I've always started storys but never finished but today I finished. This may not seem like a big deal but to me it felt like a huge acomplishment. Also when I got home I learned about the exchange student my family will (probably) be hosting next year. She is turkish so I'll be able to continue speaking my broken turkish in the US which should be fun. Beyond that not much happened today. I watched to The Truman Show, which was AMAZİNG by the way, and after that wrote this. So yay for first real blog post in a while! Woo Hoo!

-eric