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Trepidatious Thoughts on Turkey

by AIFS Study Abroad

Seven days until departure!  In anticipation, I have decided to compile a few lists in order to make my pre-travel plans seem more organized.

Things I’m Excited For

  • Food.  I’ve only heard good things about Turkish cuisine and Turkish Delight! (A.k.a. “lokum”)
  • Meeting people from all over the world
  • Seeing the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
  • Adventuring through Cappadocia
  • A psychology class and a film studies class
  • Immersing myself in a culture that is completely foreign to me
  • Spending the first day touring Athens, Greece

Things I’m Nervous About

  • How long is the flight again?
  • Struggling to communicate via pocket dictionary

 Things I Need To Do While in Turkey

  • Visit the Grand Bazaar and bargain for something
  • Pamukkale Thermal Pools
  • Swim in Bogaziçi’s outdoor pool overlooking the Bosphorus
  • Visit Troy and Ankara, the capital of Turkey

I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous and excited at the same time before, but I think pre-travel stress is good.  Also, I’ve already learned that if you search images or articles about Turkey you always have to add “country” at the end or you’ll get a bunch of pictures of Thanksgiving Dinner!

“Elveda” for now! (I hope that means goodbye)

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