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My Friend…

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Here in Istanbul, the locals have a nice little habit of calling everyone “my friend,” sometimes to the point where it may seem completely inauthentic.

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Bayram’dan Sonra… (After [Kurban] Bayramı)

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Quite a few weeks ago now, most of the country celebrated Kurban Bayramı, which is the same as the holiday Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). The holiday coincides with the end of the Hajj (which is also the end of the Muslim lunar calendrical year), and lasts five days.

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Welcome to Istanbul!

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I recently heard that students have now been accepted to study at Koç this coming spring. Congratulations to you and I hope to meet you guys when you’re here (although I will be at a different Uni in Istanbul in the spring). I thought that I would take the time to write a little post about classes at Koç and CIEE.

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All Roads Lead to the Bosporus

I’ve been in Istanbul for a month now, and I still feel like I’ve barely scraped the surface of this city’s life and culture.

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Reasons to Learn Turkish: No.1- You’ll Find Paradise Much More Easily

Yup. I took this with my phone.

I hope this photo can show how unimaginably beautiful this little piece of paradise is—if a smartphone can take a photo that looks this beautiful, lord knows what it looks like in reality.

I can tell you, this is only a picture; it can’t show you the smells, the sounds, the cold, refreshing water, or the friendly locals that you will find here. And I have my Turkish skills to thank for all of this. Of course it may have been discovered without any knowledge of Turkish, but it would have been highly unlikely.

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Koç Campus: An Introduction

Before arriving at Koç, I thought I had a good idea of what campus would be like, but same as the rest of Istanbul, pictures couldn’t prepare me for the absolute beauty of this campus.

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The “Harvard of Turkey”

As I arrived in Istanbul I was more overwhelmed by its size than I previously thought I would be. Official statistics put Istanbul’s population at 13 and a half million, but unofficially the numbers go upwards of 17 million inhabitants! Think of that in comparison to NYC’s 8,244,910 and maybe you will start to empathize with my awe upon arrival.

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