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I'm a recent college grad looking for outside the cubicle ideas.

The Hagia Sophia

All I can say about it is oh. my. gawsh.  Just look at these: This is definitely one of my favorite places in Istanbul so far.  It has just the right mix of glamour and artful disheveled-ness.  It’s showing it’s age, but … Continue reading

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4th of July

Yeah, I know the timing’s a bit off, but I figured a quick blurb about my 4th of July here in Istanbul was in order.  Celebrating the 4th always has a different feeling when you’re not in the U.S., you … Continue reading

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Sun and a little bit of sand in Bodrum

Not much to say today, but here are my impressions of Bodrum from my host family’s week-long vacation there. Bodrum wasn’t what I was expecting.  I was thinking there would be long sandy beaches and a party every night (everywhere … Continue reading

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Papa Wu Stops By

Lucky for me, my dad was able to squeeze Istanbul into the middle of his business trip to Europe so I got to show him around the historical peninsula/old city and a bit of the Galata Tower/Taksim area. We did … Continue reading

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So I lied, and I’m bad at updating

Here’s my belated post about Büyükada, the largest of the Princes’ Islands.  I’ve been twice now and I’d be willing to go back again.  It’s nice to get away from the city and even though the island is heavily touristed … Continue reading

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Peace Corps and some funny quotes

Hello everyone, Sorry for the lack of updates recently – I’ve been having problems with my camera and haven’t been able to take any pictures for a while.  So another picture-less post this will be. This post is mostly an … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday

I really wanted to title this post “When in Rome…” but I resisted. There was a holiday in Turkey last Thursday (Youth Day) so my host family left for Rome – and took me with them!  The weather was just … Continue reading

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