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Day one in Turkey: starting all over again

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Note: This post was written on May 26.

We landed at Ataturk International Airport and got off the airplane, after what felt like an endless taxi roll up to the gate.

Some Turkish Airlines jets on the tarmac. We were still taxiing to the gate...

Welcome to Istanbul!

My first day in Istanbul was spent getting through the logistics of starting over.  Part two of the Dialogue of Civilizations program was now officially underway:

-Standing in line at the airport for customs: mind-numbing

-Paying for another visa: $20

-Collecting baggage from the conveyor belt

-Denis’ breakdown of the day (I just wanted to get out of the airport…)

-Waiting for the bus to come collect all of the Huskies from the airport

-Getting dropped off at the hotel

-Denis’ further debriefing about tomorrow’s happening

-Checking into our new rooms

-Unpacking, but not really, since I lived out of my luggage when this trip began in Jordan and plan to continue that trend here in Turkey


This mortocycle was parked in a doorway. I wish parking availability worked like this in the states.

After I “unpacked” and got settled in, Morgan and I went up the hill and down the street to a small restaurant.  We split a margarita pizza for 8TL (Turkish lira) and then ordered a Mediterranean salad.  The pizza was delicious, covered with tomatoes and green peppers, and a lot of oil.  The salad, on the other hand, was not what either of us expected.  The Mediterranean salad consisted of sliced carrots, diced cabbage, two wedges of lettuce, and a few slices of tomato and cucumber with lemon juice and olive oil.  It wasn’t ideal, but was rather tasty.  I spotted Kimberly as she walked by, and she came in and joined us for the tail end of our meal.

We headed back down the hill to the hotel soon after.  I proceeded to take a nap that turned into my night’s sleep.  All things considered, it was a nice, laid back first day in Turkey.  I’m excited about tomorrow’s tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (Ayasofia) and the Grand Bazaar.  I’m not excited about going on that tour with all 32 members of the program, because my professors get way too stressed about headcounts and ensuring that everyone is accounted for.  Hopefully, there will be less of the “mandatory” events scheduled here.  32 is just too big of a group to travel in….

Goodnight from Turkey! More tomorrow…


Written by AESavvides

June 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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