Monthly Archives: June 2008

>Wednesday I volunteered at a refugee center in Taksim. Atatürk is famous for coining the phrase “happy is he who can say he is a Türk.” The converse is that it really sucks if you are not Turkish- especially for … Continue reading

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>Mosaics

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>Tonight’s activies consisted of drinking çay with my new friend Elvin while playing tavla and talking about politics and life. I learned a good deal about Georgia, Elvin’s native country, and at one point a bunch of dolphins began swimming … Continue reading

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>Euro 08

> After coming from behind in the second overtime period, the Turkey national beat Croatia in penalty kicks to advance to the semi-finals of Euro 08- the farthest Turkey has ever made it in this tournament. Based on a survey … Continue reading

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>Numbers

>Back to back nights of crashing at friends’ apartments means 3 days of wearing the exact same clothes… pretty gross, but worth it. While Istanbul is a very expensive city, cherries, peaches, and pistachios are grown locally so they are … Continue reading

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>Assos

>Tonight I am spending the night in Assos, a surrealistically picturesque town situated along the rocky cliffs of the Aegean sea. Those of you familiar with early church history might recognize the city as where Paul departed for Lesbos from … Continue reading

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>A few weeks ago I blogged about Harold Best’s lecture at the 930 for Cultivate Beauty month. that lecture is up here and is available for download. Definitely worth a listen. I am about to embark on a tour of … Continue reading

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>Summer Reading List

>Despite being in a city that is thousands of years old with countless things to do and explore, I have managed to spend a lot of time reading (whether it be on the train, at coffee shops, or before bed). … Continue reading

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Visuals

The Hagia Sophia. Orthodox church turned Mosque turned Museum. The Blue Mosque. Two of its six minarets not pictured. Ataturk. This dude is everywhere. Think George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill all rolled up into one quasi-mythological figure. Roasting … Continue reading

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