I hate people who do blogs that are basically a recap of things they did today. Today however, was special and fun. To get the best grasp of how much different things are, I looked back at my notes for my first full day in Turkey:
“wake up at 3am, thanks to jet lag I am unable to get back to sleep. Yippee. I read one of the four books i brought with me. Around eight am, I get up and go for a walk. A large circle letting me see more of campus. Its big and overgrown and the sidewalk is out to kill me. We have a turkish lesson with my professor who seems very cool. After that we attempt to find a place to eat. We get lost on the way back to the dorm. I go for a run on the track and it turns into a walk. I talk briefly with people and students that I see. I am super bored and dont know what to do. I get on facebook and listen to music. I think this place had the potential to be awesome right now, but I am either too dead or overwhelmed, and can’t take it all in. But I expected that too. Its good to know that despite all my weirdness if you take me out of my environment I get lost and confused, but I avoid getting angry or anything. I think thats good. The view from my window is so beautiful it really helps too.”
Now for today’s entry:
“went to bed at 3am after hanging with Halouf and Mehmet. I get up at 9am, take a deathly cold shower and start studying turkish while listening to “Jack Sparrow” by The Lonely Island and Eminem. I go to a computer lab and chat with Bertan for a while before chilling out and writing about my cultural experience. I grab Laura and Ari from the dorm before going to carsi to print something off for class and then we all walk across campus to a buffet for lunch. Heading into turkish class I am a bit afraid. The professor sets us at ease and we all start talking in very halted, semi-prepared sentences, and he offers to buy us snacks on our break. The turkish final itself goes well and I am glad to be done with that class. We will attempt to meet up with him for beers later. Head back to the dorm, take a shower and chat with Jeff, a Canadien on the trip, before heading down to meet Sanam and Laura and Michelle for dinner. We finally indulge in kunefe, a special desert and then go play guitar hero in the basement. Headibg back to our dorm it looks like its going to rain for the third time since we arrived.”
I think this says a good bit.