Bergama & Thanksgiving

Bergama, Izmir

In the past weeks the schedule has been changed slightly and life has become more routine. This is good for me and worse for blogging. Highlights are fewer and far between as the long term results of language and cultural learning slowly develop. I’m also working on college applications and keeping in touch with those at home. We just took our test and I passed, we are now studying european level A2 in Turkish until the end of January. There’s two videos I am editing right now, one of the Bergama ruins, and one of miscellaneous things, click portfolio for those (karaoke, feasts in the classroom, and behind the scenes at the Republic Ball var). I’ll get these out this month. Next month I want to write an important story from every single day of the month and then post them all. Maybe I’ll do it every month. Check out the links for other blogs for the amazing stories of the other students along with me!


Thanksgiving at Regan’s house, with kofte and a 22lb turkey.IMG_0767

The view from the guest house were we barbecued a week ago. Sunday’s with the host father are always special. DSCN2305

Bergama’s streets reflect a time that was taken from Izmir by the burning of the city in the final battle of the war for independance.


Watching my video from the last blog in class!IMG_0674 IMG_0673

Normally when someone passes in the USA it is a private and secretive affair. Traditionally less celebratory than somber. In Turkey the loss of a loved one is accompanied by a Lokma truck that gives free donuts and prayers for the lost person to each student. Thinking about how death is video uniquely negatively in the United States is important. Remembering the positive aspects of a person is more important than focusing on the suffering.


Turkey is developing wind farms in Ege Bolgesi in a big way, here trucks carry windmill blades. DSCN2304 DSCN2280 DSCN2271 DSCN2247 DSCN2248

Bergama’s vast sites from Roman, self rule, and Byzantine times dazzle. The majority of some sites were moved piece by piece to Berlin but what remains is worth seeing. Keep an eye out for my video, it’s better at expressing the vastness of the place.

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For the second month we all met for brunch, down from a camp after the first month and this month there was only a meeting with counselors. It reflects that we have found community and support on our own now.

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“Good luck with finals guys”