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Category: Koç University

Carefree lyfe man

During exchange, reality is suspended for four months. Being away from the pressures of student life at Northwestern along with significant distance from the...
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The return

Coming back the U.S was not exactly the parade of glory a self-proclaimed traveler such as myself would have expected. Despite receiving the red...
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Çay, the beautiful tea

Note to reader: Details in the story may or may not be exaggerated. Read at your own discretion In Turkey, I drink çay tea...
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Travel Bug (The bad kind)

I’ve always loved world geography and culture. My mother used to bring me to the library hoping that I would be consumed by novels,...
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Language Barrier

Here at Koc University, I am enrolled in a Turkish language course for the semester. Turkish comes from the Altaic language family, so it’s...
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Istanbul Suprises

It’s been four weeks now, and Istanbul continues to surprise me every day. One thing that is vital to survival in Turkey is patience....
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Ready for Istanbul (?)

Merhaba! I can picture it already, alone in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, completely and utterly lost. I try to decipher the signs using my copy...
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A Home Here and a Home There

Hagar Gomaa, Koç University Exchange, Fall 2013 My last few days in Istanbul were a mix of last minute to do items, cramming for exams,...
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Delicious Turkish Food

Hagar Gomaa, Koç University Exchange, Fall 2013 I felt that this blog post was necessary since I have neglected to mention one of my most...
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Birthdays, Palaces, and Hilltops

Hagar Gomaa, Koç University Exchange, Fall 2013 It’s hard to believe that my time in Istanbul is almost coming to an end.  This past November,...
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