I have determined that riding a dolmuş while standing up is pretty much like riding the Knight Bus in Harry Potter. It is slightly scary and a really good core and arm workout.

Pictures from today:


Jimmie and Alix at the café having Türkçe Kahve (Turkish coffee). There are 4 exchange students from my program in my “group” with one mentor.


Michele and Can (pronounced John). Can is our mentor and studies Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Koç.


Michele and I. She has çay (Tea-pronounced chai, though it is just black tea) and I have kahve.


The school supply store in Sarıyer.


They sold many of the classics, but written in Turkish of course.



Hanging out at the student center after shopping in Sarıyer.


A café in the student center.  Yes it is called Pi gastro Smile


Arrival and Turkish Time

I made it through all of my transfers ok and arrived to the airport yesterday (9/10) evening. Riding any mode of transportation is interesting in Istanbul. The bus to KU was quite large compared to the cars and other minibuses (Dolmuş—pronounced dolmush) but drove just like a 5-person car. Cars also don’t really drive in lanes—they move at will and don’t signal very often. They also use the wide shoulders as lanes to pass people. It’s definitely different than the U.S.. Here are some pictures from my first days at KU : )


The inflight GPS that my dad would have LOVED!


My dorm room (not showing my very large wardrobe closet and fridge).


Breakfast (olives, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh fruit, soft bread, sliced meat and strong cheese are all served at breakfast). I did find some stuff like Nutella that was fantastic with the bread.


Boats on the Bosphorus while riding the ferry to Asian Istanbul.


The castle we hiked to in Asian Istanbul. Turkish flags are EVERYWHERE!


The Bosphorus Straight leading into the Black Sea.


The Bosphorus and view of European Istanbul.


Public bathrooms that you pay 1 Turkish Lira (75 cents) to use.


Part of the CIEE exchange group getting beer in Asian Istanbul. The waiter was very friendly and even bartered with us on pricing.


Tomorrow we are going back to Sariyer to get cell phones and anything else we need from the city before classes begin next Monday (9/19).

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