Don’t Hate Me…

Here is where I’m staying:

Not to exaggerate — but at this point, on the first official day of the program, I would call it cultural and intellectual paradise. Never have I been more comfortable with unfamiliar surroundings.

Of course, it’s quite easy to be comfortable when you have your own well-furnished room with a large bathtub, shower, two beds I don’t have to make in the morning (one for a guest), and a balcony. This is not to mention the indoor pool, the outdoor pool, the game room, the exercise room, the sauna, and the classroom only meters away. When I compare this to my freshman dorm at the University of Maryland — well, you get the idea.

I could see this as the beginning of another unfortunate sequel to the sadistic thriller The Hostel, which I only saw because I was seeing a somewhat sadistic woman at the time. On that note — and I promise I will expound on this more later (which you thrill-seekers will undoubtedly enjoy) — the women I have met here so far, Turkish and otherwise, have been exceptionally charming, supportive, and lovely.

Just in case you’re wondering: I didn’t come here for deluxe accommodations. I don’t even stay at hotels unless it’s prearranged by someone other than me. I’m a Coach Surfer, a homestayer, and a hosteler. What makes this work for me is that I’m in such close proximity to my fellow students, so it still has that dormitory feel — if dormitories had mini-bar service. Plus I don’t plan to spend a lot of time here except when I have to study or attend classes. I plan to experience everything Turkey and the surrounding region has to offer, time and resources permitting.

With all that having been said, here are some photos. Still say you won’t be able to visit?







  1. Tonia said,

    September 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm


  2. Patty Courtney said,

    September 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I’ll get there…That little camera took those pics?

  3. Janis said,

    October 4, 2012 at 12:03 am


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