This has been an exciting week in Turkey. Republic Day, a celebration marking the anniversary of Turkey becoming a republic, happened on October 29th. Also, ironically, the elections that basically determined whether or not Turkey would become a dictatorship happened on November 1st (luckily, it did not). In any case, we had a nice long weekend due to all of the craziness.
At first, I was frantically searching for plane tickets for somewhere to go (since the holiday was announced at the last minute). I was very torn as to what we should do since the prices weren’t that great for many places and with exams and term grades coming up, I’ve had a lot of work to do. That’s when it dawned on me that just because we had time off didn’t mean we had to go anywhere. Doing nothing was also an option, so that’s exactly what we did.
We slept in, cooked at home, played several rounds of Scrabble Apple and watched Harry Potter in our pajamas. We also did a little feng shui in our lojman and it’s starting to feel more like home now, minus the whole no internet thing.
To be honest, the last couple of weeks here have been rough. I’d been feeling fed up with all of the last-minute, disorganized chaos all around me (a.k.a. culture shock), not being able to use the internet, and just generally having some crappy experiences. Also, I missed Halloween, which is normally my favorite holiday. Staying home, being away from people, and just relaxing was exactly what I needed to recharge and get through the last two weeks of this term, after which we will be heading to AMSTERDAM for a week!
Now if only I had some real coffee.