What a long, strange term it has been. My life has pretty much revolved around nothing but work for the past two months and I can really feel it. Now that we are reaching the end-of-term chaos, I am more exhausted than ever. No amount of sleep or coffee seems to wake me up anymore and I find myself daydreaming about spring break at least twice an hour.
For the most part, we have stayed on campus this term, mainly because of work obligations. After FIVE consecutive weeks of nothing but this tiny microcosm, I had to get out before I lost my mind, so we FINALLY went to Istanbul for the weekend for no other reason than to get the hell off campus.
Can you tell I’m a little burnt out?
Luckily, I dealt with it in the healthiest way I know how: retail therapy and binge eating! It was super effective.
We started off with breakfast at a new, hipster cereal restaurant in Moda called Crazy Flakes and it didn’t disappoint. They sell cereal brands from all over the world, including my beloved Peanut Butter Crunch! You can mix cereals with a variety of toppings, but I opted for a plain bowl with some sliced bananas on top. SO good! My husband went straight for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Afterward, we hopped on the ferry over to Galata, where we planned to spend the night. We walked and shopped around Istiklal before taking a little detour to Cezayir Sokağı, known informally as “The French Street” for its pastel pink facades and floral decor. It’s a fun-looking street, but there isn’t much that’s French about it. After about five minutes of being harassed by waiters to come sit down, we headed back to Istiklal.
Turning back to Galata, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in all of Istanbul, Picante, for some delicious Mexican food and real margaritas. After dinner, we were pretty much out for the count, so we called it a night and watched YouTube videos until we succumbed to our food comas.
The next morning, we walked down to our favorite breakfast joint, Arada Cafe. They serve a delightful mix of both Turkish and Lebanese foods and all of it is homemade and delicious. We got the Turkish/Lebanese breakfast platter, which was basically an epic feast with all of the classic Turkish breakfast staples, as well as hummus, tahini, falafel, zahter, and all kinds of other delicious things I didn’t even know the name of. Needless to say, I didn’t need lunch or dinner later that evening.
We tried our best to walk off the food babies while doing a little last minute shopping for SPAIN next week! The end of the term is nigh and I am so ready!
Any teachers out there: How do you deal with burnout? I find it especially hard as an expat in a very small, sheltered community.