Lauren White

April 19, 2012

Büyükada Island

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These last few weeks have been a bit of whirlwind of midterms and papers and internship interviews. It feels great to have a few weeks to take a moment, explore the city a bit more and reconnect with friends. Thankfully, my program scheduled a trip just in time to relieve some stress. Sunday I went […]

April 2, 2012

Antalya

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Not to sound morbid when describing the most beautiful place I have ever been, but you absolutely must go to Antalya before you die. Just imagine the Sierra Nevada mountain range topped with snow leading into luscious forests dotted with wildflowers that extend down to rugged coastline with turquoise water and palm trees. Not to […]

March 20, 2012

Cappadocia

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This weekend was a beautiful surprise. After moping all last week for missing the deadline for the international students’ Cappadocia trip, I found out that a friend of mine could not make it and that I could take her spot — just forty minutes before the bus left. Despite a rather uncomfortable ten-hour drive there […]

Turkish Carpets

March 12, 2012

Waiting on Spring

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It is already the fourth week of classes here and I do not know where time has gone. I think a lot of that feeling has to do with the fact that I finally know where I am going, what I am doing and why. Despite this, there is so much that I don’t know […]

February 26, 2012

inşallah

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These past three and a half weeks have been good, bad and okay but mostly absolutely wonderful. The final days of my seminar involved unbelievable experiences ranging from attending a Hamam, or Turkish Bathe, in Bursa to watching a lamb being sacrificed to feed a low-income community mosque here in Istanbul. This same mosque is […]

Istanbul, Turkey

February 6, 2012

Walking Along the Bosphorous Near Sunset

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Before arriving in Istanbul I found myself feeling much the same as I did before coming to Lafayette College; bags packed for a destination thousands of miles away from home to go to a place I knew nearly nothing about. This time around, I would be adding a few extra thousand miles from home in […]