In the summer of 2010 I was fortunate enough to study abroad for a month in Istanbul, Turkey. As a small group of about ten students accompanied by two wonderful and brilliant professors, we spent every day from the early morning till late at night walking the streets and observing the city’s unbelievably rich reserves of art, architecture, and history.
Although the entire experience was incredible, perhaps the most memorable part of the trip was our weekend excursion to the seaside village of Dikili. It was here that we ate fruit straight off the trees and swam in the turquoise water of the Aegean Sea. We spent our nights sleeping on the beach, dancing with the locals at outdoor parties, drinking Raki, and eating way too many Magnum ice cream bars.
What did we learn, you ask? I learned that wild almonds are poisonous and the only edible ones come from genetically mutated trees. I learned that freshly caught and grilled whole sardines are actually quite delicious, even when eaten with bare hands. I learned what a 2,800-year-old necropolis looks like. But most importantly I learned that ten-hour, uncomfortably humid bus rides and hotels with no locks on the doors make for wonderful adventures when in the company of wonderful people.
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