A full first day.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I am currently sitting in my apartment flat, after a long day of exploring Istanbul, and I am tired. I apologize in advance for a short post, but here we go.

I have arrived in Turkey! I am still in disbelief, but I am here, everyone on our team is here, and we have made it through our first day in country. After over 24 hours of travel from LA, our entire team boarded a very bumpy flight from Frankfurt, Germany into Istanbul. We managed to squeeze everyone and their luggage onto a small bus, and drove to our apartments where we will be staying for the next two weeks. Beautiful, stunning views of the Aya Sophia and the Topkapi palace from our windows, and comfortable beds to sleep off the jet lag.

We spent the day doing a scavenger hunt around the city, finding different landmarks, riding the metro, and using Turkish "Lira" (main form of currency) to purchase small items like house slippers, tea, local street food, and other stuff. Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we ride the metro to a language school where we will be learning how to speak Turkish - which is all we are doing for the two weeks.

This is a beautiful city.

I can't describe what it is like to walk the streets, hear the language, eat the local food and drink local tea, hear the call to prayer and see beautiful, stunning, mosques around every corner. I can't wait to be familiar with the city and explore some more. Granted, knowing the language might help, so I need to make the most out of the next two weeks. This being said, I need to sleep, so I post more in the upcoming days.

If you want to see a few snapshots of today, head on over to leahsadoian.tumblr.com.

"Wait...when does it move?"

Respectfully submitted,