Welcome! Thanks for reading, it's been a long time coming but I've finally found time to get this little blog off the ground. Even if that means just writing an introductory post. Anyways, as some of you know I moved to Istanbul, Turkey in the beginning of June and plan on staying for the foreseeable future. I'm writing this because it's cathartic in a way, but also to fill my time (especially now that the rainy season is starting) and to inform those back home who are interested in what I'm up to or curious about Turkey as a place a little insight into what's going on over here.
Most stuff in the news in the US, , when not being largely ignored, revolves around the tragic and controversial happenings like: the Soma disaster, Gezi Park protests, twitter ban, government corruption, etc. While I don't want to pretend like these issues don't exist it's unfair to think about these situations as the only things happening. There is the bad, but there is so much more in this unique place.
It's Kurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice) so I have some lamb that I need to watch get got and then devour. So, as I try to make this blog not just a preachy message about understanding a foreign culture I'll answer some questions that I get frequently asked. Before I left and even now I constantly hear, "why Turkey? Why would you ever want to leave the US? Is it safe?". I feel that I could go on for awhile about any of those, the short answers being: why not, see the world, and yes. Instead of expanding on those right now though I'll just leave this video below to show people what I see living here.