Turkey! It is probably now one of my favorite places on the planet earth! It is so beautiful and really fun. We stayed in Istanbul the first night and got to go exploring.
|Istanbul at night with my friends Tess and Lindsay|
|This is my Turkey-roomie Anne Staples, aka the cutest roomie ever. We ate lots of treats that night.|
|This is me in front of the Blue Mosque.|
|This is a panoramic of the Blue Mosque.|
|This is the inside of the Blue Mosque. I love the cool lights hanging from the ceiling.|
|Anne and I prayed whilst inside the Blue Mosque.|
|Chloe, Camilla and I. The headscarves are always fun to wear.|
|The Hagia Sophia! We didn't get to go inside the first day, but we did on the last day when we came back to Istanbul.|
These are some tiles that I saw whilst we were visiting Topkapi Palace.
|This is a head of Medusa at the Basilica Cistern. She is upside down.|
|We got to go on a ferry ride! We did a little out-and-back loop out on the Bosporus Straight. It was beautiful! We got to see both the European and Asian side of Turkey.|
|These are my friends Chloe, Jeff, and Tye!|
|The view from the ferry as we went under the bridge!|
|The first night in Istanbul, some of my friends and I (and our teacher Professor Stratford) ventured off to a SWEET jazz club. The music featured was traditional Turkish Jazz.|
I think I found some new favorite songs.
|Me and my friends on a dock for lunch in Turkey! IN TURKEY|
|We stayed the night in Troy. Except this one time we went to Troy, and the Trojan Horse was being rennovated, so it was stuck under a pile of boards and a black tarp. SO LAME, but still really cool!|
|The beach where we spent the night after visiting Troy!|
|Assos, where Paul taught some people! Cool ruins, sweet view, and it was not even cold at all.|
|Ancient columns in Assos.|
|Susana, Camilla, Me, Kari, and Lindsay at Assos! Love the view in the back.|
|This is Ephasus, also where Paul taught.|
|Some of my friends and I (yes, I'm wearing a meerkat shirt) at the Library in Ephasus.|
Camilla and I were sleepy, so we took naps in a sarcophagus.
|The theater where Paul taught some people. Also some kids in the program sang here, and it sounded really awesome.|
|This is Ephasus! The theater is behind me.|
|This is the theater in Pergamon. It was super windy, but this was a sweet view of the steep theater that is there.|
|This is Patty. She's a huge snail.|
|Lindsay and I at Sardis. It was pouring down rain, we were wet and cold, but we still managed to climb a hill to get the ruins in the background.|
|This is at Nicea, where the Nicean Creed was established. We had a nice devotional there, but it was windy and rainy, and cold, so we only snapped one pic before getting the heck outta there.|
|Inside the Hagia Sophia! They were doing some renovations, but this is the gist of what was going on.|
|The Hagia Sophia was first a church, then a mosque, and now a museum. When it turned into a mosque, the mosaics were plastered over, which is why there are some mosaics and cement on the walls.|
All in all, Turkey was a blast. The Olympics could be held there in 2020, so maybe I'll get to go back!