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Erik Northrop :: Blog :: Week 6 & 7 - Turkey

July 13, 2013

I just spent two weeks in Turkey at a wedding with close friends. I have never experienced hospitality like that offered by the Turkish people in my life. It came from our host, the drivers, business owners, and even the people at the airport, among others. I am very fortunate to have experienced the warmth and welcoming nature of the culture there. 

Aside from the wedding, I visited Istanbul, Mersin, Konya, and Cappadocia. Each city has very unique features and sights forged by revolutions, weather, and time. The historic Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the sea side views from the Mediterranean Sea of Mersin, the Whirling Dervish of Konya, and the Caves in Cappadocia were all breath taking. We took just about 3000 pictures in these cities and still hardly captured the beauty. 

Some of the most impressive sights were in Istanbul at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Blue Mosque is active daily but still serves as a major tourist attraction. The Hagia Sophia, now a museum, contains original mosaics from the 10th century and displays influences of both the Islamic and Christian religions, a truly impressive sight. 

During my trip, we swam in the Mediterranean, ate alongside local people, explored underground cities, and slept in cases. Anyone reading this who has not had the pleasure of visiting Turkey should definitely amend their bucket list. 

Keywords: cappadocia, Getting Started, International Collaborators, International Experience, istanbul, konya, mersin, Project-Plan, turkey, Weekly-Report

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