The tension is high, but not just in the US. It seems that the entire world is invested in who will become the next president of the United States. Yes, it’s been a hot topic among us American expats here in Turkey, but it has also dominated the conversations of my of my native friends as well. I knew before I came here that elections back home were a big deal worldwide, but I did not realize just how big a deal. People are continuously chattering about it and everyone is anxiously awaiting the final results. Unfortunately for us, we will have to wait quite some time. Since we’re seven hours ahead of the East Coast here, we won’t find out who has won until early Wednesday morning. I myself will be waking up early and checking the news first thing.
In the meantime, I am home sick today (doctor’s orders), so I don’t really have much to distract me from the waiting. There is only so much coverage online since polls aren’t even open yet in the States and by the time things really get going, I’ll have to scoot off to bed for work in the morning. I did manage to make some delicious, homemade chicken noodle soup (tavuk çorba as the Turks might say).
And to my future expat comrads, if you happen to land outside the US during an election year, here is the website to register to vote and cast your absentee ballots: www.FVAP.gov
Yet again I have fallen behind on my updates and I apologize. I know that from my last post it probably seems that I am sitting around, homesick for Oreos and Mexican food. And while I do constantly crave enchiladas, I am enjoying Istanbul. In fact, since my last post, I’ve managed to discover more of the city. Since my last post, I’ve experienced my first Bayram (or holiday) and got to enjoy the Historical District. I’ve managed to hang out with more expats, which can be helpful because as a foreigner you can sometimes appreciate the local attractions more. (For example, I really only went to the Washington Monument when taking friends who came to visit.) But instead of writing long, descriptive paragraphs about the sights I’ve seen and things I’ve done in the past week, I thought I would finally post some pictures.
Eating ice cream and enjoying the view of the Boshporus.
This is seriously only a PORTION of a mall I went to. I was so dumbstruck at the ridiculousness of it that I had to stop and take a picture.
Why yes, this is an ashtray in the bathroom.
Getting ready for Bayram!
Enjoying my fun Halloween socks sent from a friend and post cards and pictures from back home.
My friends brought their adorable pugs along on some of our adventures.
They have some fantastic street art here in Istanbul.
The delicious Bayram meal my roommate’s mom made for us. I don’t normally like lamb, but it was fantastic. Short Turkish lesson: pilav=rice, et=meat, ekmek=break, and coke=cola
We went up to this cool old abandoned orphanage. According to the sign, it was both “dangerous and forbidden.”