More packages from home

I’ve been back from Berlin for about two weeks now (pictures and posts on that still to come) and have officially been in Turkey three months! Three months an the packages areĀ stillĀ coming. I’m amazed at not only how much people are willing to spend to send stuff (some postage stamps read $70), but the time and thought they put into these packages. As egotistical as this may sound, it’s always nice to have a reminder that people think of you when you’re not around. I’m getting packages faster than I can send stuff back to the States (the post office is often closed by the time I get home from work), but I will just have to try harder.

It’s become an odd tradition now to catalog these packages. So here is what we have so far:

One friend sent us a package in which everything was wrapped like a birthday present.

One friend sent us a package in which everything was wrapped like a birthday present.

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Oreos, York Peppermint Patties, Tostada shells, taco seasoning, and Gatorade flavorings. People read my blog! Yay!

Oreos, York Peppermint Patties, Tostada shells, taco seasoning, and Gatorade flavorings. People read my blog! Yay!

In case you can't see it, the Pringles in the back are peppermint Christmasy flavored. We were getting adventurous. And to add to the Halloween Oreos, Football Oreos, and Double Stuff Oreos, we now have holiday Oreos!

In case you can’t see it, the Pringles in the back are peppermint Christmasy flavored. We were getting adventurous. And to add to the Halloween Oreos, Football Oreos, and Double Stuff Oreos, we now have holiday Oreos!

This is my favorite so far. My stepmom sent my stocking from home, packed with little Christmas presents, which I'm not allowed to open yet. (It also included the Christmas letter my dad sends every year.) I got this package at work and started to cry right before I was supposed to meet with parents.

This is my favorite so far. My stepmom sent my stocking from home, packed with little Christmas presents, which I’m not allowed to open yet. (It also included the Christmas letter my dad sends every year.) I got this package at work and started to cry right before I was supposed to meet with parents.

BRAVE!!!! So excited about this one! And not one, but TWO pacakges of Oreos.

BRAVE!!!! So excited about this one! And not one, but TWO pacakges of Oreos.

Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter, card, or package. Though the candy and presents are awesome, when you’re miles away from home, it truly is the thought that counts. (With that being said, we now have enough Oreos to last us the year.)

 

Packages from home

I don’t care what technological advances the world makes, there will be nothing like getting snail mail. It always makes you feel good to make you know someone is thinking of you and turning those thoughts tangible. Right before the Bayram I got a package from mom and although my friend called it “diabetes in a box,” I was pretty stoked about it:

And recently I received this package from a friend from college:

True, this one is also mostly food, but I love that people are responding to my longing for Oreos. If only they could send me an enchilada. And in addition to packages, I’ve received cards, postcards, and even handwritten letters. When I got home from work today, there was a notice on the door for yet another package to pick up. I cannot believe how supportive and thoughtful people have been. Living in Turkey is an incredible experience, which is never short of adventures and learning opportunities, but it’s always nice to know that people are still thinking of you back home.

I’ve only managed to send out a handful of postcards and one birthday present so far. The post office is often closed by the time I get home from work. Hopefully I’ll be able to send out more soon. To those who have sent something (or more than one thing in some cases), even if it’s just a handwritten letter, it means the world and always puts a smile on my face.

**As a quick side note, one of my best friends from the States told me today that she can visit in April. I’m super excited! Maybe by then I’ll be fluent in Turkish and can show off my amazing skills. Or you know, at least be able to order her lunch.