The Throwback Thursday series is a collection of posts from my collegiate adventures in Turkey (2011), Italy (2012), and Peru (2013). The entries include the original posting from the trip with a few minor edits – italicized in brackets – in addition to a few photos. It’s fun to see how I’ve changed since and because of these particular trips, so I hope you enjoy these little slices of my travel history.
The Throwback Thursday series is a collection of posts from my collegiate adventures in Turkey (2011), Italy (2012), and Peru (2013). The entries will contain the original posting from the trip with a few minor edits – italicized in brackets) in addition to a few photos. It’s fun to see how I’ve changed since and because of these particular trips, so I hope you enjoy these little slices of my travel history.
My first throwback post will be from my second day in Turkey when my classmates and I decided to get Turkish baths. It certainly wasn’t what we expected…
If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. – Alphonse de Lamartine
These are just a few of my favorite images from my first international trip to Turkey in July 2011. To this day, Istanbul is still my favorite city in the world. My adventures and experiences as an archaeology student paved the way for the rest of my travels in college and continue to inspire me in my current travels. Turkey is a beautiful country with amazing culture and history, and I can’t recommend visiting enough!
Last week, while the kids were at swim lessons, I saw a mother introducing her daughter to the water. She didn’t cry; she didn’t scream. She looked perfectly at home in the water. She was FIVE MONTHS OLD. This tiny baby cooperated with every bounce and remained unfazed even when her mom dipped her completely under the water. I joked with her mom about seeing her baby in the Olympics someday. “That’s the plan,” she laughed.
Lately, I’ve been telling Z and M about my upcoming trip to the Gold Coast to watch one of my best friends and USA National Team Member Eva Fabian compete in the Pan Pacific Championships in the 10K Open Water (Their response: “She swims for TWO HOURS? Won’t her arms fall off?”). I also started teaching swim lessons at the local YMCA. With both of those events in mind, I’ve thought a lot about what swimming has come to mean to me since my competitive career ended in February. I still manage to get in a workout of my own on occasion, but swimming has become something I can enjoy as a fan and participate in as a teacher and a coach. And I love it.
Without a doubt, Turkey was the place that inspired me to travel. As this was my first international trip, someone told me beforehand that Istanbul would ruin every other city in the world for me. So far, he’s been right, but I won’t give up the fight just yet. I went to Turkey for five weeks in the summer of 2011 to study Archaeology with 10 other Yale students. Since we participated on an actual dig with the University of Nebraska, we were all admitted on Research Visas. About half of our time was spent in Istanbul before we made our way through central Turkey en route to the dig site at Gazıpaşa on the southern coast. In Istanbul, the interactions between the historical and the modern as well as the East and the West are nearly magical. But one of the most unique and special experiences of the trip was going to a village wedding in Fesleğen. Having traveled since then, I can still say with confidence that Turkey will always have a place in my heart. Turkey is one of the most beautiful places on earth with amazing history and culture that you have to experience for yourself.