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January 4th 2008
Published: January 4th 2008
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Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork... After a whistle-stop trip to NYC, I successfully procured a Turkish student visa. It was a race-against-the-clock as I waited impatiently for the necessary forms from Hacettepe Üniversitesi, but in the end it makes for reading that is far less dramatic than the stress the whole process inspired, so I'll spare you the details. Many thanks to Jaime and Jason in Brooklyn and to Joe and Andrea in Queens for helping me out once again with a city that I will always love and likely never be very good at.
2007 was an emotional year filled with school, travel, weddings and funerals. For me, the year ended calmly on the roof of my dear friend Sercan's apartment building, here in the magnificent city of İstanbul. I've been here for the better part of a week now and have little to report on in terms of touristy stuff. My days have been filled mostly by warm reunions with old friends and getting to know some new ones. I'm also trying to improve my Türkçe, all day, everyday, and it's usually more fun than it is frustrating. Winter here is mild compared to the intolerable cold that punishes Upstate New York each year, though it is still winter. Nevertheless, even a bit of cold weather has not darkened my spirits in this fantastic place. I haven't uploaded any new photos yet, but I'll try to do so for the next entry. The picture here of İstanbul shows the impressive Sülemaniye Camii off in the distance, though it does not do justice to its scale. I visited it for the first time a few nights ago. What an amazing thing to behold! Next week will be fılled with sorting the details of my time in Ankara: residency permit (DMV-style fun), housing, getting to know the campuses of Hacettepi Üniversitesi and a bit of Ankara itself. Hope all is well with all of you. Görüşürüz!

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8th January 2008

Woot I am the first commenter!
Alright alright, The only thing that excluded you from a real FB comment reply is this blog so I will forgive you. K now you gotta update ALL the time because I'll be checking ALL the time and I want results, Jima! It all sounds lovely BTW and I am very very glad everything worked out in the end :) Can't wait for the real stories to begin!
10th January 2008

Love the contrast
Super contrasting pictures! Great picture of you! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures! Dr. Klima
10th January 2008

woohoo blog!
im sure you'll be speaking perfect-ish in no time : )

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