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I was fortunate enough to spend the week in New Orleans for a work conference this week. It was an incredibly interesting place and I look forward to returning at some point to spend more time visiting museums and learning more about the history.

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The day consisted of: delicious breakfast, exploring ruins, shopping, beach, ice cream, shopping, grilled fish dinner. So a pretty typical Thursday (jk).

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Süleymaniye Camii // Istanbul

Today’s word of the day was jet lag. Onur and I went to bed around 10:30pm local time and were wide awake at 2:30am and unable to sleep again, so we worked on email and a coding project until breakfast was served at 7am. The hotel serves a very nice kahvaltı (breakfast) which helped fuel our whirlwind day of sightseeing (Mom posted about breakfast and sightseeing here). We were so efficient in our route planning and time management that we saw all the sights in less than 12 hours, so I’m glad we decided to spend only one full day here.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gaziantep, Turkey

Gaziantep, Turkey

So I made it! The trip was smooth, although once I traveled through the Istanbul airport I knew immediately that the language barrier would be a challenge. I made it, thankfully most directional signs are printed in both Turkish and English. But any announcements that were in English was completely incomprehensible.

  • The first destination was Gaziantep, for a day and a half. In the 30 hours I accomplished the following:
  • Discovered that my understanding of Turkish is enough to guess what is being talked about
  • Discovered that try as I might, my accent will always be hilarious to my dining companions (“go on, say ‘hello’ again!”)
  • Turkish food is the most delicious thing ever, anywhere. I knew this already, but really it is off the charts.
  • Tried a dish that is essentially raw lamb, mixed with bulgar. They jokingly called it ‘Turkish sushi’ and it actually wasn’t bad.
  • Drank turkish kahve (coffee), and oh so much çay (tea).
  • Smoked a nargile (hookah).
  • Explored a bazaar.
  • Visited a museum of famous mosaics that were discovered close to this city.
  • Visited the town’s zoo, which is apparently the second-largest zoo in all of Europe!
  • So far have avoided jet lag. I know it’s coming, but so far the kahve and çay are keeping it at bay.
Türkçe balkon / Turkish balcony

Türkçe balkon / Turkish balcony

More photos below…

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Emigrant Peak before sunrise

Life here is so good.  My work is fun, I am getting to explore beautiful country, and I am starting to settle into the community.

Late Nights
There is more tango than I originally expected here and I’ve found a handful of dancers who are both high level and extremely nice to work with.  I’ve been dancing two to three nights per week, and last week there was a big milonga in Bozeman that brought in dancers from Missoula, Billings and Helena.  So many late nights!  It’s a half hour drive home after the dances, but just like any self-respecting tango dancer I will always choose sleep-deprivation in favor of dancing when possible.  I have been asked to help teach a six week beginning tango class series in town.  It really is a huge complement to be welcomed into the community this way.

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Beartooth Mountains

Good news everybody!  I was offered a summer job in Big Sky Country.  Not just any job, but a really neat job in wildlife biology, my intended field.  Needless to say, I am extremely excited.  Also, I move in 21 days and counting.  Here goes another big adventure!

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Flying over Montana 

My first day in New York has been fun, exciting, and at times, completely overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »