Great news! I received my host family information! They live in Istanbul (not in the suburbs, actually IN Istanbul) on the Asian side a short distance away from the Bosphorus! They like TV, music, and travel, which are all things I like to do. They also like playing sports and doing other athletic activities, which I don’t usually do but I would love to start doing. I started emailing my host father, and he seems nice. He also knows English, which is useful when I don’t know what I am talking about in Turkish J
I also sent out my visa information and what I am pretty sure is the last of my paperwork. It took a while to complete because my family can be very disoriented and we all work at different paces, but we finally got it done!
My Turkish has been improving, too. I have been using a program that helps me learn Turkish vocabulary, and with this program I have learned over 300 words (I do not remember all of them, but I know them better than I did before).
Thursday, August 2, 2012
And I’m back!
I got back from my trip to DC a few days ago :) It was quite a good trip and my friend Maria tagged along (it was the furthest south she’s ever been and her first time on a commercial airplane). We toured
and visited a few others, but GWU and AU were my favorites :) We also visited a
few museums and the National Zoo, which were both nice. American University
For my trip to
, I’ve sent in the rest of
the money for my tuition! My donation jar has raised over $200 so far, and I
have all of the spare spending money I am going to need for my trip. It is
definitely a good feeling knowing that my financial situation for my exchange
is all settled :) Turkey