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What a day! It is beautiful and sunny today! I’m pretty sure I was whistling on my bike ride home. This is me, wearing sunglasses, on the balcony outside my room:

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Also this is Molly, chillin’ with me the other day while I was blogging!
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I learned about my week in Turkey and let me be the first to tell you that it will be jam packed! Our tour guide should be quite the character, from what I am told. Very fun! This is a little run down on what my days will be like:

Starting on Sunday March 3rd

  • Be at Airport at 10:30
  • Plane leaves at 12:30
  • Staying at the Grand Halic Hotel
  • Group dinner (there are about 40 of us)

Monday, March 4th

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Head to the eastern part of Istanbul via awesome boat.
  • Go to Marmara University to the Department of Early Childhood Education
  • School Visit
  • Head back to western part of Istanbul/ dinner and rest of evening on own

Tuesday, March 5th (Ps. My birthday!!)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • School visits (choice of two)
  • Cultural afternoon –> Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market
  • Group Dinner
  • Seeing a Dance Performance of traditional Turkish dance

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Choice of going to 1 of 5 schools (Lunch with the group you go to school with)
  • Afternoon lecture from the head of UNICEF Turkey division.
  • Evening on own

Thursday, March 7th

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Cultural morning–> Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome
  • Lunch on Bosphorous Boat Cruise (!!!)
  • Group dinner

Friday, March 8th

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Academic wrap-up
  • Plane leaves at 3:10
  • Arrive back in CPH at 5:00pm (17:00)

Holy Mary mother of cows. Can you believe all that stuff??? It is going to be so much fun!! There is such a lovely group of people going on this trip too, so it will be even more fun. Also we are the first CDD (Child Diversity and Development) course to ever go to public schools in Turkey. For us to be able to visit public schools you have to go through the Ministry of National Education in Turkey and it took 2 years for them to get back to our professor. They said no, but thankfully our professor has tons of connections and she got us into a few publish schools! It pays to know the right people, that’s for sure.

Another thing: Have you ever been looking in a store and then, as if the fates have taken an interest in you personally, you spot something that is absolutely screaming your name? Some real stars aligned kind of stuff? That happened to me today. In the sales (udsalg, in Danish) area. Go figure. This is the little item:

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It was 50DKK (Kroner). Now you might be thinking, “Wow, that is a lot of money! Isn’t that a little expensive, Miaja?” Oh no, dear friends. That is cheap! 50DKK is 10 US dollars! Finding something worth 50DKK in a store is a miracle! It is like a sign from the gods telling me that this skirt was meant to be in my possession. I kid you not, it was talking to me. It said: “Miaja! Over here, girl! Look how colorful and fantastic I am. BUY ME, YOU IMPULSIVE BUYING SAPLING ” It was very convincing, I’ll have you know. I decided it will look great in Turkey because it will be in the 50’s when I go next week!

Alright, well I have said all I need to say. See you on the flip side!

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I am so excited for Turkey! (The English translation of my title)

AHHH! I can’t believe it!! This time next week I will be in Turkey. It’s unbelievable how quickly time has passed. Very soon it will be March and I will have been here for two months. I have this weird feeling that I have been here so long, but sometimes I also feel like I have been here for only two weeks. I’m not sure how to explain it. But it’s weird.

(Ps. As I am writing this blog I have a puppy biting my chin. This is both cute and painful.)

I have been learning about the education system in Turkey, which is not in the greatest condition right now, and the more I learn the more I am interesting to see what the culture is like firsthand. I have heard so many different opinions, even from people on the street. Literally. We had to go up to people on the street outside of our classroom and ask them about Turkey. Very interesting assignment. People from Turkey are the biggest immigrant population here in Denmark. Think about the feelings toward the Mexican population in America, it is very similar in Denmark toward the Turkish population.

I will be getting a rundown of what my stay in Turkey will be like tomorrow. My professor, Maja (a different spelling of my name. Maja is actually a fairly popular name in Denmark. Said My-Ahh), grew up in Turkey as a child and even went to school there. I’m told by a student who went to Turkey with Maja last semester that she is a mother bear when it comes to her students visiting Turkey. She is uber protective. It will be nice to have someone there who knows the area pretty well and who knows the language.

Here are some things I might see when I am in Istanbul:

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It will be so different than what I am used to and I just can’t wait! (Sorry, Uncle Bruce. I know you don’t like that expression very much for some pretty great philosophical reasons, but it needs to be used here!) Also, I turn 21 in Turkey so that should be interesting.

I’m not exactly sure what I will be doing exactly while I am there, but it doesn’t really matter as long as I am there!

Just thought I would share some excitement with you all!

Enjoy your day/night!