Another English teacher in Indonesia made a list of goals she wanted to accomplish during her 9 months in the archipelago. I thought this was a great idea, and wished I had done it too. Which is why I’m totally stealing her idea for my time in Turkey. I love lists anyway, and setting some goals can also provide more focus and motivation for exploring the country and culture I’m about to immerse myself in. So here goes…
- Try lots of Turkish foods (including kebabs, chestnut dessert, cheeses, Turkish ice cream, pistachio baklava, Turkish ravioli, etc., etc., etc.).
- Learn how to cook some Turkish dishes.
- See the Whirling Dervishes.
- Learn enough Turkish to at least meet my daily needs and have basic conversations.
- Take more people pictures (with me in some of them). I tend to take lots of scenic photos but often wish I had more photos of the people in my life.
- Drink Turkish coffee, complete with a fortune telling of my leftover grounds. (I have actually tried this with a Turkish friend in the U.S., but I should do it while IN Turkey too, right?)
- Go to a Turkish bath. After my great experience at a Korean public bath house, I’m especially interested to see how the Turkish version compares.
- Learn more about Turkish history and why it’s considered the cradle of civilization.
- Go to an oil wrestling match. It’s the Turkish national sport!!!
- See as much of the country as possible. I’m not sure how much free time I’m going to have for travel, since I will have a full-time job and all, but I hope to maximize my exploration of other cities and regions. Some places I’m eyeing as this goes to press: Troy, Ephesus, and Mt. Nemrut. And 2 places that merit their own entries on this here list:
- Visit Istanbul.
- Visit Cappadocia. (And maaaaaybe take a hot air balloon ride there.)
Headin’ to the airport in a couple hours – wish me luck!