Tag Archives: sabbatical

New Year, New Challenge

Slightly over a month ago, I described my biggest sabbatical self-challenge as practicing English with a kid. After staying with a couple more Turkish kids, I am not that nervous around them anymore. Today, I returned to Izmir for a … Continue reading

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Last Breakfast

I am blessed that my Turkish friends let me enter their lives. Since I arrived Istanbul, my ex-landlady’s brother has been knocking on my door to invite me to join him and his wife (my Turkish Mom) for breakfast every … Continue reading

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The most aptly named Ceren

This post is long overdue. Eight years ago, I joined a tour to the Black Sea region of Turkey alone, and in the group were Ceren and Bariş. Since I was the only solo traveler, Ceren was very kind and … Continue reading

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Taking a Break from my Sabbatical

Taking a gap year traveling the world probably sounds very cool to most of you. Yet, it does get tiring after a while. I started my sabbatical in late March last year and started losing interest by October. However, since … Continue reading

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Taking Sabbatical

Some of you may wonder how I could manage to travel for over a year without a stable source of income. In fact, to live on savings was one of the major mental preparations I had to myself once I … Continue reading

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Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” my high school classmate from eighteen years ago suddenly asked me when we were chilling at her apartment in Paris. “Huh?” “Don’t think! Answer right off the top of your head!” my friend insisted. “Well, it … Continue reading

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Love

I got interviewed by three high schoolers for their project on “love” in the street in Fez one day. They asked me about the love from my parents, and here is a recap of what I told them: My parents love me … Continue reading

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