Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An American in Turkey

Going on three years in Istanbul, life in Turkey feels like, well, life. I work, I run, I cook, I go to museums and movies, I hang out with my friends -- pretty much what I would be doing in San Francisco, with the occasional cultural misunderstanding, quirky event, or bureaucratic tangle to liven things up. Sometimes I wonder what it all means, if I've really experienced any of the change or growth I hoped for when I bought that one-way plane ticket back in 2007.

So I was pleased to have the opportunity to reflect a bit on my life abroad thus far for fellow blogger Camden Luxford's "Adjusting to Life as an Expat" series. Camden, a seasoned Australian traveler, was surprised at how difficult she found acclimating to life in Cusco, Peru, and decided to interview other expats about their own transitions.

You can read my answers to Camden's thought-provoking questions in "Expat Interview #13: An American in Turkey," the latest in a series of online conversations with foreigners in far-flung places, including China, Kosovo, and Morocco.


Umut Kazdal said...

I've always wanted to know how foreigners living in Turkey feel about my country. That interview has satisfied my curiosity. I am glad that you see Turkey as your "home".

Stories From Turkey said...

Great interview. And lots of good interviews and good insight.

The Turkish Life said...

Belated thanks for your nice comments! I hope Turkey will be home for a while yet, and that I'll keep learning and growing here.