Introduction

Welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen! Come one, come all, and experience danger, adventure, and never-revealed secrets with famed explorer Christian Bakken as he treks through the fabled Orient, just by perusing his memoirs, a masterpiece of literary ingenuity now accessible with only the click of a button! Feel your heart pound and your imagination soar as you walk alongside him as he steps inside the towering citadels and enigmatic temples of the heathen Turk! Learn the exotic customs and queer tongue of this land shrouded in mystery, and find out what remains of the fallen cities and shattered temples of the ancient civilizations! It’s exhilarating and fascinating, and your world will never be the same again! Now, this limited edition even includes photographic images, in lifelike color, for no extra cost! Don’t wait, read them today!

 

No, I don’t want to hype this that much. This is a study abroad blog, and as I’ve never felt the need to expound excessively on my experiences, that means every so often I’ll dump some pictures a brief synopsis of my travels, and maybe an interesting story or two. In forty hours or so, I’ll be stepping of the airplane at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, which is stunningly exciting, though I can’t shake the knowledge of the hundreds of things that could go wrong between now and then in my first ever solo international trip. After a few weeks of touring Istanbul and Ankara, I will settle in to my home for the next four months in Alanya, on the Mediterranean coastline of southern Turkey. It should be amazing and complicated, enlightening and stressful, but above all it will be different from anything I’ve done before, and I can’t imagine I’ll return to Appleton and to Georgetown without being changed somewhat. But for now, I’m just looking forward to soaking in the atmosphere of a country I’ve wanted to visit for half a dozen years, meeting my classmates and professors, and getting an understanding of how to get around in Turkey. Check back later, and I’ll hopefully have improved this blog’s quality a little bit as I learn how to use WordPress, but for now I have too many things to get to before I head out to spend time on that at the moment.