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About Valentina

I'm from a small and beautiful town next to a big and amazing lake in Guatemala.

Letter of Apology to Yoli Oqueli (by Emilie Smith)

June 15, 2012 Dear Yoli, I have no words in my heart or mouth that could possibly express my outrage and grief over what has happened.  The harm to your precious sacred person is vile and inexcusable.  The intended harm … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Year Abroad (Mapping a Go Global Year)

I’m writing with the view of the beautiful lake that I’m grateful to call home. It’s been eighteen months since I was last here and as I sip a warm cup of tea in this old table that brings back … Continue reading

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My first -and most probably last- mini post in Turkish

Bu ilkbahar tatilinde benim fransiz arkadasim, Bertrand, Istanbul’a geldi, bu bizim Kara Deniz ‘e yolculuğumuz. Once biz Trabzon’a uctuk. Orada universitenin bir yurdunda kaldık. Sonraki gun Sumela Manastırı’na gittik. Sumela Manastırı ormanda buyuk bir dagda. O gece, biz yasli bir koylu kadinin … Continue reading

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Turkish Kahvaltı

If there is one thing that should be enough to make any person come to Turkey it’s definitely the Turkish Breakfast. There is simply nothing better than to walk around Beşiktaş (my new neighborhood!) and randomly choose amongst the many kahvaltı … Continue reading

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Turkish Delights

Dear Blog, It’s been so long – I’m sorry ! In the next couple of days [weeks] I’ll try to catch up on all the things from my messy crazy-fun-on-exchange life. For now I leave you with a new category: … Continue reading

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Aquí Estoy

Estoy en un bus con musica en árabe a todo volumen, la gente fumando por todos lados. Estoy siguiendo un camino de cabras, visitando monasterios antiguos en el valle sagrado – Qadisha. Estoy comiendo falafel con menta; zatar con tomates y … Continue reading

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Cotton Castles and Ancient Ruins: A Weekend in Asia

Traveling with a group of six girls is a bit of a hassle and a lot of fun: way too many unwanted attentions and just the right amount of gossip to have a blast in another three-day-weekend adventure. This time … Continue reading

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A weekend in Istanbul

As nice as the Koc campus is, we can all get a little lazy when it comes to taking two buses and a metro to be in Taksim (downtown). So this weekend three other girls and I decided to find … Continue reading

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Class (and potato)

It’s my third day of class and I ‘m already behind on my readings. I’m sorry 80-pages-of-turkish-history-due-tomorrow, you’ll have to wait until I write a blog post. Classes have been as good as can be expected so far, except for … Continue reading

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This is how Turkish grammar works

I got an email today from my RA and thanks to google translate I could get the overall message. I think it’s a good example of how Turkish grammar is different from English/Spanish/any language I know a bit of… “Welcome … Continue reading

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