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Konya; Paradise
April 3, 2009, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Turkey


This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Everyone said Konya, Turkey would be horrible, mostly because it is the most conservative town. This is not the case in the slightest. We are staying at the Dervish Brothers Center in Konya, the most amazing hotel ever. It is basically a large and cozy Sufi house. There is one huge room which Amy dubbed ‘The Persian lair,’ which is covered from head to toe with Persian carpets. Everyone lounges around there during the day and we take our meals there, the most delicious food I’ve eaten in Turkey- meats and Pides and salads and all kinds of delicious teas and breads… Oh Turkey, I love you so! It is a very magical place here. Not to mention that our bedrooms are incredibly cozy, and I’ve found one more hilarious perk to traveling- the closets in our rooms have literally been converted into bathrooms. Yes, you open the closet door, and there is a toilet and shower curtain in it. Rachel likes to just hang out in the closet-bathroom, waving and smiling at me as she pees.

The amazing Persian lair

Rachel’s new preference of using the bathroom

There is another resident at our hotel by the name of Daryoosh, and he is an AMAZING daf player. He’s been playing daf for 20 years and he tours around the world, and last night he gave us an impromptu concert that reduced my brain to ooze out of my ears. Unfortunately he doesn’t speak English that well, but when I mentioned “Houman Pourmehdi,” a daf player at CalArts, he completely perked up. I subsequently burned him a copy of “Hands On’semble” (an amazing drumming group consisting of four of my teachers at CalArts) and he went ballistic over it.

Another amazing aspect of this hotel: WIRELESS. FINALLY. I haven’t enjoyed wireless internet in my bed since Thailand… so I’ve been super, super productive with my time the past day and I’ve done an impossibly large amount of work that I needed to do. I’m currently working on my Armenian papers, applying to an internship with International Campaign for Tibet for this fall, setting down the dates for my Europe trip in May and the Grameen Internship in June, doing schoolwork, and just…getting all of my stuff together. I am in a completely magical place in my life, in the middle of Turkey. I love it.

I hope all of you are having a life as amazing as mine is. One thing I’ve realized is that in the past 8 months, I have not been bored ONCE. This might be because I have to balance traveling, writing papers, living with 9 people in close quarters, and trying to have a social life- but the point is, I’m so glad I always have something to do.
Last night, Lizzie looked at a picture of me that was taken last summer right before the CRC trip. She says I look as if I’ve aged 6 years since then. I think I look older too. I feel older. This insane 9-month long journey with 9 other people is coming to an end in one month. One. month. I don’t know what will happen to me after that. Except I am going to Armenia. And England. And France. And Switzerland. And Italy. And back to Nepal. And Bangladesh. And India again. And then, I finally come home.

Much love,

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