For a city with the size and diversity of Istanbul, one semester is really not long enough. Even if I spent all my time exploring the different alleys and hidden streets of the city, it would take me years, and I do mean many years, to be able to feel like I had adequately explored this place.
A fun fact for all you geography buffs out there: the city of Istanbul is actually on two different continents. Divided between Europe and Asia, the city is bisected by the Bosphorus Strait, a narrow body of water that connects the Black Sea to the north with the Sea of Marmara to the south.
Moving from a town like Boulder to a city like Istanbul is probably one of the biggest shifts that I could possibly have gone for. Boulder is relatively small (~120,000 people including students) and the city is very much meant to be experienced outdoors. There are parks everywhere, tons of green, not to mention the mountains butting up to us. The wide open spaces of home are a luxury, and of course, you never what you have until it is gone.
Since I am abroad in Istanbul, I thought I would compare some similarities and differences between being a student at CU, and one in Istanbul, here's what I got:
1. The class load is much heavier abroad: The average student takes 8-10 classes per semester in Turkey in order to graduate within 4 years. At CU, you only have to take 5 in order to graduate in four years.
As many of you know, the city of Boulder was met with torrential, ad very destructive flooding last week. I was born and raised in Boulder, and there has never been anything like this flooding. We do occassionally get wildfires that can be destructive, but nothing on this level has happened in recent memory.
Hey everyone! Spring break is over and it's time to get back to the real world of midterms, papers, homework, and eventually: finals.
Luckily for us, the weather has been absolutely perfect. It's been over 70 degrees for a few weeks and the sun has been out almost the whole time. Unfortunately...
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