Monday, December 31, 2012

7,000 page views (WHAT?!) and a funny tidbit

I started this blog with humble intentions to write about my (hopeful) year abroad and educate the few rare souls that stumbled across it.  At 100 views I was impressed.  At 1000 I was a bit boggled.  And now at 7,000 (7,400 something now) I don't really know what to do with myself.  Even though I am back from Turkey, the views continue to rise on a daily basis.  Am I really that interesting?  Or maybe I'm more of a train wreck that's worth watching.  Either or.

So as I don't have much on here about my time in Turkey, I thought I'd give you a little story.  The first night the YES students and I arrived in Turkey, we were exhausted and travel-weary from our 9 hour flight.  I happened to be pissed off for reasons unknown, and desperately wanted to take a scorching bath to soothe my angry bones.  So once everyone had done their thing, I sauntered off the the bathroom, undressed, and searched around for the bathtub stopper.  It was nowhere to be found.  So, towel-clad and increasingly angry, I enlisted the help of my half-asleep roommate (Hana) to fix my plight.  After much grumbling, I realized that there was not a plug to be found and it must have gotten lost.  So I plugged the drain with a towel.

Now, I'm not normally so adamant about baths, but while I was in Turkey I craved them.  Now that I'm back, not so much.  When we moved to the next hotel, I had the same problem.

"Don't any of these places have stoppers for the tub?!"  I remember asking the YESers in exasperation. Eventually I found out that Turkey doesn't really have baths.  And that the "bathtubs" that I kept trying to plug up were actually showers...that just taunted me by looking like a tub.

So moral of the story, if you're in Turkey and you can't find the tub stopper, it probably doesn't exist.


Kind of a depressing song, but it's been on repeat for the past few days.


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  2. Hi :) I saw your blog on cultures shocked. I studied abroad in france a few years ago. Turkey sounds so interesting. Thats funny about the bathtub thing. I did soo much stuff like that during my exchange, they make really great stories now.

    Since I've been back I've been making a site for exchange students. There is a section where people can add advice, and since your're an experienced exchanger now I figured you would have some great stuff to add :) Or, just feel free to look around. The page is at