Domes of Turkey

Sultan Ahmet Cami (Blue Mosque), Istanbul

Sultan Ahmet Cami (Blue Mosque), Istanbul

Nuruosmaniye Cami, Istanbul

Nuruosmaniye Cami, Istanbul

Orhan Cami, Bursa

Orhan Cami, Bursa

Yeni Cami (New Mosque), Istanbul

Yeni Cami (New Mosque), Istanbul

Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque), BursaUlu Cami (Grand Mosque), Bursa

Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), Istanbul

Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), Istanbul

Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque), Bursa

Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque), Bursa

Suleymaniye Cami, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Cami, Istanbul

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Recently

Istanbul has been fortunate enough to experience 9 days in a row of nothing but warm, sunny days.

I spent a day with friends, eating a kilo of strawberries from our local market and looking out over the Bosphorus.

My roommate made me this delicious cookie!

Personalized and everything!

Personalized and everything!

I had a day off from school for May Day, or Labor Day. This happened, but I was far away from the protests.

A friend and I took a day trip to the beach at Kilyos, located on the northern end of Istanbul on the Black Sea.

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I visited Hannah and Ryan for a barbecue. This morning, we walked along the Bosphorus in Sariyer and saw a sailboat race.

A photo from a 2010 race on the Bosphorus, photographed by Kaan Verdioğlu

A photo from a 2010 race on the Bosphorus, photographed by Kaan Verdioğlu

Currently: hearing the celebrations for Galatasaray’s Champions Cup win – virtually every car driving by is honking its horn, there are fireworks going off in multiple places in the city, and I’m hearing a lot of chants… “bir, iki, üç, dört!” (one, two three, four – the number of goals Galatasaray scored in this particular game).