Olympos

Last week a few friends and I went to Olympos, a small area on the southern coast of Turkey in Antalya Province. We stayed in a hostel filled with fruit trees, lounged on the beach, and swam in the Mediterranean. It is a beautiful place and I know I’ll be back someday.

The view of Mount Olympos from the beach

The view of Mount Olympos from the beach

The Mediterranean. We swam around that point and into a cave!

The Mediterranean. We swam around those rocks and into a cave!

Kahvaltı (Turkish breakfast) at our hostel

Kahvaltı (Turkish breakfast) at our hostel

Exploring the Roman ruins of Olympos

Exploring the Roman ruins of Olympos

These pink flowers grew everywhere

These pink flowers were everywhere

Our last day at the beach - Maura, Ariella, Sabreen and me

Our last day at the beach – Maura, Ariella, Sabreen and me

Where freshwater meets the Mediterranean in Olympos

Where freshwater meets the Mediterranean in Olympos

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).