On Monday I left Hannah and Ryan’s house and moved into my dorm in Etiler. It’s nice, a little small, but I’ve been so busy this week that I’m rarely home. The dorm I’m living in is about a 10 minute walk from the south campus of Boğaziçi University, and the walk is really nice.
I’ve met a ton of other exchange students in the past few days. It’s kind of overwhelming and it feels like freshman year all over again! Last night I went to a big pub crawl in Hisarüstü with a lot of the other exchange students.
Today I went with a group of about 10 students to the Grand Bazaar in the old city. I didn’t buy anything, but I plan to go back later in the semester.
Something I’m really loving is the food here. In the area near the university there are a lot of different restaurants, some are more American style and a little pricey but there are a lot of really authentic and inexpensive options. We found a pide and lamacun restaurant where lamacun is only 2.50 TL, or about $1.40 in USD. I don’t have a stove in my dorm, but I’m able to go grocery shopping and stock up on fresh produce and bread and yogurt which is great, and inexpensive compared to home.