Archive for February, 2011


The title of this post (pronounced: majeralar) translates to “adventures”. Every day in this foreign city is an adventure! From speaking with my hands and terrible Turkish to trying new foods to meeting new people, even the mundane here is exciting. We went out to eat on Wednesday, and this past-time that we all are […]

Sooo Turkish.

The morning of Saturday, February 5th I had my second dramatic airport goodbye with my boyfriend, this time in the Dusseldorf airport, and in the evening of Saturday, February 5th I was sitting in an empty dorm building in Istanbul a state of mild panic. I am a little more settled now, and can finally […]

Winter break and Exam break!

Well. It certainly has been a while, Gustavus Blog. It’s time to start posting again! I sort of dropped off the face of the planet back there in November. Classes were ending and things were getting a bit hectic and I guess I can just say I sort of forgot. I don’t have much an […]

What’s so Hard about Riding a Bike?

The cliche phrase that immediately comes to mind when talking about Japan is inevitably “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” After arriving in Japan and learning some of the do’s and don’ts, I’ve come to realize that this is not only a comment on conformity, but also an enlightening thought on the nature […]

I thought I would get skinny in Europe

It’s a well-known fact: all people who study abroad in the U.S.A. ¬†gain twenty pounds and those who go to Europe lose about twenty pounds. It’s proven, trust me. Google it. Anyways, so I thought I would magically come to Europe and lose some weight. I have to walk everywhere, they don’t have fast food, […]