This week was eventful – I got sick (and then got better!), played tourist, almost adopted a tiny kitty, sweated a lot thanks to the humidity that’s been hanging around recently, and had my last full week of class at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi. Soon we will head out on excursion week and travel down the Aegean coast – can’t wait!
– a Starbucks barista’s interpretation of ‘Katie’ and ‘Alex’. Mine read ‘Keydi’, which is Turkish for ‘cat’. Alex got ‘Elex’, which is impressive considering that the Turkish alphabet doesn’t have ‘x’ in it.
– the saddest, cutest, tiniest kitten I have seen in Istanbul thus far. It was meowing loudly and one of its eyes was swollen shut. I am regretting not taking it back to the Superdorm with me and nursing it back to health. I mean, look at that face! I think Istanbul might be turning me into a cat person. Maybe.
– Istanbul essentials: Rick Steve’s Istanbul (really great – it even tells you what buses to take to get to major sites), a Turkish pocket dictionary (super helpful, my Turkish sucks), hand sanitizer, a bus pass (which you can use on not only buses but also trams, the metro, ferries…), a watch, and an nazar bracelet for protection from the evil eye.