Turkey Diaries: Part IX (Going Home)

This is the ninth and final installment of the Turkey Diaries. It's now only a few hours until my plane should lift off from Turkish ground. I've been really happy with my stay but am damn glad to be going home already. It of course would've been nice to be home for actual Christmas but [...]

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Turkey Diaries: Part VII (“Networking Networks”)

It's now only about ten days until I'm going home. The last weeks here in Turkey have been pretty busy as we're wrapping up the course on Culture and the Environment. We'll have our last actual class on Monday and a week from that it's the final exam and deadline for our term papers. Then, [...]

Turkey Diaries: Part VI (Traveling and Trans–Corporeality)

I'm back from Troad! For those to whom that name doesn't say anything, that's the ancient Troy area. It's super cool to be in a country with such history everywhere. For instance, just a couple weeks back I visited the site of 3000-year old Gordion (as in, the place where Alexander the Great cut the [...]

Turkey Diaries: Part V a.k.a. Dude, You Must Be (field) Trippin’

I woke up in the middle of the night today because I was so psyched about my work that I just couldn't sleep any more but had to immediately write down the ideas that I had, and ended up writing a solid page of new stuff on the article I'm working on at the moment. [...]

Turkey Diaries: Part Dört*

I'm super busy right now. Which is good. I have a ton of reading to do, and I have to do it all before leaving for a combined business/pleasure trip to the famous rock climbing destination of Geyikbayiri early on Tuesday morning. I'm obviously really looking forward to going but also a little stressed because [...]

Turkey Diaries: Part 33 1/3*

Today, it is the fifth of November and I feel like a mad scientist. Mad in two ways, actually. First, kinda mad because the government of the country that I'm staying at decided yesterday to try to hush the arrests of opposition politicians by trying to block social media access. I've been very happy with my stay here [...]