So much has happened since my last post! I surprised my family by going home for Christmas. I will never forget the look on their faces as they walked into my mom’s house expecting to decorate cookies. That was wonderful. Plus just being home, surrounded by friends and family, it was ‘holidaytastic’!
As for coming back to Istanbul, it was a breeze. The beauty of the city alone just resonates deep within me. In many ways, I feel like I am still very much adjusting to my new country, which can be overwhelming and isolating. Also, some of the best people I know live in San Diego and I miss them. However, it feels good being here.
On the becoming a traveler and not a tourist note, I began my 30 days of yoga last week… tomorrow is class number three. The second class was all in Turkish and I actually understood a couple of words! I am continuing with my ceramics class as well. Glazing and painting this morning while listening to the people around me speak in this foreign language was just very relaxing. However, one guy was from Spain and we conversed for a (very little) bit in Espanol. Ole!