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February 16, 2011

I have been in Samsun/abroad enough time to change.  That being said, I could make this some deep post about self and soul-but I´m not going to do that.  It will come later.  Rather, I have some questions (and answers) I wish to share with my oh so dedicated readers (şaka şaka).  Some have been asked to me by Türks or by Americans; some have not been asked, but should be answered.  Some are funny; some are serious.  Some are easy to answer; some have no true answer at all.  Let´s start with an easy one.  

  • Do you miss your family/home?  Short answer is yes.  To elaborate, there is no time that I would not love to be with them again or be able to walk through my back door at home.  However, I have reached a point where I don´t nessasarily want to go home.  I don´t want to go home now.  I have not completed my time here.  In June, I want to go home.  But I know I will come back.  As harsh as it may sound, I have learned to live without my family/not in the USA and realize I do not always need them right by my literal side (do I need them supporting me: YES!!).  There are times I want to go home so badly; others when I am perfectly content here.  This is a good thing.  I love you all.
  • What do you think of Turkish people? Have a Canadian ask you what you think of Canadians, and you aren´t going to think of all the bad qualities you can.  When a Türk asks me what do I think of Türks/Turkey, I answer that I really like it- the truth.  Then I tell them it is hard because Turkey and America are so different.  Also true.  However, I know I will miss aspects of Turkey when I go home.
  • Is Turkish hard? Yeah, I mean it is a foreign language.  And it is very different from English (like I have said many times before).  I am slowly learning it and am starting to have fun when talking.  Sounds strange, but using grammar such as ‘I should have…’ can be cool when you just learned it a few days back.  I am easily amused.
  • Can you understand me?  Yeah.  Don´t try to be sneaky by speaking Turkish to someone, saying something about me, but not looking at me and assuming that I won´t be able to hear/understand you because we aren´t making eye contact.  Just doesn´t work that way.  But that can be our little secret. 
  • Do you know Obama/have you been in the White House? No.  Not many Americans do.   I am included in that group of people, just as you are. 

Those are some questions I am asked.  Now for a few I would like to ask the people.

  • Why are you staring at me? Actually, I know the answer to this. It is because I am not Turkish and I am speaking English.  Still, it is frustrating to me.  I don´t want to be stared at or laughed at because I am different.  I know I am not Turkish; it that a problem?  Because here is a news line for you: a lot of the world is not Turkish.  What a surprise.  Sorry.  This topic is a bit of a sore spot for me because it is one of those things that will put me over the edge.
  • How can you say ‘I could never do what you are doing’? Before leaving for Turkey, I didn´t know if I could do it either.  But I did have confidence and the willingness to throw myself out there and give it a go.  This is like anything in life.  There were hard times, but I made it through.  And yes, the times were really hard.  I can relate to you if you are sad.  I get it.  I also know there is a great feeling once you realize you are through it…and trust me, it will pass.

I suppose there are more, but this is not the place to ask them.  Now one for you, the reader.

Why aren´t you commenting on my posts?   

Because you should.  What are your questions?  I don´t know what you want to hear about.  What did you think of what I wrote?  Did it remind you of something you experienced?  Why are you reading my blog anyway? 

I want to know.  Commenting is easy.  So keep the questions coming.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Libby permalink
    February 16, 2011 2:16 pm

    Hey Sam! It’s always great reading your blog and I miss our random conversations about strudels and other things. America just isn’t the same without you but it seems like you’re having a great time in Turkey! Wishing you all the best,
    The midget!

  2. Dr. Kay permalink
    February 16, 2011 3:00 pm

    Hi Sam! I have been reading every blog you post and truly enjoy seeing it pop up in my email—-its like Christmas morning—-you never know what your gonna get but its always good!!! 🙂 I love your honesty and your willingness to put yourself out there even if its not all bright and shiny. Your experience is a priceless one and I know you get that which makes it all the better. Look at the staring as a positive—-now you know what it feels like to be a rock star/celebrity—eyes constantly on you! I learned that feeling while in India—-it is odd but also just another part of a great experience. I hope you continue to enjoy your time there cause you only have a few months left and then when ever I see you I will be bombarding you with questions and you’ll be wishing people were only staring!! LOL
    Here’s a question that I don’t think you’ve addressed—-what do you wear on a daily basis? Your American clothes or do you have a dress code for school or different clothes for different Turkish occasions which are more appropriate? Are you participating in any school sporting events?

  3. Abby permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:08 pm

    Hi, Sam! I second what Dr. Kay said about seeing your blog posts come into my e-mail inbox…always makes me smile. 🙂 Keep on writing, and I hope you’re having a good week!

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