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March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

There is something interesting that has happened to me.  Well, not to me, but to my life.  It has started to become normal.  I still don´t quite know how this is possible considering I am living in a foreign country which is so so different than the USA, but somehow very little is able to take me by surprise anymore. 

One thing I wish I could explain more in my blog is what daily life is really like.  It is a hard thing to do; just try explaining your life…the things you do everyday that seem so normal they aren´t even worth mentioning.  However, it is the little things that make living here unique and interesting.

Therefore, I want to share a story of what happened today in school.  First, the background information.  There was a math test today during 4th period.  That means during both 2nd and 3rd period, we must convince the teacher to not teach and give us the hour to study for the test (since you could never study at home…).  Of course not everyone is studying.  Normal other activity can be expected: talking, reading, listening to music. 

Music.

Turks love music.  Singing and dancing and playing.  I don´t know if it is special to my class, but they are especially fond of music.  It is very odd for a day to pass without me hearing some form of musical expression or another.  Don´t take this negatively, I love music just as much as the next person.  It may be some folk song that randomly starts to be sung in the middle of break (or possibly class), someone playing music from their phone of MP3 player, or, like today, there is an instrument in the classroom.

Today there was a guitar.  I have never heard my class sing so much before.  And since there were two classes of no class, it offered even more opportunity to express themselves.  Fatih (the boy who brought the guitar) played for a long time.  One song after another.  Strange thing, everyone knew all the songs, or at least the choruses.  I did not which was a bit sad, but by the end of the day, I too was starting to catch on.

All in all, it was a very good day. 

*I know I posted earlier today.  I wrote that a few days ago, but never actually posted it.  Anyway, now it looks like I am super dedicated to this blog thing. 🙂

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