İ still love Türkiye. İt seems very different than it was three days ago. İ woke up and had my first Turkish breakfast on the balcony. Then İ went with Zeynep to the Brazilian embassy. Then we went to meet her friends in a cafe. They said İ`m "so white". İ really like Setuç (spelling). He`s beautiful, nice, speaks a bit of English (İ never though İ would like that about someone), and we like similar music. We went to a different "hang out" place then where İ was taught to play billardo (pool). Setuç kept saying "it`s too easy, it`s too easy". Anyway İ didn`t suck that bad, İ kind of surprized myself, but it was still embarrassing lol. After that we went to another cafe to get beer and chips (fries). İ did not enjoy my beer, so Setuç and another Turkish guy each drank half of it. The chips were better than any American chips though and they were dipped in what İ thought was mayonnaise. So Setuç was all making out with his girlfriend at that cafe which will come into play later in this narrative. So we left there to get me some underwear(s) (heh), due to my still lost luggage, although İ didn`t know that`s where we were going at the time. We got ice cream for the second time too (oh my
god Allah Turks eat a lot) Anyway, on the way there, Zeynep explained to me that Setuç and his girlfriend are breaking up because she likes him, but she`s not interested in him because she didn`t go with the four of us when we went from the cafe.. İ didn`t really get it, because like 5 minutes ago they were making out but now the term "breaking up" was being used. Did she even know? But also maybe the people explaining it didn`t quite know what they were talking about, since earlier when İ thought Zeynep and Setuç were a couple because they were kissing each other, they told me they were best friends and they had an intelligent "marriage".. no sex, etc. But, well, if they do know what they`re talking about, well, good. Anyway enough about that. İ learned not to put my money in the outer pockets of my backpack because "this is Turkey". We went to a park, me, Zeynep, Setuç, and İ don`t know his name becuase İ`m horrible with Turkish names. Setuç taught me some words and we talked about music. He loves Tool - Schism, apparently. İt was funny because he would sing the guitar part. He said it`s the perfect song. So we all sang songs together. We also sang Radiohead - Creep and it was hilarious because he sang the high parts exactly like Thom Yorke. İt`s also funny because of the accents. The other guy with us was also beautiful and he had chin-length hair. İ don`t think he spoke a word of English, though. Then me and Zeynep had to get on the bus to orientation. Once again, İ love the kisses on the cheek greeting. Feeling stubble against your face is neat. İ`m realizing that the Turkish language is so cool. My mind is going faster than İ can write all this. İ realize that even if İ had to go home right now after these four days that İ`d already have learned so much. From the exchanges, the natives, the language, the culture, and just being here. And to think, İ have about 361 more days. The whole purpose of youth exchange is to gain understanding and promote cultural learning and İ can honestly say that it`s been done even in 4 days and İ have so much more to do still. Turkey is perfect. Trevor said all the interesting people to Turkey. İt`s true. İ`m going to miss Zeynep. She leaves in 6 days for Brazil. İ only get to stay with this family for 3 more months and İ`m dreading the end because it`s perfect. So, anyway, yes the Turkish language is so cool. Everyone here speaks it (har har). İ dunno, it doesn`t seem like such a random language anymore. Learning a language is fun. At the camp most of the inbounds were from Brazil and it was Portuguese all the time. Trevor is fluent in Spanish (weird) and he can talk to the Brazilians in Spanish and they can answer in Portuguese and it totally works. On the plane he told me about his Mexican friend who, from his Spanish, mastered Portuguese in like 25 days. İ need to learn Spanish in senior year (it will be SO easy, with how it will be my 4th language and how during Trevor and the Brazilians` Spanish-Portuguese conversations İ can pick things out because of my French knowledge and prior Spanish knowledge. Then, from Spanish İ could learn Portuguese SO easily. İ`ve been thinking about how if İ do a second exchange it would be great to go to Brazil or even a Spanish-speaking country. Brazil looks so fun and it would be a good and easy language to learn. The only thing is that İ don`t want to go to Brazil because it`s too obvious. For God`s sake İ know someone who went on exchange to both Turkey and Brazil. But it doesn`t seem like anything could compare to Turkey since İ love it here and everything has been perfect. İ don`t even want to go on exchange to Norway/İceland anymore. Once again, all the interesting people go to Turkey. Can you see me flying to Brazil with the type of person who would go there. İ can`t. İ see myself flying with one of the most strange and interesting and indescribable people İ`ve ever met and not being able to tell if he`s gay or not.
Reasons Trevor might be gay:
- He has a somewhat gay voice, although not too over the top
- He has mostly female friends from what İ`ve heard him say
- He moisturizes
likes loves to dance
- He`s a good dancer
- He says "damn!" (two syllables)
- He`s a male exchange student
- He wears expensive clothes
- He called me babe
- As Zeynep said, he`s small for his age and for her.
Well maybe İ`ve just answered my own questions. Oh and İ forgot:
-He talks openly about menstruation.
Well anyway it`s not important but İ`m curious. We got a new American in too named Virginia from Minnesota. She`s weird, too, which İ`m noticing İ find two people in the whole world normal. But İ`ve been hanging out with her quite often which sadly was part of how nationalities somewhat stuck together at the conference. She`s not to be trusted. İ can`t tell her about how İ hate Amanda. İ don`t know why that`s such a strong feeling, by the way. She actually talked to me today.. which was partly why İ dislike her, because she seems so cold. But anyway İ find it easier to have deep conversation rather than small talk. Like when me, Trevor, and Virginia were talking about all our feelings on exchange so far opposed to when Trevor comes over and makes a random comment. Zeynep did that too. Then all İ can do is nor or say oh or okay. Portuguese is so cool. Trevor says he`s tempted to just buy a Spanish-Portuguese dictionary and start learning that before Turkish becuase it could be done easily. That even tempts me, too.
Everyone gets really shocked when they find out İ`m 16. Trevor and Virginia aare both almost 19 and have traveled already so they have more experience with this and stuff. He went to Japan for a summer and to England. She went to a 5-week program in Thailand. İ fefinitely want to learn the language before İ go on a second exchange though if İ do. İ`ve made remarkable progress in Turkish even though İ still answer no to the question of "Do you speak Turkish?" İ can`t wait til İ know so much turkish that İ can`t make another list about all the new words İ`ve learned:
Allahismarladik = Goodbye. My favorite new word.
Güle Güle = the response to Allahismarladik
And oh god İ can make a few seconds. My aunt taught me to say summer is very hot and winter is very cold. İ forgot the word for cold hehe.
Kuruş = coins
Sarı = yellow
Bir = 1
İki = 2
Üç = 3
Dört = 4
Besh = 5
Gunaydin = Good Morning
Şişco = Fat
Teşe.. something = Thank you
İ think it will be okay between Turkish lessons, my family, my family`s friends, TV, school, books İ want to get, etc. İ hope.
Some upcoming events to look forward to:
- İstanbul/Bodrum with Melike very soon. Hopefully İstanbul.
- School September 5th
- First exchange tour of 8ish to Cappadocia
- New family mid-late November
- Another conference in January with incoming Australians and more Brazilians and Americans we didn`t meet.
İ have more stuff to say but İ can`t. <3 Türkiye.
Oh İ also know Turkish:
Ben = İ
Sen = You
O = He/she/it
Pilav = Rice
Billardo = Pool
Ben Stacey = İ`m Stacey
Geet Geet! = Get away