05.04.2010 - 06.04.2010
I have arrived in Istanbul after hectic months to prepare the house and my life to be gone for a year. I started pursuing this opportunity in May 2009, spent the fall negotiating the contract, and the first quarter of 2010 getting the work visa and work permit. But in truth, I have been preparing for this since high school. I am fascinated by different cultures and history and I have always sought opportunities that would allow me to learn and contribute in an international setting. But this will be the longest time I have been away from home and attempted to build a life in a country where I am the foreigner.
So there were doubts and uncertainty as there was much more to taking a job outside the country than I first realized.
So in the end it was an act of faith that good things would come from this experience.
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” —Pico Iyer
Arriving in Istanbul and having this beautiful view every morning at breakfast and every evening at the end of the day from the terrace of the Conrad Hilton was soothing and exciting. Seeing the shores of Asia on the other side of the Bosporus and the ferries and barges coming and going, I know that there will be much to learn and much to explore in this fascinating city.