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Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara

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I absolutely loved Heybeliada Island last weekend. It was so relaxing and the water was as refreshing as Lake Michigan on a summer day. Jonathan and I joined other K-12 English teachers at the ferry port and we all rented bikes to get around– there are only emergency vehicles on the island and squeezing 9 people into a romantic horse drawn carriage wasn’t an appealing option. We told the bike shop man that we wanted to go to the plaj (beach) and he pointed the way. After we inquired about directions with someone else, we were headed to what this guy called, “the secret beach”! We found this secluded beach after a few miles of biking up hill, carefully guiding our bikes down a pine needle- ridden trail, and several concrete/seashell steps. It was definitely a worthwhile adventure. There was no one there when we arrived around 11:30am and nothing sounded better than a dip in the sea.

There were two guys who ran the place and they provided beverages and a few food items for guests. I actually saw the guys catching and cleaning oysters from the sea– so naturally we had to try them from the menu. It was a memorable spot and I’d really like to return before the cold weather sets in.

A new workplace

I’ve completed my first week at Fatih Koleji- meeting teachers, administrators, and filling my back pocket with fun communication games! Dave’s ESL cafe and Shambles ESL & English Games have been great sources for ideas. The school is launching a new bilingual curriculum for the kindergarteners and I have been looking over the materials chosen by the administration overseeing the curriculum. There are a few teachers who worked to pilot this program last year and they have also given resources to the rest of the Kindergarten teachers at various campuses.

The kindergarteners and their parents were at the school this week, adjusting to their new environment, and I was very happy to meet them before the official first day: September 17th 🙂 I am working in the kindergarten classes with one other native English speaker, also from the American midwest. The employees at the school have welcomed us into the school with kind words and plenty of food! It’s going to be a great year!

My first time in Asia

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On the ferry from Beşiktaş to Kadıköy!

Istanbul is the only city that covers two continents: Europe and Asia. The city was first connected by the Bosphorus Bridge in 1973.

There are a few ways for me to get from my neighborhood in Şişli to the Asian side of Istanbul. I’m still trying to figure out how to travel around the city because of its extremely large size and several transportation methods. When my roommate Brooke and I went to the popular Kadıköy pazar (market) this past Tuesday, we found it best to take a combination of the metro train and dolmus (minibus) to the Beşiktaş seaport, jump on a ferry to Kadıköy, and walk or taxi to the pazar. Yes, it may sound simple, but when I say we “found it best” I mean we had to get lost several times to figure out the easiest path! There was plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, clothing and household items. Brooke and I bought fresh vegetables for a dinner salad and we certainly didn’t forget olives!

I’m excited to visit other markets around town, especially the one in my neighborhood. Here is an article in the Guardian about the 10 best markets in Istanbul.

Kadıköy pazar:

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