in my short 6 month stay in istanbul, it seems impossible, with relationships, to not consider how temporary, shifting and fleeting time with new friends is. this probably has everything to do with the one month increments of life i have here. first, one month with uc san diego, right now i'm doing a month in cihangir (which expires at the end of this week). and september is just a loose ends month: i'm finishing up intensive turkish language courses on the 4th, and then on the 5th i'm taking off to travel for 10 days. coming back on the 15th for bogazici universite orientation -- but classes don't start until the 28th so who KNOWS what i'll be doing. getting to know other students, i guess? hopefully a little more travel?
in october, i'll finally settle into a slightly more regular life with 3 months of classes. but until then, i'm just a fleeting part of the busy istanbul time-space continuum. in some ways this is just part of my experience -- hopping around istanbul, literally moving up the coast to a new flat every month. (sultanahmet, cihangir, and friday to hisarustu). but when my roommate aysha left for her masters in belgium, i began to think more and more about this fleeting nature of my relationships here. at once, sad and novel...aysha and i, for example, knew each other a total of 21 days and yet i feel like she's made this great impact on my time here. keeping me energized, challenging the way i think about things, simply by virtue of letting me into her life for this brief period, my path has shifted and changed. well, at the very least, i'm grateful for the chance to meet great people - short as our time together may be.
volkan, aysha and tony on the terrace at besinci kat (my favorite terrace in istanbul), enjoying aysha's last night in town.
aysha's last breakfast at akyol. volkan came home from work with some borek and we had a few good laughs before leaving for the airport.
my verryyy used copy of the turks today, with aysha pointing out a real life example of a turk, today. i really wanted her to do this, haha.
aysha and her best girl friends (and me) saying goodbye.