Görüşürük Osmaniye!

The university district of Osmaniye from above

The university district of Osmaniye from above

Osmaniye has been a quiet, peaceful, beautiful, interesting home to me this past year. I have met many incredible people, too many to mention.Though many students and people from other parts of Turkey don’t understand the appeal of Osmaniye, I feel very grateful to have been placed here. My colleagues in the English Department were amazing, I stumbled upon the most wonderful roommate and friend, my Fulbright site mate was a perfect match, and though the students might not always care so much about putting forth effort to learn English, they were really fantastic. There is much I will miss about Osmaniye. The greenery, the mountains, the agriculture all around; the captivating politics and cultural differences; sticking out as quite possibly the only Western woman for tens of kilometers and therefore often being the focus of stares and all kinds of discussion; the food, the fresh and often fragrant air, the thunderstorms; and last and primarily, the people.

Glorious fields around Osmaniye

Glorious fields around Osmaniye

The city in the distance

The city in the distance

Just lovely

Just lovely

Friends and good food

Friends and good food

Wonderful students

Wonderful students

Great students!

Great students!

The OKÜ campus

The OKÜ campus

Over this past year I have become smitten with Turkey. Though it will be a very different atmosphere, I am excited about my plans to return for another year. I am planning to renew through the Fulbright program and spend the next year teaching at a brand new university, Adana Bilim ve Teknoloji Universitesi (Adana Science and Technology University). Adana, said to be the fourth largest city in Turkey, sitting at around 2 million people, is a modern metropolis with many things to do and much diversity. The climate is hot, but it is a rich agricultural region and home to some of my favorite regional specialties, including but not limited to şalgam, Adana kebab, muzlu süt (banana milk), bici bici, and Șirdan. It will be great.

Sunflower fields around Osmaniye

Sunflower fields around Osmaniye

A street in my neighborhood

A street in my neighborhood

Friends over for dinner

Friends over for dinner

Delightful pastries

Delightful pastries

Hanging produce

Hanging produce

Though I am still working diligently on learning Turkish, I’m happy to be able to incorporate some local colloquialisms into my speech these days. So Osmaniye, Adana, and Turkey, this isn’t goodbye but görüşürük (görüşürüz for those not from the region)! I will see you soon, inşallah.

Waiting at the bus stop

Waiting at the bus stop

Excellent views abound

Excellent views abound

Delicious well-priced fish feasts

Delicious well-priced fish feasts

Downtown Osmaniye

Downtown Osmaniye

all kinds of kebab

all kinds of kebab

Looking out over the university

Looking out over the university

Riding on a local dolmus

Riding on a local dolmus

Cacik (cucumber garlic yogurt) with love

Cacik (cucumber garlic yogurt) with love

Fantastic students

Fantastic students

Olive and citrus groves all around

Olive and citrus groves all around

Playing Okey

Playing Okey

Our Osmaniye team

Our Osmaniye team

Spices for sale

Spices for sale

Good eating

Good eating

The haul from the weekly farmer's market

The haul from the weekly farmer’s market

Always time for Turkish coffee

Always time for Turkish coffee

Awesome wildflowers

Awesome wildflowers

My last class

My last class

Honey smothered yogurt

Honey smothered yogurt

Beautiful spring

Beautiful spring

Turkey!

Turkey!

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