See You Later, United States!

Flying into New York City in June

Flying into New York City in June

I spent the summer in the United States, almost constantly on the go. I enjoy merging my two worlds and sharing details about each place with the other, as well as making new cross-cultural discoveries (Mehmet Efendi Turkish coffee CAN be found in the States!). It has been fantastic, but it’s time to return to my adopted country (with a stop in my OTHER adopted country along the way! More on that later…). I’ll post an overview of my epic road trip in the Western US before too long, perhaps some details about my stay in New York City and North Carolina, and of course something about spending time at home in Oklahoma. But for now, daha sonra Amerika görüşürüz! See you later, United States! Thanks for showing off your beauty, friendliness, comfort, and so many things (and people!) I love.

Mom and I at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Mom and I at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

An all-American (veggie) breakfast in Philadelphia

An all-American (veggie) breakfast in Philadelphia

Flowers for sale at Pike Place Market, Seattle

Flowers for sale at Pike Place Market, Seattle

The Space Needle, Seattle, Washington

The Space Needle, Seattle, Washington

Although one of my LEAST favorite things about the States is the food culture of the average citizen, lovely fresh markets DO exist...

Although one of my LEAST favorite things about the States is the food culture of the average citizen, lovely fresh markets DO exist… (this is at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

Mehmet Efendi Turkish Coffee for sale in NYC

Mehmet Efendi Turkish Coffee for sale in NYC

I will miss the beverage selection available in the US...

I will miss the beverage selection available in the US…

I'll miss the random roadside attractions (though these are not lacking in Turkey in another sense)...

I’ll miss the random roadside attractions (though these are not lacking in Turkey in another sense)…

I'll definitely miss incredible, inspirational, extensive book store selections.

I’ll definitely miss incredible, inspirational, extensive book store selections.

I always miss this cutie, my niece, who is growing up so quickly.

I always miss this cutie, my niece, who is growing up so quickly.

Oh yeah. And I became almost dedicated to iced coffee this summer! I'll miss that being readily available too. (This Philadelphia coffee house is actually owned by a Turkish woman, but that doesn't mean Turkey knows cold brewed coffee.)

Oh yeah. And I became almost dedicated to iced coffee this summer! I’ll miss that being readily available too. (This Philadelphia coffee house is actually owned by a Turkish woman, but that doesn’t mean Turkey knows cold brewed coffee.)

I love the color, creativity, and ambition found in the US. But it does exist in other places, just in other ways.

I love the color, creativity, and ambition found in the US. But it does exist in other places, just in other ways.

Turkey, I’m returning. And I’m looking forward to it!

I am quite at ease while sailing through the clouds, and always try to enjoy the journey.

I am quite at ease while sailing through the clouds, and always try to enjoy the journey.

Of course, the journey is easier to enjoy when you are graced with a row of empty seats on the trans-Atlantic flight!

Of course, the journey is easier to enjoy when one is graced with a row of empty seats on the trans-Atlantic flight!

I always look forward to a glimpse of the line of Turkish flags flying outside the domestic terminal at Ataturk.

I always look forward to a glimpse of the line of Turkish flags flying outside the domestic terminal at Ataturk.

Really, I can hardly wait for a cool glass of frothy ayran!

Really, I can hardly wait for a cool glass of frothy ayran!

And of course, glasses of tea all day every day!

And of course, glasses of tea all day every day!

 

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