A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
If you want to stay away from the cold and gloomy European winter, one of the many great options is to travel to Turkey. I mean, it’s still can be just as cold, but you will be soaked in a different kind of cold and what matters the most is that you will be cold in a totally different surroundings. Turkey is a country that fascinates. Especially when you become bored of seeing the same sceneries all over again: castles, bridges, museums… Turkey will bring to you an entirely new travel experience. I can say that ever since I came here I traveled to a lot of places but till now the only place that I want to go back and will be willing to go back is Turkey. There is so much to see and so much to learn from their interesting cultures and I felt like I would have to stay there more than a week to grasp all the beauties of it. It is quite convenient to travel to Turkey as well, especially for those who have a “not very powerful” passport like I do 😛 All I needed to do was to apply for the visa online here, paid 45$ and pack my bag!
So last summer was my first time to Turkey, I spent one whole week altogether in Istanbul, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. It was really beyond expectations. They say Turkey is the bridge between Europe and Asia, but for me the Asian feel is much stronger, perhaps that was why I was so fascinated by the country. It’s like, home but not home. Living in Europe for a couple of months I was already accustomed to the calmness and serenity of Leiden, and above all the fact that there are not always many people on the street. Then you could imagine Turkey, especially Istanbul, will be such a culture shock. I mean, there are people everywhere! The roads are constantly blocked with loads and loads of cars. And you will hear noise, a lot of noises. Noise of people talking, noise of car horning, noise of street vendors trying to sell things to you, noise of flocks of tourists speaking different languages. And there’s the dust, the heat, the suffocating air. Strange as it may seem, I actually enjoyed all of it. It touched my heart. For a Vietnamese like me, this feels so much like home. So throughout the trip, I was really excited most of the time. It’s been a while, so let’s get down my memory lane with the helps of pictures 🙂 First off, Istanbul!