The following post is written by Grace Burris, 2014 Summer Turkish Overseas Flagship student on her experience in Turkey so far.
After meeting my host family, my host mom made it very clear that this is my home and to treat it like my home. We live in a small apartment about two and a half miles from my school. I have my own room and bathroom. My parents and host brother all work, so we eat breakfast separately during the week, but on the weekends we make a big Turkish brunch. My family eats dinner pretty late, anywhere from 8:00-10:00 pm. If I am home, I usually help my host dad make what he calls “Kaan Babası Salat” which is Papa Kaan’s salad. After getting to Turkey, it took about a week to adjust to Turkish food. It has a lot more oil (olive oil) than what I am used to, but now, I find myself craving Papa Kaan’s Salad and other dishes my host mom makes often.
I really enjoy the experience of living with a host family. It’s nice to be able to chat with my host parents or ask a question from my homework. I come from a big family, so I really enjoy the company while I’m home. I even taught my family how to play Spoons and they love it! Since the World Cup has been going on, I have been watching the games (in Turkish) with my family and have been picking up Turkish soccer lingo. One of the things I most excited about is going to Bodrum with my family. They generously invited me along to go to their vacation home. I can’t wait to take a couple days off and relax at the beach.”