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Crossroads of Culture: Experiencing Istanbul & Aegean Turkey

Twenty-five students and four chaperones had a life-changing experience over the summer during the course of our three weeks in Turkey. Over three intensive days during Winterim, students prepared for the trip by studying Turkish history and the language, reading extensively, and researching individual sites and cultural topics. They were very well prepared for the adventure. All of the chaperones were struck by the students’ intense interest in all aspects of the trip, even as the thermometer soared to 127 degrees. We could have not have traveled with a more pleasant and positive group of students.

The group explored Istanbul, and the Aegean and southern Mediterranean coasts for three weeks in late June and early July. The itinerary included Ephesus, Bodrun, Troy, Gallipoli, and down the coast to Kos, plus visits with a former member of Parliament, an Islamic scholar, an Armenian priest, and students at Robert College. Highlights were tea at a home overlooking the Bosporous, three days in homestays with students from The Hisar School, snorkeling near a sunken city, and swimming at a loggerhead turtle sanctuary.

The group in front of the Ephesus Library