This Valentine's day, my date was Turkish food. This vlog explains some of the best dishes I've had since I arrived in Istanbul.
Thank you to all of my friends for being in and helping out with this video (and for splitting lots of food with me).
Hope you enjoyed! Afiyet olsun (Bon Appetit).
I am originally from beautiful Boulder, Colorado, but I am currently a junior at the University of Rochester double-majoring in Film and Honors Anthropology. While growing up, I lived in Shanghai for three years, but I have never been to anywhere in the Middle East before - a fact which I am very much looking forward to changing. I love exploring different cultures, making movies, eating delicious food, and being outside. While in Istanbul, I intend to extensively taste-test Turkish food, delve into the city and culture, and learn what it is like to go to a local university. I honestly have no idea what my future job will be, but I am passionate about eliminating institutional discrimination and hope to one day change the world for the better in some way.
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