Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pics or it Didn't Happen...

Oh but it did! I promised you all some pictures from my trip to Turkey and I shall deliver! It really was an amazing experience and all the places we went were so cool and so beautiful. Its a great country to visit really I highly recommend anyone to visit Turkey at least once.

This is the biggest mosque in Ankara (Turkey's capital city). There's a full-blow supermarket underneath it was crazy.

The beautiful view from the ancient city of Hattusas.

I'm clearly a Hittite warrior.

100% natural calcium rock formation at Pamukkale.

The amphitheater at Hierapolis. This entire structure was buried until archaeologists discovered it and dug it up.

The beautiful ancient city of Ephesus <3

The library of Ephesus; the second greatest library of the ancient world.

The ancient city of Troy!!

The Trojan Horse from the movie, Troy :P

Inside of a caravan where silk road merchants would stay for the night. Tell me I'm not the only one who thought of Moria.

On top of what I believe was a church in the center of the caravan.

Christian place of isolation carve into the rock in Cappadocia.

Famous faerie chimneys of Cappadocia.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

Inside the Blue Mosque :)

The Aya Sofia - originally a Christian church and then converted into a mosque. It is now a museum.

Inside the Aya Sofia. This was one of my favorite sites of the trip. Since it was a mosque converted from a church, it is decorated with a mix of Christian and Muslim tradition and the two come together so beautifully. I can only imagine how different our world might look if the people of the two faiths could do the same.

I took over 1000 pictures on this trip so I've only shared a few high lights. It really was amazing and I had never been out of the country before so it was so exciting for me to get out and do something like that.

I'm working on returning to a normal blog schedule I just haven't decided what exactly that schedule will be so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I Breath Fiction

This is a post I made on Tumblr a few months ago and I decided it was fitting to be shared here as well:

Do you ever find something - a character in a book, a television show, anything - and find that it resonates you on such a level that it becomes a part of you and how you identify yourself?

I am an avid reader and a Netflix addict, and what these two things have in common is that they provide me not only ways of escaping reality, but new and better ways of interacting with reality.

They are my safe-havens because they allow me to interact with characters and concepts without fearing I’m being judged - something I personally struggle with.

They are a constant; something I can always turn to without fail or risk of being abandoned.

They are reflections of struggles and reminders of triumph. I may not have gone to Hell and back again like Dean Winchester, but he is a reminder that I can conquer my own demons.

They are reminders to love and forgive myself. I see how deeply Dean despises himself, how desperately The Doctor tries to run from everything he cannot forgive himself for; I constantly wish so badly to grab them by the shoulders and shake them and make them see all the amazing things they have done, all the people they have saved, all the reasons the universe is a better place because of them. When nights of self-loathing begin to close in they remind me that just because I can’t always see the things that make me amazing doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

They are reminders of just how valuable friends who truly understand and appreciate you are, regardless of how few they may be in number; consider where John and Sherlock would be if they had never found each other, or how badly the Doctor needs his companions and how carefully he selects them.

I have been laughed at and told that internalizing fiction to such an extent is unhealthy; I respectfully disagree. I know for a fact that I would not be the person I am if it were not for the beautiful things I identify myself with, and I am rather proud of who I am. As an aspiring writer, I hope I can one day create something that others identify with on such a deep level as I do my select few obsessions, and that it may help them the way mine do me.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm Sorry...I'm So Sorry

I have been such a TERRIBLE little blogger. I said I was coming back and then nothing. Again, so terribly dreadfully sorry. I know its going to take a lot of work to get this blog back to where it was and I'm hoping you will forgive me and we can be friends again. Pretty please?

"What the hell happened to you!?" you might ask.

Welp, last semester was honestly terrible. I was so much busier than I was expecting. I ended up with 17 credits, 3 SWS classes (which means papers and lots of them) and I was trying to pass my last required semester of Japanese (which I did though I admit I'm not sure exactly how) and then I had work and was really crazy and stressful and I'm glad to be rid of it.

"But the semester ended in April, Katie. Its June. What's your excuse now, huh?!"

Okay so this excuse is a good one. I spent the Spring semester studying abroad in Ankara, Turkey. I had hoped to update this throughout the trip but
A. My macbook crapped out on me the day we got there and that was that.
B. I was so busy with class work that I legit went to class did homework and slept for most of the trip.
C. On the weekends when we didn't have class we were traveling around Turkey to all its lovely historical sites.

However, in order to make up for this awful absence of mine, I hope you will accept some absolutely beautiful photos I brought home with me.

....Okay so Facebook just hardcore crashed and I really want to get this posted so I will be making a separate post with some pictures from my trip to share with you all!