Life seems to be settling down here. Getting into a rhythm of doing things (or not doing them) and things aren’t quite as exciting as they were at first.

Random guys were playing instruments by the sculpture today. It was really fun sounding and kinda interesting to watch. xD

I had errands to run by the carsi (market/shopping area). I had to go up to the phone store to buy Kontor for my phone, and when I came back down this kitty was just like “Hey! Chillen’ on the pillows!” It was really adorable.

I went to the carsi to do some work on my proposal for Dr. D. I had this to eat. Doesn’t it look delicious? Fresh squeezed OJ and an apple…thing. xD

Cars on campus will park ANY WAY THEY CAN FIND ROOM. It’s actually kind of interesting. So in any given parking lot, there are 3 rows of cars. I swear to you, all Turkish drivers are either absolutely crazy or the best drivers that exist. They can get in and out of any and every possible situation in their vehicles. It’s kind of incredible.

~Han

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Just a quick update on my sculpture progress. Pretty happy with how it’s coming out!

~Han

Well sleep last night was a nice change: rather than awakening restlessly half an hour before my alarm, I slept for a lovely 9 hours.

Mustafa and I left to pick up Dr. Cynthia Paces from the airport. Mustafa waited in the car and I inside. However, Cynthia did not get off at 11:05 as she should have. I asked the info desk if they could tell me if Cynthia got on in Istanbul, and they told me to take my handbag to lost luggage. They didn’t understand that I had lost a person rather than a bag! Mustafa came in and we figured out that she was on the next plane! So much for making it to Turkish class today….With Mustafa’s help (he is invaluable) we got her settled in on campus and she came to see my sculpture class.

My professor invited her to see the class. Pita was on the roof again. Cynthia really likd the class and hung out with the professor for a while before going to her first meeting with METU people. I am trying to figure out how to make my sculpture lean forward, but I keep hitting the nail on the support stick when I try.

The bass section of our choir is not very good. They gut-sing everything without any sort of musical influence. I wonder if this push for pure volume without any form of musicality is a masculinity thing. Also, I keep trying to sing with the Altos. Whoops~!

Cynthia and I went to dinner at the place where you weigh the food. It was quite good! We got there at about 8PM and stayed talking and such until around 10PM… I like her a lot. =)

I accidentally dropped my phone in Mustafa’s car today, so I have to go Cankaya tomorrow to pick it up @.@;

~Hannah

So my neighbor, who yelled at me for showering before 10AM a few weeks ago, also gave me a dirty look for trying to shower at noon today. At this point….I couldn’t care less what she thinks. I’m going to shower when I want to. I’m not the one leaving dirty, used dishes in the kitchen for a week plus at a time.

In Sculpture today, I learned I am not really allowed to use my hands to sculpt. I have to beat the clay into place with a stick. Since I’m sculpting a torso, I sometimes feel like I am spanking her!

No one else in the class is doing the torso, and I’m not particularly sure why. Everyone else is doing the man’s head. It’s rather interesting.

Kitty was on the roof again.

The professor got her down.

She’s very sweet, but yowls for attention alllll the time when on the ground as well! We are calling her PITA. I’ll let you guess why.

Whenever I am confident that I can say something in Turkish, the woman at the reception is the only one who can speak English. So when I try to struggle through pronouncing something, she switches to English, haha.

I went to Akife and Mustafa’s for the night tonight. Professor Cynthia Paces is coming tomorrow and needs help getting from the airport to campus. The man at METU that she has been in touch with just isn’t exactly the brightest crayon in the box. So she’s pretty confused.

Akife asked me some very interesting questions tonight about my experience here since I’ve been here for a month. Mustafa and I discussed differences in sociality between home and here, and how learning it makes relating to people in the future so much easier. He also mentioned that since by room is of the more expensive variety, it is likely that the girl is from a higher class and simply expects others to do whatever she wants for her. Which I totally believe.

I discovered these vaguely cheese flavored sticks today that remind me of salty-type pocky. They excite me. And are quite yummy.

I was also informed that I’ve lost weight. I’ve been eating a LOT! But….I’ve also been walking much more than I am used to. That is probably why. =)

~Han

On Sunday I did literally nothing but sit around, eat and study. P:

Monday I had class, and I don’t think I did anything before or after that either.

Today, I had sculpture class in the AM, a Turkish test in the PM, and choir at night. This is the Sculpture building room. We have our own building, and it’s kind of fun! =) I started actually applying clay to my sculpture today, which was awesome. They also removed the leaking bath, so I didn’t have to stand in a puddle of water today ­čśÇ Huge help in keeping warm!!

This is the sculpture I am trying to reproduce for my class P: It’s so relaxing and fun to start working on the sculpture.

I believe the sculpture building was one that just happened to be sitting around un-used here. There is another building that isn’t used, and apparently one was demolished.

After class I got to do a single load of laundry…..that then got locked in the machine. Oy, lol terrible luck!

In choir, we’re learning 2 new songs this month and 1 in April. The other choir did a 4-part version of Bebek that we are going to try to learn. :3 Pretty much it….

~Han

Had to change my sculpture class schedule. Initially was Wednesday 1-5 and Thursday 1-5, but my Turkish professor changed her course so we have an hour on Thursday from 12:30-1:30. Soooo….since Sculpture is completely across campus, I changed to Wed 1-5 and Thurs 9-12. More cold. More kitty. More wet feet. xD; I’ve decided I don’t care about the shirt and sweatshirt I wear to class, it’s getting clay on it. I am also getting a pair of cheap white/gray pants, so you can’t see the clay on them and I can wipe my hands on them! =P And considering trying to find a cheap coat. But the pants should help a lot.

Quiet day overall though. We learned more verb conjugation in Turkish, and how to negate verbs. However………….I did sign up for laundry last night. And I COMPLETED IT! I feel SO accomplished, I have clean pants…so happy lol. There’s only really time in the 3 hours (you sign up for a 2 hour shift, and there’s an hour between yours and the next one) to do 1 load of laundry, maybe 2 if you’re extra super lucky -cough sign up for 8am cough-. But I only have a little for a second load, since I threw my socks in with the darks. Now most of them are a shade of brown but….I really don’t care too much right now. ­čśÇ I have clean clothing. I’m so thrilled. Quite literally, I took a dictionary upstairs with me and looked up almost every word on the machines so I could understand what to do xD; Even then it wasn’t all QUITE right, but that’s okay. Clean clothes. Yum. ÔŁĄ

Saw this and it made me happy, not sure why. Pawprints like that are actually in many places on campus. There was a cat by my dorm when I got back tonight. A guy was trying to pet it but it seemed scared of him. So I called the cat to me and was stroking it, so he could pet it. He started rubbing it like a dog, and being way too rough. I can’t blame the cat for trying to get away. But then he went after it, and grabbed it by the scruff of its neck and took it to some girl. I don’t know why he did that, but it just made me upset. I won’t do that again for another person. I don’t want animals to be treated like that. I feel like the people on campus seem to think animals are just things to be toyed with, they don’t care that it’s a living, breathing creature. It makes me really sad and upset. I think the way animals are treated and thought of here is something I am going to have the most trouble dealing with here.

This sculpture is by the DEVRIM stadium. It was explained to me that it stands for the students who have gotten a CC in their engineering (?) course. Which is somewhere around a 70% to us =P Every professor grades differently though…some of them have a grading scale that truly runs the gamut of 0-100%, which is very interesting and seems to make more sense to me.

Gotta pay my tuition tomorrow…and figure out how I’m going to get the next shot for rabies, not sure what to do there. I have to meet up for the concert at 2PM…we’re probably practicing some, and then we’re going to dinner with the American choir. The concert starts at 7. I hope one of my friends come, I kind of wanted to see if I could get it recorded. We’ll see what happens!

~Han

My sculpture class started today. It runs from 1PM to 5PM on Wednesdays (as well as other hours during the week.) I’m not sure you can call it a “Sculpture class.” It’s more like “sculpting in the freezing cold.” xD We arrived at the ceramics room, where we are assigned to have class, and the entire sculpture side of the room was GONE. It was so strange. So two/three/four/three/two (at various times people left xD) of us students stood around waiting for about a half hour before the professor showed up. He then informed us that the class was moving to a place across campus, really close to my dorm actually. So we start to leave and he takes us to his car.

There were only 4 students so we all crammed into his car. This teensy thing. It was like riding in a clown car, seriously xD

We got to the building and a cat starts meowing. This critter gets up on top of the building and just yowls to be paid attention to! If she is taken down, she just gets back up and does it again!!! She’s absolutely insane. just stands up there. and meows. all.day.long. She’s pretty cute though…

Anyway, turns out we’re the first students to get to use the brandy new sculpture building. It’s really just a really big room with a few dividers for office and storage. We had to clean off (read: scrape the plaster off) all the equipment we were going to use, and then we got to prepare our clay. It is VERY COLD in this building, the professor keeps the door open, opens the window to smoke, there’s no heat, only cold water….and I was standing in the water actually. By the time I left, my socks were compleeeetely soaked through! It was pretty miserably cold. But the professor liked the music on my iPod? I think that’s a good thing. He talked to me afterwards about what it’s like to be somewhere unfamiliar. He’s very nice and understanding…I like him a lot. But he kept saying I should stay longer than 4 months……. xD;

Pretty sure that’s all that happened today…..

~Han