Student Journeys

A field trip to Istanbul with unforgettable memories

Istanbul is a fascinating city that spans two continents and offers a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures. During my recent field trip to this enchanting city, every corner seemed to tell a story of empires, trade routes, and unforgettable experiences.

We stayed in Kadıköy, which is located in the heart of Istanbul’s Asian side and offers a more laid-back atmosphere. It is a vibrant fusion of the past and present, customs and creativity, making it a must-visit location for its rich cultural diversity and energetic attitude. In comparison to its Asian side, Istanbul’s European side is more developed, with major business districts and the city’s economic and historical center located there.

During our first day, we explored the historic district of Sultanahmet with an amazing tour guide. The Hagia Sophia, with its colossal dome and intricate interior, reflects the city’s Byzantine past and is a testament to Istanbul’s ability to bridge diverse cultural narratives. It was a mesmerizing experience to see the seamless blend of Christian and Islamic elements in the bustling Sultanahmet square.

We were fortunate to attend a contemporary politics and development in Turkey workshop hosted by Turkish academics, who delivered insightful lectures and answered our questions. Their efforts enriched our understanding and broadened our perspectives.

Overall, my journey through Istanbul left an indelible mark on me, and I departed with a deep appreciation for my country and city, which serves as a living bridge between cultures and continents. I highly recommend this trip to all upcoming Politics and Development in the Middle East students.

Esra Yorulmaz

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