Nov 8, 2009

The Istanbul List

When I lived in Korea I wrote a Day in the Life blog about a typical 24 hours in the expat life. Since I love me some lists, I thought I'd give'r another go. Here's my version of Istanbul, by numbers.

Number of minarets (tall, turret-like spires) on your average Istanbul mosque: 2

Number of minarets I count on my morning commute in a bored car game played with myself : 28

Hours spent on a daily commute: 1.5

Celebrities I resemble physically, according to my students: Robin from How I Met Your Mother, Hannah Montana, pre-pubescent Hermione from the Harry Potter films

Cups of tea consumed: 2

Cups of tea consumed by an average Turk: 5, apparently!

Variations on the command "be quiet" that I've learned in Turkish: 3 (ranging from pleading to crass)

Variations that I've used in the classroom: 3 (the crass one was an accident)

Portions of white carbs in the school cafeteria lunch: 3

English songs that are the object of my students' obsession: two this week; Aqua's Barbie Girl and Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling

Number of days it took me to learn never to mention football in class: 2

Average duration of classwide cheering/booing when I mention a local football team: 30 seconds

Number of fruits I didn't expect to see in Turkey: 2; persimmon (I thought that was East Asian) and okra (I thought that was cajun!)

Best street food ever: baked potatoes the size of a rugby ball, stuffed with butter and salad

Number of Istanbul institutions named "Bum": 2; an electronics shop and a bakery. Hehehehe....

People on my street with whom I'm on a small-talk basis: 7

Number of Turkish words in my small-talk vocabulary: pitiful

Most underrated form of Turkish art: illuminated book bindings. Seriously. I'd hang them on my walls.

Preferred speed of taxi drivers: Formula 1

Number of cats in my apartment building's backyard: 7

Number of roosters: 1

1 comment:

  1. Sweet. You should submit this to the Traveler's Notebook: