So, I live in Turkey but sadly I am not Turkish. This is such a beautiful country and I have loved learning about the culture and people here.
Over the past months I have been teaching at a very conservative private medical university. My first semester just finally ended and I'm on the "winter break". Yes, it was really weird working during Christmas week, especially because in Turkey they do celebrate Christmas... they just celebrate it on New Year's day. I kept telling people Merry Christmas on the 24th and 25th and I got a lot of weird looks.
Teaching has been really fun for me! In the US I am a nurse and have a background in molecular biology and chemistry. The school originally hired me to teach English, but a week before classes started they somehow found out what I studied and asked me to teach healthcare and genetics classes.
You could say I like adventures. I didn't originally plan to stay and teach in Turkey. I came for about a month, but ended up staying for awhile. I have been missing a few things since I've been here though. I really miss peanut butter, quinoa, and American toothpaste... seriously I don't know why it is so different here it just is and I don't like it.
A weird thing about being here is that I've also realized a dream that I have. Don't laugh! I really want to start a bakery/cafe... one day. I love cooking and baking and I end up making cookies, brownies, and pies whenever I have time and I can't eat it all so I take it to my coworkers who, of course, love it. I even sat down with a friend of mine here and made plans for the cafe. So, pretty much one day I'm going to be famous for having an amazing bakery/cafe.
Other quick stuff to know about me: I love hiking and camping, I am a dancer (mostly swing and blues), I am seriously a complete nerd when it comes to sci fi TV shows, movies and book, and lastly if there were a zombie apocalypse or any other kind of modern-day-end-of-the-world apocalypse I would win ( I know this because I've read many books on the subject!).
Lastly, I do have a testimony of the gospel. I have been a Sunday School teacher for almost 5 years now and I would love to keep the calling forever. I am very thankful for the church and it is amazing to be a part of the branch here in Turkey. I get to share the gospel almost every day. I grew up on the east coast and thought that that was the mission field, it was nothing compared to here.
If you have any questions just ask!