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  • Away from the city

  • We drove through the mountains for hours in a big tour bus before we finally arrived at our destination--what seemed like the middle of nowhere in Camlihemsin, Turkey. It was a mountainous region in the northeastern part of Turkey in the Black Sea region. We piled out of the bus, sore…

  • Credit: Malia Stephens
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  • Bubble Blessings

  • I took this photo on Istiklal Street. Istanbul’s largest pedestrian street. All along the street there are people trying to sell you anything they can. I came across this man selling a bubble blower and after several minutes of trying to catch the right moment in the right lighting I shot…

  • Credit: Allison Kam
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  • Balloons

  • I took this picture while I was waiting to board a hot air balloon in Cappadocia. This had been a number 1 on my bucket list for a year and I was thrilled to be there experiencing it with such a great group of people.  We woke up at 5am to…

  • Credit: Allison Kam
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  • Haven

  • I had been chasing the sunset for days trying to get into the city at just the right time and find a spot where the lighting was perfect. On a Wednesday afternoon I scrambled for my metro card and ran to the station to try and get to Taksim before the…

  • Credit: Allison Kam
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  • Lady and the Domes

  • This photo was taken around 5pm on a Thursday afternoon. I was on a rooftop with domes right beside the Grand Bazaar. One of my classmates mentioned the place to me and after an hour of searching I finally found it just in time to watch the sun set. In this…

  • Credit: Allison Kam
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  • The cats who rule the city

  • If you visit Istanbul, the most memorable features are not the breath-taking mosques or beautiful historical palaces. One of the most memorable features are the local street cats that rule the city. You will find them prowling by nearby cafes, running in and out of shops, scampering over the roofs, or…

  • Credit: Malia Stephens
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  • A Woman's Mosque

  • The most distinctive sound in Turkey is the call to prayer. It happens five times a day and because there are more mosques than there are street corners, the cacophony of sounds is incredible and startling, coming from everywhere at once. One week, I ventured to visit Sakirin Mosque, a mosque…

  • Credit: Malia Stephens
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  • The Vendor

  • I lived in Istanbul, Turkey for four months and I still feel like I only able to get a preview of the city. It is such a huge city, home to 14 million people. Often, I would encounter suffocating crowds on the subway and buses as I attempted to navigate the…

  • Credit: Malia Stephens
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  • Take Flight

  • One of the most breathtaking views of Istanbul can be seen at sunset from the unassuming Buyuk Valide Han, which is right next to the extraordinarily popular Grand Bazaar. Right after the sun had set and the blue and yellow light of dusk was drifting away, a flock of birds took…

  • Credit: Sid Gopinath
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  • Dusk Reflections

  • We were lucky enough to see many, many gorgeous sunsets while in Turkey for the Duke in Istanbul program. Whether it was the beautiful view from our campus overlooking the Bosphorus or from our trip to the Black Sea or over the awe-inspiring city of Istanbul, we were very lucky. This…

  • Credit: Sid Gopinath
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  • Perceptions

  • This picture we taken shortly after sunrise as we prepared to take a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey. In the frame, three of my friends pose for a selfie in front of the inflating balloon, while others look on and smile. I sometimes worry that members of our generation seek…

  • Credit: Sid Gopinath
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  • City on the Water

  • Having grown up in Minnesota my whole life, I have never been able to experience what it is like to truly live on the water. But Istanbul is completely different. When we stayed in Istanbul for the semester, we weren't just living in a city that was on the water. Instead,…

  • Credit: Sid Gopinath
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  • Adventure is Out There

  • This picture was taken at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey. On our second week in the country, Duke took us on a gorgeous and enlightening excursion around the country. Our first stop was this rugged, mountainous area. After seeing this massive fleet of hot air balloons rise into the sunrise, we even…

  • Credit: Sid Gopinath
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  • The Ebru Experience

  • This is a picture I took during our Ebru art workshop in Istanbul. Ebru is a traditional style of Turkish art that involves dripping different paints onto water to create a thin film. We then used different time honored techniques to manipulate the thin film of diluted paints floating on the…

  • Credit: Natasha Sakraney
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  • The View from Above

  • Very few places in the world offer hot air balloon rides, but Cappadoccia, a region located in central Turkey, is one of the few! This picture was taken as from that actual hot air balloon after the sun had risen, yet we still could see the moon! As the sun rose,…

  • Credit: Natasha Sakraney
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  • A Cappadocian Sunrise

  • Very few places in the world offer hot air balloon rides, but Cappadoccia, a region located in central Turkey, is one of the few! This picture was taken as I prepared myself for the ride of a lifetime, a sunrise hot air balloon ride above the unique unearthly Cappadocian landscape. Cappadocia…

  • Credit: Natasha Sakraney
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  • New Perspectives

  • During the first couple weeks of the semester we all felt a little lost and we were not quite sure what this semester had in store exactly. Our program director took us on a day trip to the Princess Islands and this trip sparked the fire that quickly became our burning…

  • Credit: Risa Pieters
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  • Foggy Days Wandering Ancient Ruins

  • Enshrouded in fog, the ruins of the ancient city of Pergamon take on a mystical quality. The columns and arches of the ancient Greeks give geometry to the landscape as we wander. I think this piece particularly captures the discipline and the uniformity of the ancient Greek architecture having been weathered…

  • Credit: Natasha Sakraney
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  • Two Worlds Collide

  • Hagia Sophia, the most iconic symbol of worlds colliding and one of the world’s most prominent monuments, captures my abroad experience in Istanbul. It was originally built as a cathedral under the rule of the Byzantine Empire then later converted into a mosque under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The…

  • Credit: Risa Pieters
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  • Beauty Across Borders

  • As I sit on the top of Van Fortress, I see the silhouette of my Duke classmates as they stand on top of the boulders. We spent the evening enjoying local wine and cheese as we watched the sun set over Lake Van from the ancient fortress. We spent the whole…

  • Credit: Risa Pieters
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  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain