Wednesday, June 28


Back home after 21 days...
And where do you want me to begin about Turkey?
It has been one big blur with new country, Turkish words (tea-shake-lu-r for thank-you), misperceptions about Deafness, frustrations with interpreters, homesickness, cold and sore throats, Sultan's revenge, and the humidity.
All I can say that I am glad to be back home. Certain elements do ruin my experience but I gotta think the positive things-- which overall Turkey has been wonderful. However I wouldn't be itching to go back anytime soon.

We, the class, have been overwhelmed with visual stimulis and culture shocks, plus the jetlag. We were never given free time or solitude time... we were being constantly marched through 7am to 11pm daily throughout the northwestern portions of Turkey. Nothing worked out, nothing went as planned, and nothing worked! I only got on a computer... three times out of the whole time. Had to use my sidekick (and racked up my bill) to inform C and friends that I am OK, and also use my SK during myhomesickness to rant and rave (especially to vent about the interpreters).

I am worried about commenting about the interpreters because of the possible backlash from either of them. I don't want to deal with them anymore... not even to THINK about them. BUt I know one thing for sure-- I AM SO READY FOR GALLAUDET AND WASHINGTON D.C. where I can talk in ASL and socialize with Deaf and signers and not depend on stupid hearing people who work as so-called "ASL" interpreters for me. I am SO fed up with interpreters. ANY. I didn't like how I had to depend on interpreters... but then I WAS IN TURKEY-- The people were not Deaf-friendly-- They were bewildered that I refuse to SPEAK. When I arrived Dallas Ft Worth Airport (the entry offport for me), I did NOTICE that people responsed positively to me and WORKED With me alone-- if I gestured, they gestured back and HELPED me... NOT WORKING THROUGH THE TERPS! I was SO thrilled. Finally. I DONT NEED INTERPETERS to SURVIVE!

BUT-- I did meet Deaf Turkish people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was only able to catch one person's name out of like seven or six people I bumped into-- (remember, I was being marched throughout the country, with NO time to stop or settle) and I tried my best to read his name which was spelt with Turksih's manual sign ABC (I did study TSL's alphabet before departing to Turkey) and I think that person's name is Uçar Sigard-- THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT AT ESKISEHIR TRAIN STATION!!! Te?ekkürler Uçar!

I really don't know how to talk about my trip. I guess once I get my pictures, I can use them as my springboard to talk about my trip. I am heading down to Target to print my films (and have them converting my pictures into digital pictures!).
Will be back in a matter of hours.
(TURKEY IS NOT A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP FOR CLOTHES. So I might get sidetracked at Target to shop for clothes. Since I had been put off my clothes shopping until Turkey for baragins... oh well. I need clothes. I threw out half of my closet when I moved in with C. It was our agreement that I will save money by shopping in Turkey. Well, it is cheaper here in America! So... I might will FINALLY post pictures tonight at 8pm or so.)

I miss you all BY THE WAY! I just caught up with all blogs I linked and greeted all of my online friends and many more.

PS-- I feel that my English grammar and vocabulary are deteriorating a bit since I haven't REALLY use English (to type or write) and I haven't REALLY use ASL so I have been in a limbo between languages and right now I am out of practice... so PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE WITH ME....

Monday, June 12

A Peep from Turkey

Okay, today's the fifth day and I finally got access to a computer with ENGLISH KEYBOARD! The Turkish keyboard is very confusing-- all keys are in different places. I was typing like a 50-yr-old would-- with ONE finger each hand looking for the key... so not my pace!
I was able to borrow a classmate's iBook to use the wi-fi internet at the Anadolu University. I have been tried to get online for Clifton but it was difficult with 10-hour difference and the limited access to computer. GRR!
We have been to several mosques (there are thousands of them in Istanbul alone), included Blue Mosque. We went to Istanbul Contemporary Art Musuem, calligraphy museum (where we set off an alarm by accident!), Musuem of Muslim and Turkish arts, Basilica Cistern (AMAZING PLACE!), and .... more that I cannot recollect at the moment.
Right now I am in Eskisehir at Anadolu University. So far I have met two Deaf men... and I saw some more Deaf people on-campus who are students. I was told that Turkish Sign Language is "forbidden" in classes and that they use the oral method. A professor at the so-called handicapped college said that there is NO sign language for Turkey and I caught some deaf students making some faces... clearly the sentiment isn't shared between Deaf and Hearing Turkish worlds.
....Will investigate on this out more as I continue my stay at Anadolu University for next two weeks.

Monday, June 5

Hosça kalin !

I am leaving tomorrow at 6pm so I just want to give yall a head-up that this blog might or might not be inactive until June 27th.
I will try to email to blog via my sidekick to keep you all in the loop, and maybe to include one or two pictures. ;-) again, I said I will *try*... no guarantee.
but I want to say:
ENJOY YOURSELF and have a wonderful summer!!

Hosça kalin !