Day 5: US Embassy Visit, TED School, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

by ggonzalez

On Friday the group had a bit of a later start, but then a packed day. We began with a visit to the US Embassy, where we met with two foreign service officers. Unfortunately, we have no pictures from this visit because of the tight security, but it was certainly interesting to hear the perspectives of American ambassadors regarding what they perceive as the pressing issues in Turkey. Our students asked and answered questions of the officers, and we were complimented as being more aware of the country than a group of select college students who recently visited.

Following this visit, we were welcomed at the TED school in Ankara, an impressive compound, where we were able to sit in on a class. The school was in their last day before break, so some feelings of anticipation were certainly in the air, but we were nonetheless warmly received.

Pictures can be seen on the TED school’s website.

We ended our day on a different note, visiting the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, and getting some background on the ancient history of the region before our visit tomorrow to Hattusa, the capital city of the Hittite empire.

“Something I don’t want to leave Turkey without doing is seeing ruins. I am interested in such, as the caves in Cappadocia or the ruins of Troy. Certain periods of history have alway interested me and to be where they actually took place has always been a goal of mine. Being in Turkey is going to help me fulfill this dream that I have.”

- Jasida Matias

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