Hello! My name is Meagan. Some of you may already know me if you are a Circle+Bloom partner since I help work with our wonderful affiliates and partners. If not–hi! It’s nice to ‘meet’ you 🙂 I also do some of the blog writing here. I’m going to take advantage of that and use this post to share a little with you about a recent trip I went on.
I just got back from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey (my first voyage across the Atlantic!) After over 10 hours of flying I felt like I had traveled to a different world, and the city is certainly different from my hometown of Boston, as well as my current residence of Washington, DC. More surprising than the differences, however, were the many similarities I saw. Here are just a few.
1. People love good food and drinks.
The food and drinks might be different (doner kebabs and turkish coffee in Istanbul’s case) but just about anywhere people like sitting down to a great meal with their friends and family. [Side note–fresh squeezed pomegranate juice is amazing and it might be the thing I’m going to miss most about Istanbul!]
2. History brings people together.
While the Freedom Trail in Boston and the National Monuments in DC are much much younger than sites like the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque and the Ayasofya, sites that tell a story about our past are always a draw for people. (One huge realization related to this is just how young the United States is. The First Great Church in Istanbul, the predecessor to the Ayasofya, was built in the year 360!)
3. Getting be out in nature is a shared joy.
I was struck by the similarity between the views of families and friends walking along the Bosphorus and enjoying the sun in the numerous parks along the water with views of people running and strolling along the Charles River in Boston and the Tidal Basin in DC. Give people some sunshine and a green space and it’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll see smiles, no matter where you are.
The world is a big place, but when you see how much we all hold in common it doesn’t seem quite so big as before. I hope one day I’ll get to go back to Istanbul. There is so much to see and experience and I only got to scratch the surface while I was there.
So, where have your travels brought you, and have you noticed any similarities or differences between where you’re from and where you visited?