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We can’t believe how our friendships have grown over such a short period of time, and it is just too much to bear… (-10)","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":547962,"object_id":"ggcommassist1360022047","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"January 2012: So three of us who are staying the whole year decide to go on a soul-searching journey and board the 36-hour train ride to Eastern Turkey (okay, so this trip may have been in the works for a while). We are shown generous Turkish hospitality by many people we meet on our travels and we learn that life goes on. (+10)","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":547964,"object_id":"ggcommassist1360022057","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"January 2012: While my two travel mates go off on another trip, I am (cash-strapped and) back in Istanbul to study intensive Turkish before second semester. Once again, I am the sole resident in the dorm building and a severe snow storm hits the city, shutting down bus services and confining me to my cold, cold, dorm room. (-8)","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":547960,"object_id":"ggcommassist1360022067","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"February 2012: A new semester begins and I am enthralled to be back in the company of others. My friends and I have found an apartment in the town centre and are excited to explore life in the ‘real’ Istanbul. But first, we have to run from place to place to set up our own bills for electricity, gas, water, and Internet. 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I have neglected to read the fine print on the website and understand what they mean when they say this about cheap flights: “they get you in the add-on charges…” (-9)","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":547970,"object_id":"ggcommassist1360022130","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"July2012: The suitcase fiasco is resolved when my roommates come to the rescue and pick up my suitcase from the airport to ship it to my address directly. Once again, I am reminded of what good friends I’ve made and now gainfully employed for the summer, I can focus on reminiscing about my year abroad and how every moment was worth it, through all the highs and the lows. 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