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Activities and Itinerary


In addition to two, 3 credit hour courses (see Courses and Course Credit) and conversational Turkish tutorials, participants will visit every site of major importance in Istanbul, along with less frequently visited sites; participants will also partake in hands-on activities and hear guest lectures from renowned experts such as:

• Turkish Cooking Class

• Tea and conversation with practicing Sufis

• Lecture on Turkish carpets

• Sema ceremony at Mevlevi Monastery

• Attend a concert in Istanbul

Mercan Dede concert at the Church of St. Eirene in celebration of Mevlana (Rumi)

Eveline and her head chef demonstrate traditional Turkish cooking methods and recipes. Afterwards, we all feast on the meal we helped prepare.

Eveline, with SIUE student Mindy Young's help, puts the finishing touch on dessert!


Click the following link to see the tentative Itinerary for the 2010 program. Future programs will be similar to this itinerary, though there may be slight differences depending on the availability of activities, performances, and sites (e.g., sometimes a site is closed for restoration).

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