The Country between Two Worlds

This past Summer, my family and I went on a trip to Turkey along with a group of others traveling with Qalam Institute. It was the most awe-inspiring and stunning place I have ever been. It was a beautiful fusion of Western and Eastern worlds that melted into one culture-rich and unforgettable destination. Turkey’s alluring history and captivating architecture boggles the mind with its triumphs and tragedies as well as its intricate design and passionate artwork. Hearing the surround-sound Azaan playing when it’s prayer time makes you feel like you are in a different world, and on almost every corner there are breathtakingly gorgeous and unique mosques. What was really nice about that was that we prayed each prayer in various mosques that were equally beautiful in their grandeur and architecture. The roads are crowded and chaotic, and the cars and busses don’t stop for anyone, but the rush of the people and the sounds of the city and the colors of the Turkish-style buildings and bazaars define the compelling urban environment of Istanbul. But in other areas, there could not be a more lush and green landscape. In the mountains far from the city, trees and streams blanket the infinite slopes. One time, our tour bus made a treacherous trip up the steep mountain side on the outskirts of a city called Akçakoca. Then we hiked a while on the side of the mountain to find a waterfall. The sounds of the water gushing from the top down into a pool resonated all around us. The historical aspect of Turkey amazes me the most. My passion for history, especially about Asia/The Middle East, was ignited when our group visited Bursa, the old capital of the OTTOMAN EMPIRE. I was geeking out the whole time. We visited tombs of past sultans, warriors, and caliphas. Also, In Istanbul we visited the well-known Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque which were out of this world. I am so incredibly thankful I had the opportunity to go on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. So in conclusion, you should go to Turkey because it’s GREAT!!!!! Enjoy the pictures I took there! I also made a short video about my trip. here is the link: