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Istanbul Adventures IX: Random Act of Kindness

The Galata Tower, or Christea Turris in Turkish, is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata District in Istanbul. Locals gather, in the evenings, in the courtyard surrounding the tower and socialize, drink, and play tavla. Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 30, 2011

It was nearly 10 p.m. I had gone to call on my multimedia teacher and his wife, at their apartment in Galata, seeking advice regarding the status my assignment. I was feeling completely overwhelmed and I knew my teacher could put my mind at ease. After a bus, tram and a bit of a walk, I arrived at the...

Istanbul Adventures VIII: Pride Parade

Kat Russell

November 23, 2011

Protests in Istanbul are an almost weekly occurrence. Whether it’s student protests, Kurdish protests, or workers’ unions, the people in Istanbul are not afraid to use their voices and are often dead set on making sure they are heard. Demonstrations almost always start or end in Taksim Square - the center of modern Istanbul – making the square symbolic of challenging social an...

Istanbul Adventures VII: Redefining Home

View of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historical district, from a ferry crossing the Boshphorus. Istanbul is the only city in the world that resides in two continents - Asia and Europe. Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 16, 2011

I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life, but it has never felt like my home. I’ve never really felt like I belonged here or like I was meant to be here. I have always felt a little lost or out of place. In fact, the only times that I have ever really felt at home were when I was traveling. ...

Istanbul Adventures VI: Call to Prayer

Two muslim women stand on the bank of the bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country - approximately 99 percent. Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 8, 2011

It was 5:32am, on my first morning in Istanbul, when I was awakened by the loud crackle of a speaker. My hotel room was still shrouded in nighttime darkness. I rolled over, assuming what I had heard must have been the rickety air-conditioner, and invited sleep to return. Moments later the speaker crackled again, this time followed by a voice. It started as a low wail,...

Istanbul Adventures V: A Pantomime in Istanbul

Janset Karavin is a pantomime performer who performs on the streets in Istanbul. She also teaches pantomime lessons, writes novels, hosts a radio show, and makes puppets. Photo Credit: Kat Russell

Kat Russell

November 2, 2011

Before I arrived in Istanbul, I had never done any sort of multimedia work. I am a photographer plain and simple. The idea of shooting video has never appealed to me. But as a journalist, being able to write, photograph, and produce multimedia pieces could make me more marketable, so I knew I wanted to tr...

Istanbul Adventures III: New student, new school

Students and instructors of ieiMedia's The Istanbul Project. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tammy Foster / Brent Foster Photography

Kat Russell

October 4, 2011

Four days into my trip to Istanbul, and it was time for my study-abroad program to begin. My classmate Liv, whom I met on my first day due to us staying in the same hotel, loaded our things into a van and made our way to the dorms that were to be our new home for the next month. We were to share the dorms with 12 other girls, ranging in age from ...

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