European Tour Day 10 - Thursday, May 22
The Tar Heels spent the morning in Istanbul, taking a boat tour out of the Golden Horn into the Bosphorous River, before heading to Izmir, which is the hometown of senior Ece Taner. The team will spend the remainder of their trip here in Izmir.
IZMIR, Turkey - Today was a very special day for me. We started our day off with an awesome private boat ride across the Bosphorous River in Istanbul. The yali's and the Ciragan Palace seemed to take everyone's breath away. After our short boat trip, we took a stroll around the streets of Sultan Ahmet, and some of the pushy vendors would refer to some of us as Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama to catch our attention. Some of the girls ended up eating at a very small and traditional restaurant that served Turkish cuisine, but I thought it was interesting how everyone at the table ordered a chicken skewer. Overall, our time in Istanbul was well spent. In just a short amount of time, we covered a lot of ground and found some interesting things to take back to America.
After our boat ride, we headed to the airport and departed for my hometown, Izmir. I've been waiting for this day for a very long time and was so excited to have the team in my home. My mom prepared a special dinner for us, which included traditional Turkish dishes. Her cheesecakes were definitely the most popular course!
Following our dinner, we took a walk down Kordon, which is located near the water. I was so happy when everyone came up to me and said how beautiful they thought the city was. Since I became a Tar Heel, I've felt so welcomed and accepted by my team, and today I had a chance to show them the same hospitality. For the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience their perspective, and now for the first time, I was lucky enough to show them mine. I'm so grateful for this opportunity.
Right now, were on the way to Cesme. Tomorrow will be a very busy but exciting day ahead of us!