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Chinese New Year in Turkey

For the Chinese New Year, I traveled to the country of Turkey with one of my best friends Mike Dawson, who taught at Tun Yu School a long time ago. He is a great person to travel with because he is friendly and knowledgeable about what we were seeing and doing. We went to the cities of Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus.

The inside of the Hagia Sophia.

In Istanbul, I went to the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest buildings in the world, built almost 2000 years ago. It was built as a church in 536 but was then turned into a mosque and finally turned into a museum which it is today. The outside of the building is quite dull but inside was stunning with mosaics, or pictures made from gold and silver, showing religious images along with historical ones.

After Istanbul, I went to Cappadocia, a desert-like area in the central part of the country. It is famous for where the movie Star Wars was filmed. It is also famous for balloon riding. It can be scary if you are afraid of heights but it is also peaceful and calming. Below is a short video to give you an idea of how it as:

Finally, I went to the ancient city of Ephesus along the coast. It was once one of the greatest cities in the world over 2500 years ago. One of the most impressive structures is the Library of Celsus. The main library was destroyed in an earthquake leaving only the outside of the library. To me, it was beautiful but also crowded with a lot of tourists from China, and other countries around the world.

Library of Celsus

My trip was amazing and hope to go back. What do you think of this trip, please comment below.  

For Homework: What did you do for the Chinese New Year? Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you go with? How was it (exciting, thrilling, enthralling)? If you stayed at home, how could it have been better? If you write it out please use BLACK pen and write your WeChat ID at the top of the page. Remember to double space. It is due by 12 pm tomorrow. Send the picture of your writing to dallasksanders at WeChat.

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