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15 Things I Learned in Turkey

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

istanbul at night

Istanbul at night

I spent the last month living in Istanbul, working as much as possible on Art Sumo while enjoying Turkish culture. While my first three days were spent getting scammed by a belly-dancing scheme, receiving food poisoning from a considerate 'wet burger', and below-freezing tempratures, gladly, the rest of the trip was one heck of a lot better. The Turks are incredibly hospitable and eager to show you their country. Although I'm now in sunny and wonderful Granada, Spain - I still miss the craziness of Istanbul and have added it to the list of places to live someday. I would highly recommend a trip, but before you do here are some tips for you.

Istanbul, working as much as possible on Art Sumo while enjoying Turkish culture. While my first 3 days were spent, getting scammed, food poisoning and frostbite, gladly, the rest were one heck of a lot better. The Turks are incredibly hospitable and eager to show you their country. Although, I'm in sunny and wonderful Granada, Spain right now - I still miss the craziness of Istanbul and have added it to the list of places to live someday. I would highly recommend a trip, but before you do here are some tips for you.

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15 Things I Learned in Lebanon

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

Me in Beirut

In early February, while CNN was filled with images of a Lebanese day of rage, claims that Hezbollah had overthrown the government and a fresh travel advisory from the US Department of State urging Americans not to travel to Lebanon, I was in possession of a one-way ticket to Beirut. Should I cancel the trip? Fly somewhere else? Or, suck it up and hope for the best? After a lot of deliberation, research and angry conversations with family, my buddy Devin and I decided to throw caution into the wind and jump on a plane to Beirut.

In stepping off the plane, I had no idea what to expect: would I have the time of my life or end up in a van with a hood on my head? Happily, the former occurred - we both had an amazing time and I would like to share with you some reasons why I think you should plan to visit Lebanon as well. These are some of the things I learned.

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15 Things I learned in Israel

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

For the last month I have been traveling around the middle east. My journey has gone from Lebanon -> Israel -> Turkey. Each place has been really unique and wonderful in its own particular way. As I have gone along, I've found various things interesting, shocking and curious. Below are 15 things that I learned in Israel.

1. Anything that can be put in a pita, should be put in a pita.

2. The right way to eat a pomegranate is through a straw

Making pomegranate juice on the streets of Acca

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Hello. I'm Naysawn, founder of Art Sumo. Art Sumo makes it easier to learn about other cultures and get art in far to reach places. These are some of our thoughts on the art world.