So to follow up with my last post in which I described how I was doing some boring data entry stuff, I have a much more exciting post this time! The executive director of Niagara Foundation here in Chicago walked into my office on 3/6 and tells me that they appreciate the work I’ve been doing for them and ask if I want to go on the next trip to Turkey that they have planned for ten days. Of course I said yes, and by 3/9 I was on the plane. I’m glad I already had a passport! It was an amazing trip and they brought James Meeks an Illinois State Senator as well as Jack Franks an Illinois State House Rep. as well as a few other lobbyists and other business people. We went to Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, and Bursa, all in ten days! We had multiple meetings with government agencies and we were able to watch one of the prime minister’s addresses in parliament, and got to meet him afterwards. A bunch of the media cameras following the event swarmed us and taped us, but unfortunately I was unable to find the footage on Turkish TV.
Either way it was an awesome experience! I can’t wait to go back there with you guys next year! Hope all of your internships are going well and you are having as much fun as me. You can check out all my pictures from the trip on my Facebook if you want.