Adventures of Tommy

Hello I am Tommy Pham. Welcome to my adventures!

Time is ticking, I apologize again for my long absence. It must have been midway through the year, reflecting back on that month, I had nothing newsworthy to share. I didn’t travel anywhere, no special holidays occurs, my daily routine consisted entirely of school and going home. Living life. My own experiences here have had it’s own ups and downs but it’s fair to say with the last two weeks left, I wish there was more time. I’ve been trying to enjoy the moment, not think about the time left. My own experiences here, I’ve always knew there was a limit, at times it felt like it has been forever, but now, we are comfortable, adjusted, conversational, and now it’s almost time to say good bye. Never again would I have such an experience or opportunity. This post is the thought product of my last hair cut. From the barber who cut my hair for the majority of the year, while I would sit listening to Turkish pop 40, next to the wall with a no smoking sign proudly displayed, the owner would smoke as he would sip his tea and snip away at hair. My last hair cut. Things that were once so new became so ordinary. Things we have become so accustom to. Friends and connections I have made. It was so simple to leave home the first time, but this time leaving home to return back home terrifies me. The change is inevitable, just outside my window the new building now stands just as tall. Once just a single story, and now already built to the twelveth floor. This time it isn’t just a home I am leaving but a years worth of life I’ve lived. What scares me? I don’t know, that it won’t be the same again? To leave? The end? The return? I am sorry for the clutter and confusion of my post, but this is just about how it is right now. View high resolution

Time is ticking, I apologize again for my long absence. It must have been midway through the year, reflecting back on that month, I had nothing newsworthy to share. I didn’t travel anywhere, no special holidays occurs, my daily routine consisted entirely of school and going home. Living life. My own experiences here have had it’s own ups and downs but it’s fair to say with the last two weeks left, I wish there was more time. I’ve been trying to enjoy the moment, not think about the time left. My own experiences here, I’ve always knew there was a limit, at times it felt like it has been forever, but now, we are comfortable, adjusted, conversational, and now it’s almost time to say good bye. Never again would I have such an experience or opportunity. This post is the thought product of my last hair cut. From the barber who cut my hair for the majority of the year, while I would sit listening to Turkish pop 40, next to the wall with a no smoking sign proudly displayed, the owner would smoke as he would sip his tea and snip away at hair. My last hair cut. Things that were once so new became so ordinary. Things we have become so accustom to. Friends and connections I have made. It was so simple to leave home the first time, but this time leaving home to return back home terrifies me. The change is inevitable, just outside my window the new building now stands just as tall. Once just a single story, and now already built to the twelveth floor. This time it isn’t just a home I am leaving but a years worth of life I’ve lived. What scares me? I don’t know, that it won’t be the same again? To leave? The end? The return? I am sorry for the clutter and confusion of my post, but this is just about how it is right now.

January

turkiyes:

January held a lot of change for us here in Turkey. In Kayseri winter ended early, we reached our halfway point, we started a new year, and made new resolutions that had a unique light shed upon them from previous years; how to make the rest of our exchange as fulfilling and memorable as…

turkiyes:

New friends and old friends 

10 Things About Living Abroad: No Turning Back

exchange-students:

1. Freedom. A new sense of freedom. Freedom to do and go as I please. Freedom to travel. Freedom to make choices without a safety net. Freedom to be yourself. (True! I’ve never felt really pressured to stay somewhere because you “have to” because of friends, family,…

A little bit of December: A Third of the Way In!

turkiyes:

Before I knew it our third month in Turkey was here. Along with this realization also came winter, and, unlike my home in California, with it came snow. Living in the city of Kayseri; a place renowned for the presence of Turkey’s highest mountain, Mt. Erciyes (pronounced “Ehr-jee-yes”) and…