Aidan related how after flying for hours on end, a layover in Amsterdam, and a connecting flight from İstanbul to İzmir, the host family greeting him was not the same one he had been communicating with since August. Aidan explained that he “just walked out of baggage claim, and there was this person that I didn't recognize with a sign that said my name on it. And then there was a lady holding a baby, and other people, and I was really confused.”
He says that he really wants “to learn Turkish, to have somewhat of a personality to all of the people who don't speak English. I'm a person who only lives through my translator, sometimes I can't explain it all.” He is also hoping that his schedule will allow for more extensive travel, as he has greatly enjoyed what he has been able to do so far.
At school, he has to juggle the monumental task of learning a new language with a surprising number of classes, “I have like fifteen classes. Let's see, there's Geometry, Algebra II, Physics, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Turkish Literature, Turkish Language, German, Spanish, English, Music, a different music, I think that's it, it's a lot.”
Read more about his school, expectations, and more in the full transcript here.
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