Istanbul has a sort of mysticism and old world charm throughout its streets. We had been in Asia for the past 5 months, and we could remember a sort of feeling as we drove through the city to our Airbnb of, “This is it. This is Europe.” Centuries-old minarets towered above buildings as the Bosphorus churned beneath old bridges.
Its been really rewarding taking some refresher classes in French. I used to take mandatory classes up to grade 10, but stopped. It wasn’t until I was in University that I think I found a true appreciation for learning multiple languages. My father’s background is Portuguese. He was born there, but moved to Canada when he was a boy. His mother – my grandmother also speaks fluent Portuguese, so I’m going to learn that next.