CULTURE has countless meanings, depending on where you are standing at the moment. Here, in my home in the U.S., I (love to) think of something ‘other’…international…different from ‘American Culture‘.
So, in photos I have chosen to show one of my favorite cities…Istanbul…with a culture all its own…different, even, from surrounding countries because of its unique geographical position straddling two continents…part of the city in Europe, part in Asia, across the Bosphorus.
Istanbul is a striking study of East meets West…centuries-old iconic structures and mosques…
schoolchildren in uniform with iPod buds in their ears…and my favorite moment that I was too slow to capture…a burka-clad young woman on a moped!
I am reminded that culture is often perceived (at least in my working experience) as something that Other people have.
As a study abroad advisor for a local university preparing college students for a semester abroad, at one pre-departure meeting I reversed the focus to talk about American culture. The students, all going overseas for the first time, didn’t quite understand, believing that culture was something you discovered in another country…accompanied by a different language. I was further guffawed off the stage when I told them that there are even cultural differences between English-speaking countries.
Although they found it hard to believe at the time, they learned quickly that Culture is something you carry with you, wherever you go.