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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Packing List!

Things to Bring!
·         Passport, ISIC card -- some form of ID
·         International ATM Card - primary source of money
      Cash - just as back up
·         Plug Adapters & Voltage Converter (plug in your American devices over there)
·         Your Paper about your topic
§  Handouts to present
·         Phone (if you have International plans)
·         iPod and headphones - especially for the plane
·         Sunglasses - two pairs, one always breaks
·         Camera
·         Computers - at your own risk, they have internet at the hotels
·         Watch (to keep the time if you don't have a phone)
       Alarm Clock (to wake up, if you don't have a phone)
·         Book for the plane - keep yourself busy for the flight
·         Suitcase with One Carry-On (pack lighter on the way over to leave room for souvenirs on the way back)
·         Cloths for the weather, ( it will be cool to warm)
§  Light jacket with hood-- in case of rain/cold
§  Shirts
§  Shorts, one pair of pants
§  Socks
§  Underwear and bras
·         Shoes, Sneakers, sandals, and flip flops
·         Bathing suit -- hotels might have pools
·         Toiletries:
§  Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Face wash, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste
§  Lotion, Hair products, Hair bands, Razor. *Other personal Hygiene Items
·         Hand Sanitizer (you can never have enough) 
·         Sunscreen and Hat
·         Contacts, glasses, etc.
·         Deodorant  - Prefer no one to smell
·         Medicines (prescribed, over the counter Advil, Tylenol, Nasal, Anti-diarrhea, Stomach Meds)
Money Belt (to carry your stuff around during the day)
Clothes line and Clothespins (Heidi said access to Washers and Dryers will be limited, so not to rely on it)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hasan Isakkut: Music from Turkey

The Kanun
On November 12th, the Elmira College Encore Program featured another one of many acts from around the world, the Hasan Isakkut Ensemble. However, this group just happened to be from Adana, Turkey (which is located near one of the cities that we will be visiting). They are currently based out of New York City. Their performance was unique, and they were able to engage many audience members, some who even began to dance or clap. The quartet composed of a guitar, percussion, bass, and an unusual instrument distinctive of the Turkish culture, the Kanun. The pieces were based strongly on Turkish folk songs, but still, Hasan and the group arranged each selection and incorporated many improvisations to match their style. These songs, which are based heavily on quartertones, Turkish modes, a triplet structure, revealed a piece of Turkey’s history as well. It was a pleasure to see so many students on the trip attend an event that will soon be a part of their everyday culture.