One of the biggest alumni reunions of recent years took place in Turkey in July, with the attendance of 90 alumni plus their families. Over the course of the week, spent partly in Istanbul and then in the resort town of Bodrum on the Aegean coast, alumni from the early '80s caught up with each other for a truly remarkable TASIS vacation. Alumni flew in from all over the world, many making the journey from as far away as California. It seems that jet lag was not an issue as they renewed acquaintance with their TASIS friends, and partied the nights away till the early hours of the morning.
For those that were in Turkey for the first time, it was a chance to discover this alluring and fascinating land which has a foot in both Europe and Asia. Trips included some of the main historical sights in Istanbul such as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, and the Grand Bazaar (where at least some of the alumni haggled with the vendors!), as well as a Bosphorus cruise with dinner on the waterside. Ferit Şahenk ’83 enjoyed subbing as DJ in the disco – especially at the '80s Retro Party.
While traveling and lodging with TASIS classmates may have reminded the participants of being on a big In-Pro travel trip, no TASIS in-pro was ever quite as comfortable and well-organized as this. We’d like to send a big thank you to Ferit and his wife Dianne for coming up with the idea and hosting this reunion; and a very special thank you goes out to his staff for their wonderful assistance throughout the week. We’re delighted that Ebru Büyüksahin ’98 was on board to help coordinate everything.
Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations