South of Russia, North of Iran

Istanbul is a glorious city. There is stunning architecture, great food, tons of culture; it’s cosmopolitan and “authentic” (I hate this word, but can’t think of another one at the moment) at the same time. 

I had a lot of amazing moments there, the chief being my emotional visit to Sultanahmet Mosque. When I first started college I wanted to be a lawyer; I was hell-bent on going in, getting top grades, and going to some fancy law school. But then in my second semester I took a course about Islamic art and architecture. I needed to fulfill my creative arts requirement and it seemed like a good option on account of my Moroccan heritage. It was love at first sight. Not only was it a great class because of the structure, the reading, and the awesome lectures, but also because it went beyond the task of talking about art…

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