Saturday, December 12, 2009

harika turns one

Turkish coffee cake with candle, celebrating Harika's one year anniversary and my move to Istanbul.
I was sitting on the bare wooden floor of my empty apartment in San Francisco, hitting "publish post" for the first time on my new blog, bags packed, waiting for the airport shuttle to carry me away to my new life in Istanbul.

One year. I can't believe how quickly it flew by— I still don't quite believe I've done it. Tomorrow marks my first day here.

Looking back over my posts, I can't help but marvel at all the things I've been lucky to see and do. While I miss my beloved San Francisco— my friends, trapeze class, and my beautiful apartment, I am thankful to have met a wonderful new set of friends, to have travelled so much this year, and to be closer to my sisters.

To celebrate this massive life shift, I played mad scientist in the kitchen and baked a batch of mini Turkish coffee cakes. I mixed up a mess of sugar, butter, flour and eggs, with Turkish coffee, cloves, vanilla and cinnamon, hoping something delicious would come of it. Baking is not my forté, but I guess this was my day— it's really not bad!

Happy anniversary, my dear friends. Thank you for your support and kind words over the past year. What began as a simple little project to keep me connected with my SF crew, turned into something so much more.

13 comments:

Ea Ejersbo said...

Happy anniversary to Harika, and thank you for sharing you wonderful adventure with us Samantha :)

szaza said...

Thanks so much, Ea! I'm happy to have you along with me :)

Istanbul Diary said...

nice harikalı yıllara harika!

Jen said...

Happy anniversary! Your post brings back memories for me too... can't believe I'm coming up on year two in January.

Balaji said...

Happy anniversary to Harika.
Your posts are very interesting. I hope you keep them coming frequently and for a very long time.

szaza said...

Çok teşekkürler Fatih!

Thanks Jen, it's funny how time flies by in the 'Bul.

Thank you Balaji– I'll try to keep them coming!

Anna Denise said...

Happy anniversary!!! So exiting! Can't believe it's been a year already. I've been in Brussels for six months now too, time just goes so fast.

I love your website and I hope you'll continue to share with us!

BELLASTELLAGIRL said...

Happy birthday!

I only know you through your blog, but love logging on to see how you are as you are a natural story-teller. Thank you for sharing with us.

szaza said...

Thank you so much Anna Denise and Bella!

Jaime Lynn said...

I am not sure how I stumbled upon your blog over a year ago, but I visit it often and love it!

szaza said...

Well I'm glad you found it :)
Thanks so much, Jamie Lynn.

redrock said...

I am glad I found your website. Keep up the wonderful work; photos, sketches and the most beautiful visions that you paint with your words.

szaza said...

Thank you truly, Charlie.