Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cruising the Greenbelt

This afternoon my brother and I took a 20-mile bike ride along the Boise River Greenbelt. Though the weather was constantly changing (hmm, that does remind of Istanbul), it was a beautiful ride. We even came across three deer that were hanging out right by the path. There's more to the potato state than it gets credit for.

1 comment:

Becky Shaffer said...

Hello, I enjoyed your blog...I am also living in Istanbul and doing a research project for my masters thesis on intercultural marriage. I am looking for interested Turkish-American couples can particiapte in an interview. For details check below. If you are interested, you can contact me by email ( Thanks for your time.


I am a master student of sociology at Fatih University, and am currently working on my final thesis. My thesis focuses on communication in intercultural marriages. In particular, I am interested in working with Turkish-American and Turkish-Central Asian couples to better understand the communication styles and strategies used between spouses. In order to do this, I am conducting interviews with several couples.

During the interview, participants will be asked to talk about typical experiences with strangers and family members. Participation will involve a maximum of two interviews (standard - one interview). Those who agree to the study will participate in a joint interview with their spouse. In addition to the interview a short writing activity about a given topic will be administered. Finally a puzzle will be completed by couples.

I myself am involved in an intercultural marriage and have noticed many interesting and sometimes surprising communication strategies in my daily life. These observations have led me to center my thesis on better understanding these strategies. Hopefully, better insight into about the complexities of intercultural communication will help couples to improve their interpersonal communication.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information you can contact Rebecca Shaffer at or respond to this post.


Rebecca Shaffer
Masters student, Department of Sociology
Fatih University