Umettepe

After a few days in Istanbul, I visited my friends in Izmit. Megan is teaching future English teachers there, at Kocaeli University.

Jónsi – Around Us

It was a hazy day, but the Sea of Marmara is visible in the distance.

It was a hazy day, but the Sea of Marmara is visible in the distance.

The campus is located on Umeteppe, a small mountain known as the “Hill of Hope” that overlooks the Sea of Marmara. A devastating earthquake in 1999 destroyed much of Izmit and killed tens of thousands of people who lived in poorly-built houses.

I vaguely remembered hearing about an earthquake in Turkey long ago, but for me the memory was just in the form of a distant newspaper headline. In Izmit, though, the effects of the disaster could still be seen 12 years later, as they rebuilt the campus with small trees and modern-looking buildings.

Library at Kocaeli Üniversitesi

Library at Kocaeli Üniversitesi

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