Toasts and Singing
—by Eleanor Hofstedt, Chi Alpha/Tufts U
Chi Omega Sisters Explore Legendary Turkey
The Chi Omega Travel trip to Turkey was filled with rich
history, breathtaking sites, and delicious food. As a collegiate
member at Tufts U, this trip gave me the chance to
not only explore a new part of the world, but also to know
my Sisters from all across the United States.
Istanbul is a modern metropolis that retains the beauty
of the past. With a wonderful and knowledgeable guide,
our group of 20 toured mosques and palaces, sailed down
the Bosporus, and took in the sights and sounds of the
bustling Grand Bazaar. We drove down the western coast
of Turkey, along the stunning Aegean and Mediterranean
seas. The drive featured ancient sites and ruins not to be
missed by world travelers and history buffs like me.
We hopped aboard a “gulet” and sailed the Aegean for
four days. Cozy accommodations, home-cooked Turkish
cuisine, and swimming in the bright blue waters allowed
Sisters to become better acquainted in a beautiful setting.
For those able to stay for the optional three-day extension,
we explored Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey
with a unique landscape and ancient underground cities
carved from the soft volcanic stone. We also had a hot air
balloon ride at sunrise, taking in magnificent views of
Cappadocia and the sky dotted with dozens of other hot
With hundreds of pictures, a newfound love for baklava,
and many memories, I left Turkey with an ardent wish to
return as soon as possible. I am lucky to have experienced
this trip as a collegiate member, for now I have many Chi
Omega trips to look forward to as an alumna.