Big thanks to everyone who gave me advice on my last post. Because of you (as well as several people on travel sites and the fact that plane tickets get expensive fairly quickly), today I booked a ticket to Istanbul for my break at the end of October. I will not be telling my mother right away, although my sister tells me that my parents "are accepting that they can't control me". And also that they think they only reason anyone goes to Amsterdam is for drugs. (Mom to me on gchat as I'm talking to my sister: "Amsterdam sounds stupid.")

Whatever, parents. It's better to have a child who rebels by travelling to awesome places than one who, like, drops out of school and does heroin. Or one who becomes a Republican.