My semester in the Middle East was full of new friendships, unbelievable experiences, and personal growth. Some of my favorite moments were of the Type 2 Funny variety, which means awkward or embarrassing in the moment but hilarious to look back on. For example, this picture shows a group of my friends riding bikes on Princes' Islands off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After I took their picture, a fellow tourist asked one of my friends to take his picture. As soon as she turned her back on her rental bike to take the photo, her bike teetered and fell into the water. We watched with horror and then burst into laughter as the other tourists jumped into the water to salvage the bike.

~ Monica Scigliano

George Fox University, MESP Spring 2013