Ever since I first heard about the thirty-three year old lady from New York who was missing in Istanbul, I have been sending reiki and praying that she be found alive and unharmed. How scary that she was supposed to have been on a flight the day after I left and she never made it home. How crazy that she was also traveling alone and is just one year older than me!
Really, what is SUPER creepy is that I had an extremely bad dream not long before I left Istanbul. In my dream, someone said, “Something REALLY bad is going to happen.” Although I did not know exactly what message my dream was trying to tell me, I started to get more and more bad feelings and signs after that dream. This made me begin to question whether or not I belonged there, and it was just a matter of days until everything lined up so that I left Turkey.
Even though I had been aware of many of the cultural differences and risks, I had really thought that I would be safe there. Although I had truly believed that it was more European and open-minded, the vibe there was much different than what I had imagined prior to my arrival. After traveling so much by myself, I was surprised to feel fear and to feel much less than secure when walking around, especially at night by myself. My heart goes out to the family of the missing woman that they found dead this past weekend. In addition to this tragedy, the US Embassy in Turkey was recently bombed, and I am quite glad that I got out of there when I did!