I was then paired with Raghad, a French literature student from Syria living in Istanbul. Since September, we have been meeting for about an hour and a half every week to work on the Paper Airplanes curriculum. We talk about many different things in our sessions, from family to food, and we have grown close. I was excited to work with Raghad, especially because I knew I was going to be visiting Istanbul for Christmas with my mother and wanted to see if it would be possible to meet up in person. As the semester continued and we got closer to my trip, though, I was unsure if we were going to be able to meet, as Raghad had an exams over this period. Ultimately we did organise a time and spent an afternoon together, walking around the Taksim district of the city, drinking coffee and eating Syrian food...one of my favourite cuisines.