I just wanted to say how much this forum helped me. I fell head over heels for a Turkish girl recently and I've read all of the comments here. I am soon flying to Istanbul to volunteer for 6 months at a handicap school for children, so that I will have a job while i am there teaching music. But as important as that is and fulfilling, I will be able to see her and she will be only 45 minutes away. If you need help getting there, I dont want you to have to wait longer than you need to. If I can help anyway, just ask friend.
Also, her father knows of her dreams to one day study in America and supports her. And she said that he has a love for American film. I suppose that helps rather than hinders my situation. lol