Countdown to America

Crystal Langhorne of the Mystics spent the holidays in Turkey, where she plays for Istanbul University, before finally getting to come home on Jan. 4. Langhorne lets us in on her celebrations with teammates, the beauty of Istanbul and maybe a bit of shopping, too.

December 24

My teammate and I went to the Sabanci Mosque in Adana, Turkey. It was such a gorgeous day to walk around and explore the city.

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December 25

Merry Christmas from Istanbul University. It was hard because it was my first Christmas away from home, but I am grateful to still be playing this game I love.

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December 26

My agent's Turkish partner (so he is pretty much my agent in Turkey) took my teammates and me for a dinner in Taksim Square. It was a delicious dinner with amazing views of Istanbul.

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December 27

Unfortunately I live right across the street from the mall (I shop a tad bit too much LOL). I went and found two cute bomber jackets from one of my favorite European stores, Mango. Anddddd ... they were on sale, I love sales.

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December 28

I take interior-design classes and needed to catch up on some of my work. Hopefully this will be what I really want to do when I finish playing. Gotta plan ahead.

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December 29

It's game day against Konak. These yellow jerseys are my favorite (yellow is my favorite color), but we never, and I mean never, wear them. I don't even know why we have them.

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December 30

This picture was taken at 1 a.m., so it counts for December 30. Istanbul has a great nightlife, and some of my friends and I decided to go out. Everybody loves a cramped up taxi pic, right?!?

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December 31

I bought this dress thinking we were going out for New Year's Eve. People probably thought I went out and danced the night away in this dress when they saw my picture on Instagram. We changed our plans the day of and just had a small dinner party, but I was still wearing that dress. I mean, that's what I bought it for and I already had it set in my mind what I was wearing (I was extremely overdressed).

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January 2

I love this dessert from Midpoint restaurant. It's a white chocolate soufflé, and I crush it EVERY time.

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January 3

We finished up our practice, which was pretty much a preparation for Mersin. Mersin has one of my favorite teammates from the Mystics playing for their club, Matee Ajavon. I Love this girl; we're always joking. This was back in the summer when I caught her on the plane sleeping.

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January 4

My bags are all packed up, and I am so ready to go home for my break. I leave at 2:45 a.m. for a 5 a.m. flight. I hope you enjoyed my countdown to America. Peaceeeeeee.

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