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Berlin Festival of Lights 2014 

Every year in October, the city of Berlin hosts its famous Festival of Lights. Many sights, historic places, streets and popular districts are illuminated in all colours of the rainbow for the duration of ten nights. The festival exists since 2005 and has attracted many national and international visitors.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this historic event, this year’s festival of lights was particularly beautiful. The motto was Colours of Joy and from October 10th to 19th, Berlin was shining splendidly.

Here are some impressions:

For other interpretations of Refraction, have a look here.

 

Turkish Daylights: Street dogs

Straying dogs are part of Turkish everyday life. So are cats, by the way. It’s hard to walk a hundred metres without bumping into at least one of these creatures. There’s no need to feel sorry for them since they’re taken great care of.

Here’s a selection of my favourite Turkish street dog pics:

 

What inspires me?

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Today I had a conversation with a friend who told me about an assignment for her Entrepreneurship class. The professor had asked everyone in the group to think about five things that inspire them. And that’s how my friend inspired me to write this post.

The list of things inspiring me is not limited to five points only but here’s a selection:

 

Travels

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all.”

[Elsa, character from Disney’s Frozen  ̶  a movie that inspires me, by the way]

Leaving my routine for a few days and breathing different air. Being around new people, new tastes, new smells, new sights… Throughout my travels to Québec, for example, I came up with plenty of ideas for new blog posts.

Children

I remember my little niece inviting me over to hers to show me her doll that has GLITTER on her. She emphasized the word GLITTER and her eyes were shining. It reminded me that life can be so beautiful. All we have to do is open up to the magic around and within us. Read more…

Better together

Sleeping all by yourself isn’t that much fun, is it? How about eating? It’s a social activity, right? Well, the same holds true for writing!

 

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Based upon that notion The Press Collective came into existence. A group of creative minds from various corners of the world joined forces to share their stories which are as colourful as their backgrounds. Anything is possible if we make it happen.

Arts, culture, wellness, travel and more. Curious now? Go have a look at what inspires you. Writing is one of our most basic necessities. Such as eating and sleeping. And like most things, it’s so much better together. If you’d like to contribute with your own stories and discussions, feel free to contact The Press Collective at: collectivepressmail@gmail.com

 

Berlin by night

I’ve been in love with Berlin even well before moving here in early 2010. I remember the first time I came to visit one of my dear friends that had moved here right after school. She took me to see all the sights and the one that stood out most to me was the Gedächtniskirche, which translates as memorial church. It’s basically just a church with a huge hole in its roof top that was caused from severe bombing during World War II. The damaged part has been kept as a symbol of peace and its ground floor has been turned into a memorial hall. Well, others wouldn’t refer to it as being particularly spectacular but to me that church has always been so beautiful. Whenever I look at it, and I don’t intend to sound cheesy here, it seems so peaceful to me and puts me at ease.

 

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So tonight I went and took a picture of my favourite Berlin sight by night. Throughout my daily routines I sometimes forget where I’m standing but contemplating the church tonight made me realize once more that I actually live in Berlin. My parents told me that they once took me here when I was still a toddler and that I had liked “the house with the star” very much. The star actually is the Mercedes Benz symbol turning around on the building right next to the church.  Oh well, it must be fate that I can see that star from my balcony nowadays.

What’s your favourite sight in the city you live in? Do you prefer visiting it by day or by night?

For other interpretations of Nighttime have a look here.

Quote of the Day: Sunset

Even the sun sets in paradise.

 (Maroon 5)

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Faralya, Turkey, September 2013.

One of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

Don’t be ugly

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A group of children is playing on the street. There’s a little girl wearing a pink princess dress. One of those fluffy ones. She’s pushing a bike, surrounded by three boys.

“You’re the fattest one in your family!“, one of the boys exclaims, referring to the little girl as I’m just passing them. The others laugh. “And you’re the ugliest one in your family!“, the girl replies. Again, collective laughter.

I freeze and turn around. Read more…

Izmir, Pearl of the Aegean

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Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city which is also known as the Pearl of the Aegean, has been one of my favourite places on earth ever since I set foot on it for the first time in September 2012. I consider myself very lucky of having been able to spend one and a half years in such a beautiful place. Here’s why: Read more…

Adventure!

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As someone whose blog is titled aNadventures, I just HAD to take part in this week’s photo challenge. So here I am, sharing a picture of an alley in Istanbul, where my Turkey adventure started a little over two years ago.

This city is full of history. Each corner tells its own story. Do you see the Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) amid the old buildings in the alley? It’s much smaller than it seems. Yet, it was the city’s tallest building when it was constructed in 1348 in the course of the expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. This tower was used for spotting fires; it witnessed several restorations and today represents one of Istanbul’s main touristic sites. It provides a marvelous view of the Bosporus, the Golden Horn and the giant city’s historic peninsula.

My personal “Galata Tower adventure” consisted in pretending to be Turkish upon buying an entry ticket when I visited the city for a second time with my family in September 2013. The entrance fee is less expensive for Turkish citizens. It somehow worked.

August Travels: Bonjour, Hi!

In 2003/2004 I spent a high school year in Québec, Canada’s francophone belle provence. I lived with a host family in Joliette, close to Montréal, and got to know their culture, language and traditions. It was the first time I spent considerable time away from home, in a place that soon became home. Before I left, ma famille québecoise handed me a key to their house insisting I could come and see them any time. We have stayed in touch ever since.

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It took me ten years (!) to be back. This summer it FINALLY happened. My August travels led me to Québec. All these years didn’t seem like all that much, though. Being back was as if I’d never left. I stayed for almost three weeks and had a fantastic time with my host family and friends. They organized a welcome back party for me, integrated me into their routines once again, took me around old and new places. I had Lucky Charms or peanut butter bagels for breakfast and ate lots of poutine, Québec’s popular junk food meal consisting of fries, gravy and cheese. It looks distasteful at first glance but once you try it, you may end up loving it. Read more…

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