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aNadventures Soundtrack Vol. 1

This week’s Photo Challenge is about Cover Art. So that got me thinking… If I were to design an album cover for my blog it would look something like this:

 

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Now I got to choose my favourite tracks blog posts to include on the album. Here’s a selection:

  1. Bonjour, Hi!
  2. Confessions of a heart of stone
  3. Bob is always right
  4. Home
  5. Happiness
  6. Friendship
  7. Carefree
  8. Sitting
  9. You know you have been in Turkey for a while when…
  10. Reverse culture shock
  11. 25 things I learnt from living in Turkey
  12. Ҫiğ köfte
  13. Two kebabs to go
  14. Don’t be ugly
  15. Closing circles

 

Bonus Tracks

  1. Izmir Life
  2. Extra thoughts
  3. Last call

 

 

Thank you for listening reading!

A home on the streets

This piece has recently been published on The Press Collective.

As I was visiting a friend of mine in Montreal a few weeks ago, we were strolling along one of the city’s many neighbourhoods. It had gotten dark and we were on our way back to her home when we came across the image of a maple syrup can that I wanted to take a picture of.

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To get closer to it, I slipped through a gate that led to an overgrown garden. There were a few steps leading up to what looked like a church or an old office building right next to the wall with the maple syrup image. My friend called out to me: “Just be careful not to step on any needles on the floor!”

“Haha, yes! This might be a hobo’s home,” I heard myself replying. “I think there’s someone living below those stairs.” I pointed to my left. I could indeed feel a human presence.

In that very moment someone stood up and shouted: “It’s just me!” My heart skipped a beat. I stared into the darkness. There, a few metres away, I spotted the silhouette of a bearded man.

 I felt the urge to leave the place as fast as I could. Yet, something in the man’s voice reassured me. I decided to move on. I asked him whether he was okay with me taking a picture of the can.

“No problem, go ahead,” he encouraged. I felt like I was intruding into his home and I made sure to be quick in taking that picture. As soon as I was done I thanked him and wished him a pleasant evening which he replied to in a cheerful voice.

Homelessness seems to be a common feature of big cities, yet the large number of homeless people I saw in Montreal surprised me. According to the Canadian Homelessness Research Network “at least 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness in any given year.”And there are many reasons why people find themselves in such a situation: losing one’s job, extreme poverty, parting with family, mental illness or addiction are some of the most common ones. We never know the stories of those we consciously or unconsciously judge. Read more…

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…

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