The grey winter months are just perfect for snuggling up with a movie or a series. Why not improve your language skills at the same time? My friends from Turkish class have appreciated the Turkish TV series I recently recommended to them. If you’re into a decent portion of drama, suspense, intrigues and beautiful people, you may be interested in my suggestions as well:
Aşkı memnu (~ Forbidden love)
Bihter marries Adnan, a rich man twice her age, and enjoys being part of Istanbul’s high society. But soon things start getting complicated as she has an affair with Behlül who is like a son to her husband and lives under the same roof with them. But it turns out Nihal, Adnan’s teenage daughter (not Behlül’s real sister), is also in love with Behlül. And she again is loved by Beşir, one of the family’s employees who happens to know more about the affair than he probably should.
And this is just the simple plot so imagine how twisted things can still get. Read more…
This year’s travel mission is going great so far. Two weeks ago, I found myself on a business trip to Madrid. I was lucky to get to spend a full fifty hours in the Spanish capital.
Apart from working hard, of course, I had the opportunity to explore some corners of this beautiful city. I enjoyed trying some delicious food and being among friendly people. I was welcomed by a bright blue sky and felt the sun caress my cheeks. This felt quite wonderful after its absence throughout the grey winter months in Berlin.
Here’s a list of recommendations for a Madrid stop over: Read more…
As I’ve started a new job this year, January has been filled with lots of information and food for thought. New procedures, new products, new tasks and new colleagues all take some time to adjust to. But I know from previous experiences that leaving the comfort zone generally leads to growth. As someone who’s very fond of adventures, I’ve come to consider growth a basic need for me to enjoy life.
Apart from getting used to my new work environment and fighting an evil flu, I’ve spent some time in Ulm recently. That’s where the main branch of the company I work with is located. The main aim of the trip was for me to take part in an introduction week and to receive a formation on the most relevant topics. In the evenings, though, I’ve had a chance to explore this charming middle-sized Southern German town by the Danube river:
What’s there to know about Ulm?
Ulm is located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, right on the frontier to Bavaria. The cathedral (Ulmer Münster) is one of its main sights. I also spotted some nice places in the old town when wandering around, among them a lopsided house (to be seen in one of the above pictures). Furthermore, Read more…
We already talked about Turkish names here.
You may have noticed that they’re quite meaningful and romantic in many ways.
There’s also a large variety of Turkish pet names ― aşkım (my love), canım (my soul) and bitanem (my one and only) being just some of them.
You probably remember the global Coca-Cola marketing campaign that consisted in selling customized bottles and cans that displayed common customer names. That campaign also included printing pet names and was quite successful since most people could identify with them which led to identification with the product itself.
For other interpretations of names, have a look at this week’s Photo Challenge.
Last week, on New Year’s Eve, I did what I do every year: By midnight, I was out with my rucksack enjoying the fireworks. It’s a Colombian tradition to run around the block carrying a suitcase (or a rucksack) when the new year starts in order to being able to travel in the new year.
Since I love travelling, I never skip this tradition. And it has worked out quite well for me so far. I consider myself lucky and thankful to have seen so much of this beautiful world.
Last year, I went to Austria, Italy (twice), Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey and I travelled within Germany as well. This year, I’ve set myself the same mission as in 2014: I’d like to travel somewhere near or far at least once a month. This means I’ll be exploring new areas in Berlin or beyond, within Germany or abroad, in Europe or around the globe.
Let’s go find out where 2017 may take us.
What’s YOUR next travel destination? Or do you have any other upcoming missions?
I can’t believe another year has passed so quickly. Before I start a new chapter of my life in January, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the year 2016, which has been a special one. It has been full of joys (and some tears), full of special people and full of moments to remember. And there have been quite a few lessons as well.
So this is what 2016 has taught me: Read more…
Many expressions in Turkish have been borrowed from Arabic or Persian. In the 1920ies and 1930ies, throughout the implementation of Atatürk’s Reforms, the language was transformed to replace many Arabic and Persian loanwords with French words to orient Turkey further towards the Western world.
I already mentioned hoparlör, bisiklet and supangle in a previous post. There are many more words reflecting the influence that French has had on the Turkish language, though.
I’d like to share a few more examples with you:
1. vapur – steamboat, ferryboat (French: bateau à vapeur)
2. asansör – elevator (French: ascenseur)
3. sezaryen – Caesarean (French: césarienne)
4. makyaj – make-up (French: maquillage)
5. milföy – mille-feuille / a kind of puff pastry (French: mille-feuille) Read more…
Do you feel depressed because you recently lost your job, voluntarily or involuntarily? Well, let me tell you that there’s absolutely no need to feel this way. Taking some time off can actually be lots of fun. Here’s how:
You FINALLY have the time to:
- Fix that broken shower thingy in the bathroom.
- Do your shopping on Monday mornings when there’s no queue at the supermarket.
- Create all kinds of playlists on Spotify.
- Go to the cinema at 3 pm and get to know the local grannies.
- Go out dancing on a Sunday night. Or a Monday. Or a Tuesday…
- Explore the corners of the city you don’t know yet.
- Take trips.
- Catch up with family and friends.
- Sleep in on Mondays. Or Tuesdays…
- Read those books you’ve had lying around for ages.
- Take some online courses.
- Try out new recipes.
- Visit places that are generally only open during working hours.
- Reinvent yourself. Think about what you really want to do with your life.
- Visit museums, expositions, talks.
- Get a seat in the metro, outside of rush hours.
- Get your Christmas shopping done before everyone else heads to the shops.
- Do some community work.
- Clean out your closet and get rid of all the things you actually don’t need.
What have been YOUR experiences with unemployment? Which ways have YOU found to make it fun? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section.
What you least expect
Yet, is about to happen
This joy your eyes reflect
Is your strongest weapon
A cardboard full of glitter
What makes you even wonder?
Isn’t it just better
To truly live, not ponder?
All that matters
Doubts are gone
Left in shatters
Down by the beach
Worries out of reach
For other interpretations of Magic have a look here.
One of the many advantages of living in Berlin is that you may watch Turkish movies in the original language in many cinemas across town, especially in the districts of Neukölln and Wedding. This year, I’ve taken advantage of this option and I’ve watched a couple of movies I’d like to recommend:
Delibal (~ Andromedotoxine / Mad honey)
The moment Barış sees Füsun for the first time, he falls in love with her. It’s a feeling stronger than anything he’s ever experienced. It takes some time, though, until he manages to conquer Füsun’s heart. The moment everything seems just perfect, life gets in the way of their fairy tale.
This is the story of five sisters who grow up with their uncle and grandmother in a small town on the Black Sea coast. The day a neighbour sees them playing around with some boys by the sea, their house becomes their prison. The girls now find ways to turn their routine into a fun game ― until it’s time to escape…