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Welcome to 2017: Fasten your seat-belts and enjoy the ride

 

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?

12 things I learnt throughout 2016

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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…

French expressions in the Turkish language

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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…

20 ways to enjoy unemployment

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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:

  1. Fix that broken shower thingy in the bathroom.
  2. Do your shopping on Monday mornings when there’s no queue at the supermarket.
  3. Create all kinds of playlists on Spotify.
  4. Go to the cinema at 3 pm and get to know the local grannies.
  5. Go out dancing on a Sunday night. Or a Monday. Or a Tuesday…
  6. Explore the corners of the city you don’t know yet.
  7. Take trips.
  8. Catch up with family and friends.
  9. Sleep in on Mondays. Or Tuesdays…
  10. Read those books you’ve had lying around for ages.
  11. Take some online courses.
  12. Blog!
  13. Try out new recipes.
  14. Visit places that are generally only open during working hours.
  15. Reinvent yourself. Think about what you really want to do with your life.
  16. Visit museums, expositions, talks.
  17. Get a seat in the metro, outside of rush hours.
  18. Get your Christmas shopping done before everyone else heads to the shops.
  19. Do some community work.
  20. 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.

Magic

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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?

This moment

All that matters

Doubts are gone

Left in shatters

Breathing, swimming

Down by the beach

Flying, swinging

Worries out of reach

For other interpretations of Magic have a look here.

5 Turkish movies that will bring tears to your eyes

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)

http://www.beyazperde.com/filmler/film-239945

Photo courtesy of beyaz perde.

 

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.

Mustang

http://cohenmedia.net/films/mustang

Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group.

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…

Dünyanın en güzel kokusu (~ The world’s nicest smell)

http://www.beyazperde.com/filmler/film-240207.

Photo courtesy of beyaz perde.

Hakan and Derya are best friends. When their biological clocks starts ticking louder and louder, they decide to get married and have a child together. Destiny messes up their plan, though. Read more…

aNadventures Soundtrack Vol. 2

Two years ago, I designed this cover featuring some of my favourite aNadventures blog posts. I think it’s time for a new soundtrack including new favourites as well as old classics. So here’s what I’ve come up with:

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  1. Turkey: It was meant to be
  2. You know you have been in Turkey for a while when…
  3. 25 things I learnt from living in Turkey
  4. Reverse culture shock
  5. Don’t be ugly
  6. Home is where my keys are
  7. Live long and wear it with a smile
  8. Oh, this happy life
  9. Leave your earplugs at home
  10. Life’s too short to be among moldy tomatoes
  11. Wise words from an animated monkey
  12. In love with life
  13. When I write
  14. Mission completed

 

Bonus Tracks

  1. Confessions of a heart of stone
  2. Two kebabs to go
  3. Closing circles

 

Feel free to let me know what you think about the latest post selection and cover in the comment section. Thanks again for reading and following my aNadventures!

Here comes the sun: Passion, spring and other Turkish names

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© aNadventures (It should have been “Romina” but they didn’t get it right.)

When you think of Turkish names, the ones popping up in your mind are probably Fatma, Ayşe, Mustafa and Ahmed. But there are so many more. Most Turks are proud of their name. At least that’s what I’ve come to sense throughout my one-and-a-half year Turkey experience. Every name has a meaning, too. Here’s a selection:

 

The sky is the limit

Güneş – sun (f)

Bulut – cloud (m)

Yağmur – rain (m & f)

 

Aynur – moon light (f)

Feray – radiance of the moon (f)

İlkay – new moon (m & f)

Nuray – bright moon (f)

 

Hilal – crescent (f)

Ufuk – horizon (m)

 

Flowers

Gül – rose (f)

Lale – tulip (f)

Müge – lily of the valley (f)

Ҫiğdem – crocus (f)

 

Water

Damla – water drop (f)

Nehir – river (f)

 

Deniz – sea (m & f)

Derya – sea, ocean (f)

 

Meltem – sea wind (f)

Cansu – water of life (f)

 

Some more nature

Volkan – volcano (m) Read more…

Is Turkish a hard language to learn? Not necessarily!

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As soon as I decided to spend one and a half years in Turkey, I started to familiarize myself with the language in order to properly communicate with the people once there.  Being able to express yourself in the local language brings you closer to a culture’s core; don’t you think so, too?

I’m often asked whether the Turkish language is a hard one to learn. Turkish is by no means an easy language ― mainly because it’s so different from Germanic or Romance languages such as German, English, Spanish or Italian. There are some aspects, though, that are much simpler in Turkish than in other languages. Let’s have a look at some of its features.

No articles

There are no articles in Turkish, neither a definite nor an indefinite one. This comes in quite handy, especially compared to the German language where there are so many different article variations.

  • ev – the house or a house
  • yemek – the meal or a meal
  • köpek – the dog or a dog

Whether we are talking about something definite or rather indefinite is generally understood from the context.

Just  “o”

There is no distinction between grammatical genders in the Turkish language. He/she/it is simply “o”. Adjectives aren’t adapted either, contrary to how it is the case in Romance languages.

To be or not to be?

Not to be. There is no Turkish verb for “to be”. This is another quite practical feature.

  • Ev büyük. (House big – The house is big.)
  • Yemek güzel. (Meal nice – The meal is nice.)
  • Köpek küçük. (Dog small – The dog is small.)

Güzel, by the way, is a very multifunctional word. Read more…

Just typing

Like winter. But in autumn. But like winter.

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Winter is back

My flat smells of spring

Of green leaves, precisely

A room deodorizer I did bring

Just typing these words

Let’s see what happens next

No plan, no intention

Just random text

Expressing yourself

Can be hard

Impressing yourself

Is even harder

Sipping hot apple juice

Listening to a sad song

Lack of inspiration

Nothing’s wrong

Tapas, pizza, Turkish coffee

A traveler’s choice

I’m ready for an adventure

Let’s go make some noise