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Day 1 in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan / Languages / Travel

To be honest, I do not know if it is really still day 1 of our journey to Kyrgyzstan. After all those flights with changing planes and time zones (Central Europe, Turkey, Central Asia) I am totally confused and would not be able to tell what day and time it is at my home place Bern in Switzerland. Sometimes, we were flying for four hours,...

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Satire, news embargo and social media ban in Turkey Culture / Politics / Travel / Turkey

Today, it was april 1st, that day when everybody tries to fool everybody else. I had a lot of different versions of expressing this in the German version of this blog post, but my English is not good enough, so basically, you are pretty lucky that this introduction ends here. In addition, we already laughed a lot these days. For example about some persiflage of...

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Why I travel – key moment Budapest Hungary / Travel

Once, in the holiday camp, I was not in a holiday camp but in Budapest. To celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012/13. Together with a friend I had rented an apartment. When we stood in front of the house which was directly in the city centre, at Fővám tér, near Liberty Bridge, I realized that this was a normal living house and there was nothing like...

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“Just relax” – this is the orient. And it is Christmas. Culture / Diversity / Travel / Turkey

Drama and fortune are always close to each other. Especially when you visit the orient. And I am not even deep inside the Middle East but only at its edge: in Turkey. I got here by taking the airplane from Geneva, Switzerland, via Istanbul to Izmir. So actually the airport in Istanbul was only a transfer station. Wait, “only”? I didn’t know that all the...

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The Rape Rules of Turkey Culture / Politics / Travel / Turkey

Okay, so you think this headline sounds strange? It is because so are the laws in Turkey. I was told about them in English so I decided to write this post in English, too. My couchsurfing host in Mersin told me about these “rules”. It all started with her telling me that people have strong grids in front of their houses’ windows to keep burglars...

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Cumhuriyet Bayramı – Holiday Of The Republic Of Turkey Travel / Turkey

Last week “modern” Turkey celebrated its “birthday”: on october 29th, the 92nd anniversary of founding the Turkish Republic (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti – T.C.) was solemnized (yes, I had to look this word up so I do not use celebrate twice in the same sentence). My couchsurfing host took me to a parade held because of this occasion here in Mersin which was smaller than the years...

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Mersin is the place at the sun Travel / Turkey

For the last two days I have been staying in Mersin which is a city of almost one million residents located at the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. I don’t want to beat about the bush for a long time: this city seems pretty different to the other Turkish cities I have seen so far. In a positive way that I really like. Here is...

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Ankara – eradication of a questionnaire Travel / Turkey

Arriving in Ankara, a friend from Germany surprisingly asked a lot of questions concerning the city. Like if I had a picture of the city’s silhouette (what a nice way to prevent the word skyline). Or if people here were living in high-rise buildings rather than in one-family dwellings. If the streets were clean or chaotic. And … so … on … If I would...

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Change of travelling plans Travel / Turkey

Last Sunday I decided to leave the village of Nuriye. Maybe I will return one day during this vacation, but it will no more be the center of my activities here in Turkey. The reason is that there was simply nothing to do. It was planned that I would “work” there for food and a place to sleep. But the Nuriyans did not want me...

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