Great contemporary German music Culture / Germany / Music

You know, when I came back from my bodacious 2 and a half months trip to Turkey I had to leave some nice people behind. And it is those people who asked me about German music yesterday. I assumed they meant music from German singers or German bands, music I like and that it should be sung in German language. So these are the songs...

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Leaving Turkey – a first brief résumé Culture / Turkey

For the last 10 weeks I have been in Turkey. Definitely enough time to experience some weird stories. That is why now, as I wait here at Izmir airport for my flight back to Switzerland, I write this short résumé. It does not cover all aspects of my journey, but at least I can say the following: Turkey is the first country where …


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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War and terror are good for business. Turkey

So last night I had a 14 hours train ride from Manisa to Turkey’s capital Ankara. But the train would not go to his scheduled destination, Ankara’s main station. It was stopped one station earlier and all passengers had to leave the train and find some other ways to get to Ankara. That was because of yesterday’s assassinations which had taken place there and cost...

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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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It’s raining, man! Greece / Travel

You know, for the past 5 days I have been staying in Greece. Not only that I had the chance to spend this time with a wonderful friend from Istanbul. Also, during the last three weeks in Turkey, I did not have a real opportunity to wash my clothes (it was clearly my fault as I am not sure about how to approach some Turkish...

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