MY ESC Bestie

When I first Arrived to Ankara for the project, I was a bit anxious to be honest! “I don’t know people there”, “Would I go along with the other volunteers?”, “Would I fit in?”All those questions were wandering in my mind before arriving. But when I landed, and I got to meet the other volunteers. … More MY ESC Bestie

A few things you should be ready for before arriving in Ankara.

Hello, I am Nino. My second month in Ankara just ended and I have a few observations that I would like to share with you and prepare you for some facts before you arrive in Ankara. The first thing I still can’t get used to is the fact that people don’t know the traffic rules … More A few things you should be ready for before arriving in Ankara.

My First Month

I was so nervous before I moved to Ankara. I was afraid of how friendly the environment would be here, whether people would like me, and whether I would be able to get close to them. The reality exceeded my expectations. I remember how pleased I was when I was warmly welcomed into the office … More My First Month

Moving on…

I remember last year, around this time, I was getting ready to leave for Turkey. Now I’m getting ready to leave again for Romania. I can say that the past year flew by so fast that I didn’t even realize it. As I’m writing my last thoughts for the GSM blog, there is a little … More Moving on…

A brief, nostalgic refuge

June was a month full of farewells for me.  At the beginning of the month, our beloved volunteers Monica and Emilia departed because their project was complete, and later,  Jaro left again because his ikamet was giving him trouble.  And as graduation approaches, the majority of my friends are returning to their hometowns.  Every time I meet with someone, I believe I always hear, “I’m leaving in a couple of days,” which I find sad but also glad for them.  Some people have new paths, while others meet their families after a long time apart, so I’m only sorry  that it may have been our final moments together since my time in Ankara is coming to an end. As I reflect on my previous eight months in Ankara, it has been a beautiful experience in which I have learned more about myself and  encountered many sorts of individuals from whom I have learned different things.  I discovered myself doing things I had never done before.  I became more interested in life and in exploring and learning new things.  This month has been about resetting myself and resting from the exhaustion I collected the previous  month while studying for my university examinations.  June was for soul mending and recharging my batteries for my upcoming experiences.  Always make time for you since no one is more valuable than yourself.

Friend`s wedding

My Ukrainian friend invited me to her wedding in Ankara. I was extremely excited about the invitation since Ive never attended weddings before. Not having any expectations, I arrived at the place of the big event. All of the guests were Turkish. But I knew the couples close friends. Feeling anxious in an unknown place … More Friend`s wedding

Izmir bombacı

Izmir is a place of many wonders. I can’t even explain the beauty and vibes of this city. It is crowded, but you don’t feel it. The warm and friendly people of Izmir are the gift that keeps on giving when you visit the great city of Izmir, Turkey in the spring and summer. Ephesus, the … More Izmir bombacı