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nedelja, 22. februar 2015

Dark side of Turkey: growing (domestic) violence

Sun, beaches, pallaces, sultans, empire, princeses,, rich history, exotic land. The bridge between Europe and Asia. The capital of the world... all the words describe Turkey. Many tourist which visit Turkey every year really like this country, some even that much, that after a holiday here decide to stay in find a job in Turkey. Turkey for sure is a nice place to visit and a nice place to discover. It's very big country so it can offer different experience for different tastes.

Turkey is too big and too diverse country to describe it correctly in a single blog post. Even after a year or two living in Turkey isn't enough to understand completely this country. Its position in the world map, as well as its rich history are probably main reasons why Turkey is what it is today: a extremly diverse and complex country. We cannot speak about one Turkey. You also cannot speak about Turkey if you've only known Turkish living abroad. You must experince living in the country in order to discover it. While living in Istanbul, of course, you cannot get to know all Turkey and Turks, beacuse this country and its society is too complex, however Istanbul's diversity makes you understand that Turkey is more diverse and complex country as one might expect.

četrtek, 19. februar 2015

Snow covered Istanbul

Chaotic traffic and fun with snow. No school for 2~3 days. After 3 days of snow, most of the main streets are clean and traffic safe, however side streets are still full of snow and dangerous for pedestrians. This doesn`t prevent motocyclists and drivers without winter tyres to use their vehicle.

sreda, 11. februar 2015

Valentinove akcije letov

Valentinovo je že skoraj tudi in tudi če ga ne praznujete lahko izkoristite nizke cene letov v Turčijo in po Evropi, ki jih ponujata Adria Airways in Turkish Airlines.

1. Adria iz Ljubljane
Cene povratnih kart stanejo od 92€, povratna karta v Istanbul pa je 109€! Datumi potovanaja so zelo omejeni, če želite karto po tej ceni, pa morate postati član kluba MyAdria (članstvo je brezplačno). Poleg Istanbula lahko po nizki ceni letite še v Moskvo, v München, Sarajevo in na druge destinacije Adrije. Karto lahko kupite med 2. in 16. februarjem.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Za druge možnosti poceni letov v Istanbul in nekaj praktičnih nasvetov o samem Istanbulu, pa kliknite na povezavo.





2. Turkish Airlines iz Ljubljane

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart na relaciji Ljubljana - Istanbul in Zagreb - Istanbul. Povratna letalska karta (brez taks) stane 99€.


Tukaj je nekaj informacij z uradne spletne strani Turkish Airlines, za več informacij pa poglejte na njihovo spletno stran:

Departure Period: 25 December 2014 - 28 February 2015

Purchasing Period: 15 December 2014 - 25 December 2014

Advance Purchase : Special price is available only within 10 day(s) before departure.

Advance Ticketing : Tickets must be purchased within 24 hour(s) after making your reservation.

Minimum Stay : 2 day(s) or Sunday (Return must start after 12:00 am on the first Sunday.)

Maximum Stay : 1 month(s)




Za več informacij, kliknite na povezavo.

3. Wizz Air iz Budimpešte
Wizz Air ponuja 20% popust vsem članom kluba Wizz discount klub,ki kupijo karto 11.2.2015. Več informacij na spletni strrani.

4. Z Air Serbio iz Ljubljane preko Beograda v Istanbul (ali pa kam drugam)
Cene povratnih kart od 129€. Super je, ker včasih lahko karto po tej ceni kupiš tudi teden (ali manj) pred odhodom.

sreda, 04. februar 2015

It's not only about baklava and Turkish coffee

Iskender kebap, Bursa
This time I wrote a post for another travelling website, called #ilovejourneys. I wrote about the reach turkish cuisine. You can read my whole post here.














petek, 30. januar 2015

V Istanbul za 109€ in druge valentinove ponudbe :)

Tokrat je za valentinovo dobro ponudbo poceni letov iz Ljubljane pripravila Adria Airways. Cene povratnih letov stanejo od 92€, povratna karta v Istanbul pa je 109€! Datumi potovanaja so zelo omejeni, če želite karto po tej ceni, pa morate postati član kluba MyAdria (članstvo je brezplačno). Poleg Istanbula lahko po nizki ceni letite še v Moskvo, v München, Sarajevo in na druge destinacije Adrije. Karto lahko kupite med 2. in 16. februarjem.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Za druge možnosti poceni letov v Istanbul in nekaj praktičnih nasvetov o samem Istanbulu, pa kliknite na povezavo.




četrtek, 22. januar 2015

Turkiye Scholarship applications 2015!

Hey guys,

I've just read the news, that 2015 applications start in February 2015. This year application will start in February for UNDERGRADUATE, Master and PhD scholarships. In previous years applications started in March (for MA and PhD) and in April (for Undergrad.), so this year, pay attention, because application starts earlier.

This is the text written on the Facebook page of Turkiye burslari:
''Applications for 2015 Türkiye Scholarships Start.
Applications for Türkiye Scholarships undergraduate, master and PhD programmes will start in February 2015.
Deadline will be announced later on our website. Application term usually last approximately 30 days.
www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr
http://twitter.com/TurkiyeBurslari
http://www.facebook.com/turkiyeburslari ''

Good luck to all applicants!
Here you can read my previous posts about Turkiye Burslari/Scholarship. They might be helpful when you are applying for scholarship.




 Here are the links to my previous posts:
Study in Turkey  is about different types of Scholarship and application process.
Study in Turkey #2 is about the interwiev, the documents you need for application and moving to Turkey
Study in Turkey #3 is a shor guide how to get a student residence permit in Turkey.

četrtek, 15. januar 2015

Ponovno akcije letalskih kart - LJ/ZG/Budimpešte v ISTANBUL

Tokrat z vami delim tri dokaj ugodne možnosti letov v Istanbul:

1. WIZZAIR iz Budmipešte:
Ta opcija se vam splača, če živite kje v bližnini Budimpešte ali če se vas več skupaj odpravi tja z avtom, saj drugače se zna zgodit, da bo cena vožnje do Budimpešte in nazaj, dražja kot letalska karta. Malo sem pobrskala po Drungliju in sem videla, da so poceni povezave na voljo do konca februarja naprej, povratki pa v marcu.

Na primer: odhod 27.2. za 29.67€
Povratek: 28.2. in 2.3. za 29.99€ ali 1.3. in 6.9. za 39.99€.
Karti pa ne pozabite prišteti še doplačila za kovček, ipd.

2. AIR SERBIA iz Ljubljane (preko Beograda):
Ta opcija je super, samo preden kupiš karto ne pozabi preveriti, koliko časa se čaka v Beogradu. Ob nekaterih dnevih le 1 ali 2 uri. Cene povratnih kart se gibljejo od 129€ naprej. Velik plus je, da ta karte po taki ceni lahko kupiš tudi 1 teden pred letom!
*Njihovo spletno stran se splača obiskati ob petkih, saj so začeli z akicijo "Srećni petak".

3. Nova akcija TURKISH AIRLINESa za 139€:
Na žalost ta akcija ni tako ugodna, kot prejšnje, ko so bile povratne karte na voljo za 99€. Kljub vesmu kar solidna cena za direktne lete iz Ljubljane ali Zagreba. Karte je potrebno kupiti do konca januarja, letite pa lahko v februarju in marcu. Za več info pa klik na povezavo.

Kaj pa hoteli?

Nekaj idej, v katerem predelu izbrati hotel, si lahko pogledate tukaj. Za rezervacije lahko namesto uporabe Bookinga kar direktno kontaktirate hotel in se poskušate zmenit za kakšen popust :) To žal vedno ni mogoče, a se splača poskusit. Obstaja pa tudi ''turška'' različica Bookinga, ''otel.com''. Cene so morda iste, a vseeno je kdaj "otel.com" cenejši kot Booking. Na spodnji povezavi je tudi koda za popust za spletno stran otel.com.




Prevoz po Istanbulu

Ker je Istanbul res veliko mesto, boste skoraj zagotovo uporabili javna prevozna sredstva, zato vam svetujem, da si kupite Istanbulsko ''urbano'' - ISTANBULKART. Več informacij o tej kartici pa na povezavi. Nakup kartice (stane 10tl) se vam splača, saj žeton za 1 vožnjo stane 4tl, če pa plačujete s kartico pa stane 2.65 tl, 2. vožnja v roku 2 ur pa je še cenejša.

sobota, 10. januar 2015

What I learned about Turkey and Turkish people after living here for a year - part 2


It has passed more than one month after I've published first part of the blog post about my experiences after the first year living in Turkey. Thank you all for you comments on the blog and on Facebook. There were some coments about the Great Wall of China and Ottomans. I would like to repeat, that I know, that the Great Wall of China had been built before Ottoman state was formed, however I found it funny that some people here said it to me, that it was build because of Ottomans. Yes, history seem to be different in every country, however everything has its limits :)In this second blog post, I would like to concentrate more on everyday life in Turkey and some stereotypes which I've heard or tought before I came to live to Turkey.
www.acililaclama.com

I guess that when you either decide to travel, either move to a country with very different culture and religion, everyone around you is affraid and wonders, how will you survive in such a different country. Everyone especially wonders about religious issues - will there be some, will you need to ''change'' your religious view, will ''other'' religion and its people accept you? As a woman, will you need to cover your hair and be able to live an ''independent'' western style lifestlye? This questions might be very appropriate if you're planning to move to an islamic country by a constitution - which

sobota, 27. december 2014

TravelersBox

A few days ago I've been traveling back home from the Istanbul's Atatürk airport and I've seen an interesting thing: A so called TravelersBox. It's a machine, where you can deposit the cash left from your trip. The good thing is, that it also accepts coins (which are usually not accepted at the exchange offices).
TravelersBox at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Where are the kiosks: In Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara), Georgia (Tbilisi) and UK (Manchester).

Where can you deposit your money? For example to your Paypal or Skrill account, to gift cards or you can make a donation. Of course there is a fee. According to the TravelersBox official webpage "a fee of 5-15% will apply according to the deposit amount".

Which currencies does it accept? The kiosks in Turkey accept the following currencies: Turkish Lira, USD, EURO and Russian Ruble. The kiosk in England accepts the following currencies: British Pound and Euro.

You can get more info at the official page of the TravelersBoxhttp://www.travelersbox.com/.


Valentine's Day Savings!




sreda, 24. december 2014

Letalske karte od 99€+1€ naprej *Flight tickets from 99€+1€

Turkish Airlines ponuja še eno super akcijo na letih iz Istanbula: če letita 2 potnika, prvi plača celotno ceno karte  drugi pa le 1€. Pogoj je, da mora biti prvi potnik član Miles&Smiles (članstvo je brezplačno), oba potnika morata potovati skupaj. Ker gre za Valentinovo ponudbo, je obdobje potovanja zelo omejeno: 9.-15. februarja 2015, karte pa lahko kupite le preko klicnih centrov ali agencij, torej se jih ne da kupit preko interneta.
Nekaj detajlov sledi spodaj v angleščini, za več info pa obiščite spletno stran THY oziroma pokličite v klicni center.
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As in the past few year, also for the next Valentine's day, Turkish Airlines has a great offer: when 2 person travel together between February 9th - 15th 2015, first pays full price of the ticket and the person who travels with him, only 1€! You can buy this tickets only via call centers, agencies and sales offices. Here I'm only sharing a few info from the official page of THY:

Valentine’s gift from Miles&Smiles! Pay only 1 Euro for the person you’re with for all flights departing from İstanbul between February 9th and 15th.
Campaign Conditions:
  • Travel start date: February 9- 15 (inclusive), 2015
  • Ticketing period: December 15 2014 - February 15 2015
  • The promotion is only available for tickets purchased via our call center, agencies and sales offices.
  • This promotion is only available to Miles&Smiles members.  However, the second passenger in the PNR (passenger name record) is not required to be a Miles&Smiles member.
  • One of the passengers must purchase a full price ticket, the Valentine's Day special price, while the other pays only €1.
  • Taxes and fees are not included.

nedelja, 21. december 2014

Prazniki v Istanbulu *Holidays in Istanbul

Nekaj utrinkov iz božično oz. praznično okrašenega Istanbula. Božič se tu uradno ne praznuje, ampak katolišča in pravoslavna cerkev organizirata številne božične koncerte in maše v različnih jezikih. Največ jih je v cerki Sv. Antona, na ulici Istiklal. Njihov praznični program je tukaj.

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December is not so jolly and festive month in Turkey since Christmas is not and official holiday here, however catholic and orthodox  churches do held some Christmas concerts and masses (also in foreign languages). Among foreigners, the most known are celebration in St. Antuan church on the Istiklal street. You can check their holiday schedule here.


ponedeljek, 15. december 2014

Letalske karte Ljubljana - Istanbul - Ljubljana ponovno 99€

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart na relaciji Ljubljana - Istanbul in Zagreb - Istanbul. Povratna letalska karta stane 99€.


Tukaj je nekaj informacij z uradne spletne strani Turkish Airlines, za več informacij pa poglejte na njihovo spletno stran:

Departure Period: 25 December 2014 - 28 February 2015

Purchasing Period: 15 December 2014 - 25 December 2014

Advance Purchase : Special price is available only within 10 day(s) before departure.

Advance Ticketing : Tickets must be purchased within 24 hour(s) after making your reservation.

Minimum Stay : 2 day(s) or Sunday (Return must start after 12:00 am on the first Sunday.)

Maximum Stay : 1 month(s)




Za več informacij, kliknite na povezavo.

sreda, 10. december 2014

A la turca :)


 There is no doubt that every nation has some customs or tradition that foreigners find curious, funny, strange, ... Here are some turkish customs that I find interesting or typically turkish:



  • (Tons of) Shoes in front of flat: Generally before entering a turkish flat you must put down your shoes. It's (almost) forbidden to enter a turkish flat wearing shoes. So it should not surprise you that hallways in a block of flat are full with shoes.

torek, 09. december 2014

Če vas zanima kaj več o življenju v Istanbulu, o Turčiji ali pa o meni, si lahko preberete moj intervju objavljen na spletni strani RTV SLO.






petek, 21. november 2014

What I've learned about Turkey and Turkish people after living here for a year - part 1

I've been living in Turkey for a bit more than one year. I've visited country for the first time in 2009 and since then I've been visiting it on a regular basis, until I moved here in September 2014. I know that it's impossible to get to know this country (of 80 million people) like the back of my hand in such a short time, however I want to share with you some things I've learned about Turkey in case you plan to visit it or move here.

I've seen this ''statue'' at and exhibition at SALT Beyoğlu
last year. I don't know it's title but in my opinion it
represents a complex Turkish society very well.

I've been living here too short period of time to say that I know Turkey too good, however I've been here too long to say that I am just a yabanci here. When I go back home to Slovenia and also here in Turkey, many people ask me, why I came to Turkey and what do I think about Turkey. Well it's difficult to explain it in one sentence, especially if you've never been here or if you've never lived abroad. Most foreigners I spoke with are in love-hate relationship to Turkey. I can say that Turkey has a lot to offer, however it will cost you a lot of patience to survive here. You surely need to adapt to a different lifestyle - definitely different one if you come from Europe, USA or similar countries. ''Burası Türkiye'' - or ''Here is Turkey'' is probably the sentence which would describe best the life here, yet the sentence doesn't say completely nothing to a person who has never lived in Turkey...don't worry, if you'll decide to stay in Turkey for some months, you will understand this sentence better and better every time you'll hear it.

sreda, 19. november 2014

Bursa - zibelka Osmanske države

Bursa leži na severozahodu Turčije, nekaj kilometrov od obale Marmarskega morja. Danes je znana predvsem po posebnem kebabu - Iskender kebabu, termalnem turizmu, smučarskemu središču in bogati zgodovini. 
Iskender kebab


Iz Istanbula se je v Burso najlažje odpravit kar z ladjo oz. t.i. morskim avtobusom. Iz pristanišča v Kabataşu (BUDO) in v Yenikapiju (IDO) dnevno pet ali več ladij odpluje proti Bursi. Ker Bursa ne leži tik ob morju, vas od pristanišča do samega mesta čaka še potovanje z avtobusom in metrojem, kljub vsemu pa potovanje do Burse traja le dobri dve uri in pol.

sobota, 01. november 2014

Istanbul Marathon * Istanbulski maraton*

Istanbul Marathon, also kwnon as Eurasia Marathon or Vodafone Marathon, is organized every November. It's the only marathon that starts in Asia and finished in Europe. This year marathon will take place on Sunday, November 16th. Even if you are not really a runners, you can participate! And 

Maraton Evrazija / Eurasia Marathon
it's totally for free! The marathon has also the ''walking'' category, so called 8K Fun Walk. If you'll be in town at least 1 day before this event takes place, you can register for Fun Walk at Vodafone stands around the city. I defenitely recommend it to you, because if you participate you have an unique opportunity to cross the Bosphorus bridge (the bridge is otherwise only open for traffic and not for pedestrian). Here is the link of the official page.


Ljubljanski maraton je že za nami, če pa boste novembra v Istanbulu, pa se lahko udeležite tudi Istanbulskega maratona oz. Maraton Evrazija. To je edini maraton, ki ima start v Aziji, cilj pa v Evropi. Letos bo maraton 16. novembra. Če vam tek ni ravno pri srcu, se maratona vseeno lahko udeležite, saj obstaja tudi 8 kilometrska pohodniška kategorija, imenovana Fun Walk. V tej kategoriji je startnina brezplačna, le pravočasno se morate prijaviti in prevzeti svojo startno številko. Prijave potekajo do 15. novembra, in sicer na Vodafonovih stojnicah po Istanbulu. Sodelovanje toplo priporočam, saj se boste tako lahko sprehodili čez Bosporski most, ki je vse ostale dni v letu odprt le za promet. Več informacij pa na povezavi
Istanbul z Bosporskega mosta.
Istanbul from the Bosphorus bridge.