14. Istanbulski bienale, ki se odvija na številnih lokacijah po mestu (in na vodi), in sicer med 5.9.2015 in 1.11.2015
Novi Istanbul, Salt Beyoğlu
Obisk bienala priporočam vsem ljubiteljem (sodobne) umetnosti in pa tudi tistim, ki to niso. Bienale je tokrat zelo zanimiv za vse, saj odpira vrata nekaterih, sicer za javnost zaprtih objektov. Tema letošnjega bienala je slana voda, oziroma tuzlu su, kar bi v kontekstu Istanbula lahko prevedli kar Bospor. Ožina, preliv, most, grlo, ..., ki povezuje dva kontinenta, dve morji in mnogo kultur. S povezovanjem preteklosti s sedanjostjo, s povezovanjem kulutur in tudi znanosti pa se ukvarja tudi sam bienale.
Sprehod, oziroma bolje rečeno popotovanje med prizorišči bienala in odkrivanje skritih razstavnih prostorov bienalu daje poseben čar. To popotovanje bo obiskovalcu vzelo več dni in je tudi odličen (alternativen) način tudi za spoznavanje mesta samega. Res je, da so prizorišča zgoščena okoli bohemskih četrtih, kot so Tophane, Karaköy in Beyoğlu, a obiskovalec bo moral vse do Rumeli Fenerija, točke kjer se srečata Marmarsko in Črno morje, in do Büyük ade, največjega izmed t.i. Prinčevih otokov, in še dlje, če bo želel obiskati vsa prizorišča bienala.
It's been a while since my last post about Turkiye burslari. Now the winners of scholarship for 2015 are known and many of you who won the scholarship are getting ready to move to Turkey. I guess that by now most of you have signed the scholarship agreement and are waiting for Student visa and further informtion about your flight tickets, Turkish language course and dormitory placements. Since this year The Victim bayram is at the end of September you might arrive to Turkey a bit earlier or later that in the previous years. Anyway, again you need to wait for the official email to come.
In this post I wanted to write down some ''warnings'' and negative sides of the Turkiye burslari. As you've probably noticed until now, you need to get used to WAITING and being PATIENT. Here are some other things you should know, before moving to Turkey (with Turkiye burslari scholarship). Anyway, I would like to state here that this post is NOT about trying to convince you not to come to Turkey. It is not! I just wanted to inform you about some negative aspects, so you can be PREPARED and survive this first days in Turkey.
Every year there might be some small changes in the system or some extra documents needed for obtaining students' and other types of residence permits. This year's change happend in late May and since than, all the procedures regarding the foreigners which were carried by the police, are now carried by the Ministry of Interrior Directorate General of Migration Management.
Applications are made online. There you can also find more info about which documents you need. The fee for residence permit varies according to country, but there is an administrative fee of 50TL.
When writing this blog post I had in mind especially all those ''new'' foreign students in Turkey. Since I study in Istanbul, this blog post will be especially helpful for all the foreing students in Istanbul, however the process of getting the residence permit should be same all over Turkey.
Especially those of you, who came to Turkey with Turkiye burslari probably already got single entry student visa for Turkey. Here I must say, that residence permit and visa are two different things. Visa can be tourist one or student one. Generally Turkish embassies abroad give foreign students the single entry student visa, which means that until you don't get student residence permit you cannot leave Turkey - or better said, you cannot enter Turkey again. Student residence permit is usually valid until the end of academic year or until the end of Turkish language course - the finish date is usually written on the student certificate (öğrenci belgesi). Once you get student residence permit, also called ikamet in Turkish (I bet you will learn this Tukish word quickly ;), you can leave and enter Turkey how many times you want.
Again elections are approaching. Turkish general elections will be held on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. The propaganda and all the election madness has been going on for the last 3 months. Here is just a short video from the Üsküdar square, where almost all the parties have their stands. Unfortunately I've turned off the video too soon, because I've missed some singing and dancing workers at the last party's stand.
Volitve so tik pred vrati. Letošnje strankarske volitve bodo v nedeljo, 7. junija 2015. Intenzivna propaganda, mitingi, ipd. se odvija že 3 mesece. Delim samo kratek video, ki je bil posnet v Üsküdarju, na trgu, kjer imajo skoraj vse stranke že 3 mesece postavljene svoje reklamne in info točke. Na žalost sem video ugasnila prekmalu, saj sem zamudila plešoče in pojoče delavce na zadnji info točki. Tukaj pa še nekaj utrinkov lanskih predvolilnih kampanij: Tema meseca: Volitve.
You can read more about May 31th: 1st anniversary of Gezi Park events here. Like last year, the public transportation going to/from Taksim, especially the Taksim metro line does't operate. The stops Şişhane, Taksim and Osmanbey have been closed since 9:00 am today and will be clodes until the further notice.
For more news and information about the Consequences of the Gezi park protests, please click on the link. Here you can find some additional information about the protest, which took place in late May and June 2013, itself.
Lets hope that this anniversary will pass in a more pacific way.
There is a beautiful island in the easteran Mediterranean. Island of Venus. An island which is divided. An island with the last divided capital city. Cyprus. The norhtern part of the island, oficially known as the Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC/TCKK) is defenitely worth visiting! Since 1974 the northern part hasn’t changed a lot.
Few weeks ago I've posted first post with the information about scholarships offered by the Republic of Turkey (bachelor, MA and PhD). I have seen that many of you have read my post and also many of you asked me some questions. Last week I updated the post Study in Turkey which can be find here. Also don't forget: all news and important dates are anounced on the official page of Türkiye burslari (Turkey Scholarship), because some important dates or rules might change from year to year.
If you are readin this post now, you are probably waiting THE EMAIL that you were selected for an interview. I hope this post can give you some answers to your questions.