Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Ramadan Challenge (you have to read this one! )

Dear readers,

As many of your know, I've been living and studying in Turkey for a while now. Istanbul is an amazing city which has many things to offer, however it was only in 2016 that this city got its very first volunteer youth community dedicated to social impact. As I volunteer I joined this great community of now almost 300 volunteers in late October 2016.

In the past year, our international community collaborated with community centres and NGOs in Istanbul to design and implement much-needed courses for refugee youth. Our volunteers teach environmental design, Arabic, English, Turkish, computer literacy, coding, and health classes. We work six times a week with over 120 refugee children across these programs.

Our winning team at the Urban Thinkers Summit
During Ramadan we hold free community Iftar dinners accompanied by various social activities in the disadvantaged neighbourhood of Tarlabaşı. Many of the neighbourhood residents are migrants and minorities in Turkey. Last year, we shared one iftar meal a week during Ramadan with more than 250 underprivileged people.

We also organised 2 summits: The Social Impact Summit (December 2016) and Urban Thinkers Summit (April 2017).
We aspire to increase these programs in size, quality and variety. With your support and donations, we will be able to train our volunteers and design better classes and workshops.

Please check and share our video and follow the link to our Ramadan Challenge 2017, where you can donate and support us.



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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

So you were from Slo....Russia??

Lake bled
This post has nothing to do with Turkey, however when you are living abroad and meet people from all over the world, there is still one question that always pops up: SO WHERE ARE YOU FROM?? SLOVAKIA? So you speak Russian, let me introduce you to my Latvian friend, you are neighbours, right?? Well, sometimes situations like these become even more awkward when your interlocutor tries to convince you that you actually don't know where do you come from. 👌

That is why it is about a high time to write a blog post of my home country. Probably I won't save myself from getting the same "where is Slovenia" and "what is your country famous for" questions again, but at least I will have my answer ready.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Upcoming elections: Perfect for learning some new Turkish words


Easter is approaching and Turks won't be playing crack the egg game (well like they have been playing it until now ;), but rather crack the referendum game. On Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Turkish constitutional referendum will take place. I am not much into the politics and since I am a foreigner I cannot vote either, however, billboards have always been my favourite way to learn some new words. Especially in Istanbul, when one spends many hours stuck in traffic, learning Turkish by reading billboards has proven a very good and funny way for me to learn a few new words or even expressions. And the good thing is that words tend to repeat a lot, so there is no way for you to forget (some) words.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dear reader

Hey there,

March is here and a new season of scholarship applications is here. I have noticed that many of my followers are curious about the Turkiye Burslari /Turkiye Scholarship applications. I am glad that you found my blog and I hope that my blog posts and aswers/questions will help you deciding to (or not to) apply for a scholarship in Turkey. I hope this will also help you through the applicaiton process.

If you are also Turkiye Burlslari / Turkiye Scholarship applicant, please feel free to comment this blog post and conncect with others. You can comment this post with the country of your origin and the major/level of studies you applied for.

Good luck!
(And lots of patience)

Spelayla

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Countdown.....to a Farewell!

All things come to an end. Also staying in Istanbul. My visit here might finish sooner as I expected, but anyways I have a few months left.

I'm not saying goodbye quite yet, but I am turning to you with a question:

What should one see/experience after living in Istanbul/Turkey for about 4 years? 

I've been here for about 3 and a half years and I've seen and lived a lot, but there are still many things I want to see/do and probably many things I don't even know they exist.

So where should I go and what should I do/see there?
Please, Sultanahmet and Taksim don't really count anymore, as I've seen it many many times. And a have about 6 months.

Please comment below or on the Facebook post.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Flight Tickets to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart za 102€. Pogoje nakupa si natančno preberite na njihovi spletni strani, tukaj delim samo nekaj osnovnih informacij:

Turkish Airlines new offer - flight tickets for only 102€ for some european destinations, including Ljubljana!

Nakup karte / purchase period: 30.01. - 19.02.2017
Obdobje potovanja / Travel period: 09.02.- 30.04.2017



Več informacij/More info: Here








Monday, 2 January 2017

Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.


Turkish coffee is a famous all over the world, however, çay is probably still the most consumed hot drink in Turkey. We could say that Turks cannot survive a day without drinking tea. It forms an important part of daily rituals and Turkish culture. But the coffee culture has been conquering Istanbul lately. 


 Coffee shops have spread around the city and one must not forget the Istanbul Coffee Festival, which is getting bigger every year.





Here are some of my favourite places for enjoying coffee in Istanbul (Islands included):

(If not written, the photos are taken from my Instagram account - Spelayla)

  • The interior I love in the neighbourhood worth exploring: Aziz Cafe & Restaurant Balat
Fener and especially Balat are two old neighbourhoods which are worth exploring. Lately, many new cafes have opened there and they are definitely worth a try. My favourite so far is Aziz cafe. The cafe is located in old building which was previously a pharmacy and Aziz bey was its owner.