Many faces of ANKARA
Hurray! I go to Ankara again! I go to the beautiful city which is located at the very heart of Turkey, where history and modern age are closely intertwined. I love Ankara for the unique color and the difference from any other city! If you ask me “How will you describe this city?” I will reply “Ankara is more like a huge open-air museum, where you can find a huge number of sights. They all are inextricably connected with the history of Ankara and, of course, they all are of special value for both local residents and visitors of this wonderful city.”
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The UN-DAY 24th October 2013
- Skorgro Kindergarten
The time has come to celebrate the UN DAY again. This is a tradition every year in Skogro Kindergarten (in Norway). Last year we started to collect money for Barnas Brobygger (Childrens Bridgebuilders) in Turkey. Everything we got in on UN DAY went directly to Barnas Brobygger.
Since August the staff and children in the kindergarten have prepared for this day. It was a huge planning about what they would make to be sold to parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!
In August we brought the staff to Mahmutlar on a “Study trip”, 20 great ladies/girls from Skogro kindergarten.
A whole-day-trip was arranged with bus, and they visited different places, we rented a boat and spent a day on the sea. But the best of all: THEY MET THE FAMILY WE ARE HELPING!
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- with Tyrkiafryd to Selge
Not a trip for the easy-scared, but for the grown-ups who still want to feel a little adrenaline.
As a relatively new apartment owner in Mahmutlar, I have spent the weeks here to get to know the neighbourhood, and to learn all the other things nesseccary to have a fairly good life here (and it’s so lovely just to sit on the balcony enjoying the weather). But the time had come to open the gate and look what’s beyond.
So we joined Mahmutlar’s Friends and one day they announced a day trip to SELGE. That was hazardous enough for our first trip.
And here we go. October 16th at 8 in the morning a fine bus arrived, Mehmet and the driver were outside to pick us up. Soon after we were 12 people and most of them didn’t know eachother. For us, most people are unknown, so far.
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Visiting the Seaman's Church in Alanya
Sunday 10th of November 6 o’clock in the evening, JOURNAL was present at the service in the Norwegian Seaman Church in Alanya. Located quite near Alanyum shopping center. In the dark, mild autumn evening many people had gathered outside for a chat before the service. We learned that it was a solid group of people from Karmøy there. But, of course, many people were coming and going all the time. In a place like Alanya it will always be like that.
The service started with organ music and psalms as always. The priest, Jens Bjørnsgård, has a pleasant and popular way of talking to the assembly. It was a very positive and nice experience.
JOURNAL follows up the series about the Kemalism with a presentation of the major political parties in Turkey, so that our readers can get a better idea of what takes place prior to the election in 2014, and perhaps a little more understanding of what is happening in society around them. We started with the biggest party in the previous issue, and this time we will present the party Atatürk founded in 1923, called Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, CHP. This party has already got a historical presentation over 7 issues, through the Kemalism series.
Turkey - Regions (3)
The year is 1941. The first Geographic Congress is held in Ankara (6.-21. June) and the result is the dividing of Turkey into seven regions. In a new series, we will give you a trip to each region – looking at their specialties, differences – and what binds them all together into one great country.
Turkish Food Traditions
Through the series of Turkish Food Traditions, we have served you starters, main courses and desserts. After such a superb meal, all restaurants offer their guests tea (primary) or coffee. Even though we connect Turkey to coffee (from old times), the main drink is absolutely tea. All over Turkey you will find tea gardens, tea houses and private tea parties. We will dedicate a separate article to this “drinking culture”, but in this issue we want to introduce you to some of the snacks and sweets Turks enjoy together with a cup (or five) of tea.
A Special Trip With Tyrkiafryd
Tyrkiafryd is a company that will be presented in JOURNAL by several occasions. Besides doing administration for complexes, home service and transfer – Tyrkiafryd arranges trips around in Turkey based on a more personal atmosphere than other tour operators.
Alanya International Club (AIC)
- Gathering Breakfast
The initiative for a gathering breakfast was taken by a group of enthusiastic people living in Alanya and Mahmutlar. This group has joined forces to voluntary assist foreigners that settle down in the area and educate them about Turkey. This group consists of people from many countries that have settled down here and of course many Turks as well. Common for all the participants is that the effort that is made is not a paid job. All the energy and hours of assisting others, is given from the heart.