When still studying I had the opportunity to do my internship in Turkey. Due to some -unforseen- circumstances I ended up living for 1,5 years in Istanbul. First, the European part in which I was living in the famous (not for good reasons) Dolapdere, Taksim. Later on the company I was working for decided to move to another continent (read; the Asian side) so I ended up living in Moda, Kadikoy. At that time, I had a lot of fun but as I hadn’t finished my education I was forced to return. That was already over 5 years ago in which I didn’t visit Turkey at all. Last year I…
Had the opportunity to visit Egypt with the wonderful people of SV IDEE in May of this year. We visited Cairo, helped out in one of the local elementary schools, shared meals with the locals and explored the city. Cairo itself is a beautiful city. I found Egypt to be very interesting, partly because of its rich history but also because of the nice people and great food. Maybe one of the last Arab countries I’ll visit. As I have now found out that from an outside perspective there isn’t much (observable) difference between people and culture.