September 12, 2017
Ne mutlu yarım Türküm diyene.
The first idea for this blog came actually up one year ago. To be more exact, it was Burcu who suggested that I write a blog. I don’t recall exactly when, but we had just moved from Lindau at Lake Constance to Isanbul, and in one conversation Burcu said: “You should write a blog about your impressions and experiences as a German living here in Turkey.” As is the case frequently, it took a while to make it become real. But today I actaully start.
The final nudge was a high school friend of mine commenting on a post of mine about the recent escalation in German-Turkish relations. He asked me why I was defending Turkey in some respects. Of course I am following German press from here and see the picture Turkey it draws. And it is a very distorted picture of the reality I live in and experience here every day.
So that’s why I begin writing this blog today, in which I will share my impressions, experiences, thoughts, reflections, cooking recipes (!) etc. – curious and interesting everyday things. What I will try to achieve is to find the things we have in common,connecting Germans and Turks, where I can see similarities and parallels; but I also want to explore and explain differences between both countries and cultures; and maybe describe at one ore another point how we find a synthesis of both sides in our bi-national, bi-cultural family who after 8 years in Germany moved to live in Turkey.