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German Street Art

Meaningful street art in Esslingen, Germany:
Peace begins in the minds of those, who perceive diversity as an element of betterment!

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Almanya’nın Esslingen kentinin sokaklarından güzel anlamli bir duvar yazısı:
Barış, çok renkliliği ilerlemenin gereksinimi olarak görenlerin düşüncesinde başlar!

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Berlin – a guest post from my friend John

What John, my friend from Pennsylvania, USA, has to say about the beautiful city of Berlin, and why he has chosen it as his home:

“Berlin. You just say the word and the preconceptions swirl in. David Bowie, the club scene, the Führerbunker, the Wall. For Berlin, history has been hidden beneath the surface, but it is lurking only just beneath if you care to look for it. Berlin is as much still an idea as it is a city. Each neighbourhood (or “kiez” in German) has its own feel to it and its own “kiezkultur”. Whether it is child-friendly Friedenau or artist centric Kreuzberg, Berlin sometimes feels more like a Pandemonium than a capital city.

Berlin is a kaleidoscope not just its apartments and in districts, but in foods and languages. German still dominates many businesses here in Berlin, especially outside of the start-up scene. But English dominates the streets in many districts. French, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Russian all have their communities and sometimes entire districts. Hipsters have infiltrated most parts of the city, nowhere is truly safe from them. The food likewise comes from all over the world with specialities in Mexican, Indian, Indonesian and Turkish foods on top of the Döner and Currywurst that Berlin is perhaps best known for.

The stereotype of Berlin also relies on its jobless, artistic cool. The division of Berlin kept companies and many people out, keeping rents low and government aid high. While this has largely persisted during the long and expensive process of reunifying the city (and the country), Berlin’s cheap rents have encouraged many young entrepreneurs from across Germany and Europe to make Berlin their home. The rush of new faces into Berlin has raised rents, but the artists are not leaving without a fight. Berlin has never been without its strong counterculture to the Prussians living around it – not in the 30s before Hitler and certainly not today. The art seen will remain and will evolve. And in the meantime, the artists will have to share the city with the yuppie businessmen and government ministers. Berlin is in its own way all things to all people.

Berlin’s incredible variety, its opportunities and its cost of living drew me, and many others, to the city. Moving to Berlin is a chance to live in many cities all at once; each neighborhood and community can seem a world apart.”

John and me
John and me
Molecule Man, Spree River
Molecule Man, Spree River
Berliner Fernsehturm
Berliner Fernsehturm

Good bye 2015, you have been great! | Our World Trip

We flew around the whole world, visited four continents, travelled to many countries, swam in three oceans, flew through different time zones and experienced the exact same day twice.

We cycled through unfamiliar cities, survived the craziest (bus) drives, jumped off cliffs, saw some sunrises and many sunsets. We climbed up volcanoes, tracked through bays, and fought against angry monkeys. We tried surfing, diving and even canyoning. We lay on lonesome beaches with white sand and turquoise colored water.

We spent time in the jungle, on mountains, visited historical sites; we slept under the most amazing night sky and saw the sea glowing in a neon blue light. We swam in waterfalls and with wild giant turtles; we saw sea shells moving.

We learned a lot about other cultures and traditions, we tried exotic fruits and food, and even took some cooking classes. We met new people and have made many new friends. We partied, sang and danced.

Our world trip has been a big adventure, like a dream and we have had the courage to live this dream. We had fun, enjoyed great happiness and laughed a lot. We loved the freedom we had and lived our lives to the fullest.

We saw big wealth, but also desperate poverty. We had time to think about the world, about the people, about us. We learned to appreciate what we have. Time went by so fast. What we have now are UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES.

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Elveda 2015, şahaneydin!  |  Dünya turumuz

Uçakla tüm dünyayı turladık, dört kıtayı gezdik, birçok ülkeyi gördük, üç okyanusta yüzdük, ve farklı zaman dilimlerini geçerek aynı günü iki kere yaşadık.

Yabancı, bilmediğimiz şehirlerde bisiklet turlarına çıktık, çılgın Asya trafiğinde seyahat ettik, kayalıklardan atladık, bir kaç gündoğumuna ve birçok günbatıma tanık olduk. Volkanlara tırmandık, koylardan geçtik, öfkeli maymunlarla savaştık. Sörf yapmayı, denizin derinliklerine dalmayı hatta “canyoning” yapmayı denedik. Bembeyaz, un gibi kumu, ve turkuaz renkli suyu olan plajlarda güneşlendik.

Ormanlarda, dağlarda zaman geçirdik, tarihi yerleri gezdik. Parlayan yıldız dolu gökyüzünün altında uyuduk, ve gece denizin sarı-mavi bir ışıkla ışıldamasına tanık olduk. Şelalelerde, ve denizde dev kaplumbağalarla beraber yüzdük; oynayan deniz kabuklarını izledik.

Değişik kültür ve gelenekleri tanıdık, hiç bilmediğimiz egzotik meyve ve yemekler yedik, yemek pişirme dersi bile aldık. Bir sürü insanla tanıştık, yeni arkadaşlıklar edindik. Şarkılar söyledik, ve oynadık.

Dünya turumuz büyük bir maceradı. Bir rüya gibi, ve biz bu rüyayı görmeye cesaret ettik. Çok eğlendik, mutlu olduk, kahkahalar attık. Özgürlüğümüzü çok sevdik ve hayatımızı doya doya yaşadık.

Büyük zenginlik gördük, ama acımasız fakirlikde. Düşünmeye çok zamanımız oldu: dünya ve insanlar, ve kendimiz hakkında. Bu güzel, şanslı hayatımızın değerini bilmeyi öğrendik. Zaman çok çabuk geçti. Bu turdan bize şimdi kalan? UNUTULMAZ ANILAR!

Here you’ll find the best pancakes in Koh Phangan ;) *Lexy Pancakes*

“I think if you travel to a country, you should know / learn something about that country’s culture and history …
In my eyes travelling is a gift. So you’re very lucky! For most people in Thailand travelling isn’t easy or even impossible for several reasons. But I am very happy to meet many new people from all around the world in my pancake shop.”

Thanks Lexy, it was great talking to you!! And my Nutella pancake was amazing! 🙂

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“Eğer bir ülkeye gidiyorsanız, o ülkenin kültürü ve tarihi hakkında bir şeyler öğrenmeniz gerektiğini düşünüyorum …
Benim gözümde değişik ülkeleri gezip görebilmek bir hediye. Yani çok şanslısınız! Tayland’in insanları için çeşitli nedenler yüzünden dünyayı gezebilmek öyle kolay değil, hatta bazen imkansız. Ama benim krep dükkanımda birçok insanla tanışma fırsatım oluyor, bu yüzden çok mutluyum.”