Terror in Istanbul Can’t Be Real

[ENG] It’s been less than a month since I left Istanbul, the city that these days is probably considered as one of the most dangerous civilized places to be. I was hich-hiking in my safe home country Estonia with my best friend when a male voice from the radio announced about the horror. We exchanged…

One Day of Hunger

[ENG] Temperature in Turkey has reached out of my preferred limit. I melt faster than dondurma (engl. ice cream) in greedy hands. It’s just about the time to start packing. Before departure there’re still some must dos left so I squeeze my last days for ultimate culture exploration. Hence, there couldn’t be a better place…

Adventurer’s Pilgrimage

[ENG/EST] It’s one of those rare May days when you can feel raindrops gently landing on your out-streched palm. Perfect time to spend in a bus; 15 hours away, Cappadocia nature park is waiting for the Life Correspondent to come exploring. The desicion to go was made only hours before departure. While secretly dreaming about…

The A,B,C’s of Islam

[ENG/EST] Religion designs a lifestyle. It has an impact on values, behavior, food preferences, daily routine. Being the second-largest religion in the world, Islam influences a lot of people’s way of living. To understand Moslems better, it’s advisable to know about their beliefs. To gain knowledge, I visited department of religion in the University of…

Before they say: ‘I do!’

[ENG/EST] Stereotypically, kids, especially girls, are said to be rehearsing for their wedding from an early age. Unaware of the future companion of life, they can feel the taste of the six-layered cake in their mouth and smell the flowers, decorating the wedding hall. Even I remember fighting with my sister for a role in…

Noticed on the Streets

[ENG/EST] After the stereotype challenge from previous post I started to pay more attention to street view. To avoid sending wrong signals and make someone feel uncomfortable, I hid myself behind sunglasses and gave a closer look at people’s clothing and general mood. People often assume that in islamic countries the majority of women is…

Prejudice

[ENG/EST] An early-morning Sun, hills covered with tiny white houses and the sound of sensual Turkish music…this memory picture needs no Photoshop. Already now in April the midday heat makes me seek shelter from the Sun. The Life Correspondent has arrived to Bodrum, a city on the cost of the Aegean sea. Here, in ancient…