new year| turkey pt 1

T√ľrki minek selgus juba novembris, kuid trip ise tuli kuidagi v√§ga kiirelt k√§tte. Tegu j√§lle projektiga, seekord l√§bi Noored √úhiskonna Heaks organisatsiooni. Toimumiskohaks t√ľrklaste jaoks ‘v√§ikelinn’ Usak oma 500 000 inimesega ja teemaks “Inclusion of disadvataged youth with art”. Tartu-Tallinn-Istanbul-Usak ning esimene kultuurishock Istanbulis k√§tte saadud: t√§navatel karjuvad mehed ja √ľle√ľldine l√§rm ja muidugi see, et igal pool suitsetatakse, olgu siis siseruum, kohvik jne. Ehk oli see vaid √§√§relinn, aga eks n√§eb. Bussis√Ķit Istanbulist Usaki kestis 8h ning kohale j√Ķudes saime kiirelt oma √∂√∂bimispaika, kuhu j√§√§me n√§dalakeseks. Powernap tehtud, otsustasime linnas ringi jalutada, sest esimesel p√§eval pidid enamus teised riigid saabuma. Kultuur on ikka hoopis erinev ning inglise keelt v√§ga keegi ei valda. Esimene √Ķhtu t√Ķi ka esimesed ebameeldivad √ľllatused korralduse osas – toiduga oli probleeme, toa wc ning voodid ebah√ľgieenilised jne. Teisel p√§eval olukord eriti ei paranenud, √ľhelt poolt p√Ķhjuseks keelebarj√§√§r – inglise keelt r√§√§gitakse v√§he, kui sedagi ja raske midagi selgeks teha. Inimesed ei pea ajakavast kinni ja selline segadus ikka vahepeal. Logistika teeb keerulisemaks see, et √∂√∂bimiskoht ja tegevuskoht asuvad √ľksteisest p√§ris kaugel. S√∂√∂misega on ka naljakas, hommikus√∂√∂giks saime paar k√ľlma friikartulit, 5 oliivi ja kolm kurgiviilakat…are you kidding me. √ēnneks saime projekti osa siiski k√§ima ja teistega tuttavaks, rahvas on √Ķnneks v√§ga normaalne ja √Ķhtul tuli juba esimene pidu. J√§rgmise p√§eva veetsime projekti asjadega tegelemisega, ehk siis erinevad grupit√∂√∂d, anal√ľ√ľsimine jne. √ēhtul l√§ksime osa rahvaga traditsioonilist T√ľrgi teed jooma. T√ľrgi magustoidud eesotsas baklavaga on ikka r√§me magusad – samas t√§naval √ľlekaalulisi inimesi ei hakka v√§ga √ľldse silma. T√§navapilt on √ľle√ľldiselt ikka midagi muud: iga nurga peal mosee, enamus naistel pead kaetud, 5x p√§evas k√Ķlab √ľle linna moseedest “Ezam” ehk kutse palvele ning kodutuid koeri on v√§ga palju ringi jooksmas. Projekti ajakava on ka ikka t√§iesti √ľle kivide ja k√§ndude, keegi sellest eriti kinni ei pea.

J√§tkub…

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English: It became evident already in November that I have a project in Turkey in January, but the trip itself somehow arrived so fast. This time the project is through a different organization than my previous ones and it takes place in the city of Usak, which Turks consider to be a small town with ‘only’ 500 000 people. The topic is “Inclusion of disadvataged youth with art”. Tartu-Tallinn-Istanbul-Usak and we already got our first culture shock around the bus station in Istanbul: men screaming at you on the streets, people smoking absolutely everywhere no matter if it is a street or a cafe or whatever. Maybe it was only that place but we will see. The bus ride from Istanbul to Usak took 8 hours and when we arrived we already took a power nap. After that we decided to walk around, cause other countries hadnt arrived yet. It was evident that the culture is so different and no one really speaks English. The first evening already brought some negative surprises about the organizational part: accommodation was dirty, the laundry was not cleaned, problems with food etc. On the second day the situation didnt improve that much and the language barrier was probably one of the reasons. Also, people do not care about the schedule and what complicates the logistics is that the accommodation and the venue with activity room etc are so far from each other. The whole eating thing is funny as well: for breakfast we got like a few slices of cucumber, some olives and slices of cold fries – are you kidding me. Luckily we got the whole project part going and other participants are really cool as well and we already had our first party the first evening. Most of the next day was spent doing group activities and analyzing things and later we with some people went to drink traditional Turkish tea and eat some dessert – the desserts are reallllly sweet, but you wouldnt really see overweight people on the streets. The street view is much different: on basically every corner you see a mosque, most women have their heads covered, 5 times a day there is a call for prayer from the mosques, “Ezan” and there are many homeless dogs running around. The project schedule is all over the place, but we’ll see, maybe things will still improve.

To be continued…

hello 2017

Juba n√§dalake oleme omadega olnud aastas 2017. Ausalt √∂eldes pole siiani v√§ga sellist tunnet, nagu oleks uus aasta, aga mis siis ikka. J√Ķulud perekeskis m√∂√∂da saadetud saabuski see aastavahetus k√§tte. Pmst kuni viimase n√§dalani polnudki v√§ga kindel mis 31 siis saama hakkab, aga l√Ķpuks toimus ikka klassikaline Niine √ēlleka Aastal√Ķpu Gala (pikk jutt) ja nagu ikka, siis enne 00.00 kuuse alla kogunemine ja kuigi algselt plaanis polnud, sattusin veidikeseks ajaks Vana Kinno ka. Tore – mis muud. √úlej√§√§nud aeg Haapsalus saigi veedetud puhates ja kooliasjadega tegeledes, sest nii kui 2017 kukkus, siis hakkasid t√§htajad peale lendama.

Ja paar muud asja veel toimunud.

Juba olengi Tartus tagasi ning j√§tkame asja tantsu lainel, sest meil on n√ľ√ľd Erroriga uued ruumid ehk: meil on ruumi! Nii p√Ķnev, sest tulemas on talveetendus veebruari alguses ja igasugused v√Ķistlused ja asjad, woop!

R x

English: It has already been a week of 2017. Honestly, it still doesn’t feel like a new year, but whatever. Spent the Christmas with my family and then it was time for NYE. Up until like the last week the plans for NYE were still not sure, but still, in the end we had the classic Niine √ēlleka Gala (long story), as usual, gathering around the town’s Christmas tree before the clock strikes 12 and although it was not in my plans at first, I went to the party at Vana Kino as well. Cool – what else. The rest of the time I spent in Haapsalu was spent resting and doing school stuff, because as soon as 2017 came, all the deadlines also appeared sooo…¬†

And a couple of other things have happened as well. 

And I’m back in Tartu and we’ll continue with the dancing thing, because we now have enough room! Yup, got ourselves new practice halls and all. So awesome, because we will have our winter showcase thingy at the beginning of February and competitions and stuff coming up as well, woop!