new year| turkey pt 1

Türki minek selgus juba novembris, kuid trip ise tuli kuidagi väga kiirelt kätte. Tegu jälle projektiga, seekord läbi Noored Ühiskonna Heaks organisatsiooni. Toimumiskohaks türklaste jaoks ‘väikelinn’ Usak oma 500 000 inimesega ja teemaks “Inclusion of disadvataged youth with art”. Tartu-Tallinn-Istanbul-Usak ning esimene kultuurishock Istanbulis kätte saadud: tänavatel karjuvad mehed ja üleüldine lärm ja muidugi see, et igal pool suitsetatakse, olgu siis siseruum, kohvik jne. Ehk oli see vaid äärelinn, aga eks näeb. Bussisõit Istanbulist Usaki kestis 8h ning kohale jõudes saime kiirelt oma ööbimispaika, kuhu jääme nädalakeseks. Powernap tehtud, otsustasime linnas ringi jalutada, sest esimesel päeval pidid enamus teised riigid saabuma. Kultuur on ikka hoopis erinev ning inglise keelt väga keegi ei valda. Esimene õhtu tõi ka esimesed ebameeldivad üllatused korralduse osas – toiduga oli probleeme, toa wc ning voodid ebahügieenilised jne. Teisel päeval olukord eriti ei paranenud, ühelt poolt põhjuseks keelebarjäär – inglise keelt räägitakse vähe, kui sedagi ja raske midagi selgeks teha. Inimesed ei pea ajakavast kinni ja selline segadus ikka vahepeal. Logistika teeb keerulisemaks see, et ööbimiskoht ja tegevuskoht asuvad üksteisest päris kaugel. Söömisega on ka naljakas, hommikusöögiks saime paar külma friikartulit, 5 oliivi ja kolm kurgiviilakat…are you kidding me. Õnneks saime projekti osa siiski käima ja teistega tuttavaks, rahvas on õnneks väga normaalne ja õhtul tuli juba esimene pidu. Järgmise päeva veetsime projekti asjadega tegelemisega, ehk siis erinevad grupitööd, analüüsimine jne. Õhtul läksime osa rahvaga traditsioonilist Türgi teed jooma. Türgi magustoidud eesotsas baklavaga on ikka räme magusad – samas tänaval ülekaalulisi inimesi ei hakka väga üldse silma. Tänavapilt on üleüldiselt ikka midagi muud: iga nurga peal mosee, enamus naistel pead kaetud, 5x päevas kõlab üle linna moseedest “Ezam” ehk kutse palvele ning kodutuid koeri on väga palju ringi jooksmas. Projekti ajakava on ka ikka täiesti üle kivide ja kändude, keegi sellest eriti kinni ei pea.

Jätkub…

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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…

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