What is Ramadan?

I’ll try to make it short, I promise! Here it goes … Ramadan (or Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this month Muslims worldwide fast to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic and it means scorching heat or dryness.  Although Ramadan … Continue Reading

Visiting the Governor’s Office in Kayseri

As a volunteer, I’ve got the chance to meet some important people from Kayseri. Volunteering is fun, creative and full of rewards, but if we want to keep it that way, we need some support from the local authorities. This EVS project that brought me here, is a premiere for Kayseri, and we need to … Continue Reading

The Archaeological Museum in Kayseri, Turkey

  Although Kayseri isn’t exactly a city full of museums, it’s a important point on the historical map of Turkey. The Kayseri Archaeological Museum features findings from nearby Kültepe (ancient Kanesh, chief city of the Hatti people and the first Hittite capital). The Hittites were an Ancient Anatolian people who established an empire centred on … Continue Reading

Visiting Kayseri Provincial Directorate of Youth Services and Sports

Today we were at the Youth Services and Sports center, in Kayseri. The director received us with great enthusiasm, and invited us for a short conversation about our cultural differences and personal beliefs about religion. I think this is the most common discussion topic, especially with foreigners, and especially during Ramadan.  

My first day as a volunteer in Kayseri, Turkey

Since I’ve already wrote about how I arrive to Turkey here, this post is about my first day at IYACA NGO office and how I’ve got my perceptions straight about Kayseri social customs and lifestyle. I was looking forward to this day, because this was the first day as a volunteer for a NGO. And … Continue Reading