Living and Working Within the Muslim Community

If you’ve been living all your life among Christians, then you cannot know exactly what the Muslim lifestyle is until you see it with your own eyes and live in their society. It’s different! It’s not worse or better, but most of non-Muslim people will find it very different. And most of the time we … Continue Reading

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

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

My first day 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

Welcome to Ramadan festival in Kayseri, Turkey

Yesterday me and Miriam, along with the other volunteers from IYACA, were at “Welcome to Ramadan” festival (ŞEHR-İ RAMAZAN), which was held in the Mimar Sinan Park. The park was named after Koca Mi’mâr Sinân Âğâ, who was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III.