Day 4 / Academic Day 1 (9. 04. 2018) by Nora Salman What happened on Day 4 after a weekend of arriving, getting first impressions and officially realising your presence in Istanbul? The participants were driven to a dreamful location in which the Grand Opening Ceremony took place, after putting on their finest occasion wear. … Continue reading The Grand Opening
by Katja Get-to-know games What a start to our 9-day student exchange! After everyone met their Buddy from the respective other team on friday evening, we were ready to go and explore Istanbul. However, before we split into smaller groups to see some hidden gems of the city, the Culture team had organized some games … Continue reading Great views, great food, and most importantly: great people!
by Felix Kreis Friday, 06th April 2018 03:45 am The day started early. Very early. On Friday, 06th April 2018, at 3:45 am the Konstanz IstKon group met at Döbeleplatz in Konstanz. The bus was ready to leave and almost everyone was on time and full of anticipation. But soon, some excitement arose, because a … Continue reading Between excitement and difficulties: Traveling from little Konstanz to big Istanbul
by Nora [Disclaimer: This is just an overview and there is no claim to completeness] -History- Today´s Turkish cuisine has a long history of developement: From the nomadic cook traditions of the Turkic peoples to a melting pot of Indian, Persian, Arabic and Kaucasian influences it offers a huge variety of specialities, which show similarities … Continue reading Turkish and German food – Part 1: „Don´t call it Turkish Pizza!“
by Mert Istanbul side of IstKon 2018, gathered together for “Team Building Evening” organized by PR Team in Kadıköy, where is one of the most dynamic and impressive place in Istanbul. The goal of our event was to establishing relations and spreading the dynamic spirit and joy of our upcoming Exchange in April between our … Continue reading Istanbul Teambuilding Event
by Sima Despite two world wars during the last century the world have gone through, a bunch of unique relationships have been established between Turkey and Germany. The existence of Turkish citizens in Germany, who’s number has reached over 3 million, and approximately 70 thousand German Citizens living in Turkey. This situation shows us the … Continue reading German Turkish Relationships
by Nora Turkish people know how to party! (Well, this is just my experience *side-eye to my friends*). But what are the occasions besides private weddings and their previous engagement partys, called Nisan? - Nora Here is a little overview of the main official holidays in Turkey: National holidays: Republic Day (29th of … Continue reading Turkish holidays
by Nora Sooner or later, you knew it would come up, the good old topic of alcohol: We all agree that this is an exchange between Turkish and German students 😉 Now, we will dive into the drinking habits of the two countries. In Germany, the most common alcoholic beverage is: BEER. It is made … Continue reading Between Raki and Beer: Drinking Habits in Turkey and Germany
by Nora German tradition of Saint Nicholas Germans insist on the narrative of Saint Nicholas going around the world on his sledge and filling the boots and socks of the little (and big) ones with small presents and sweets in the night before the 6th of December. When we think of him we are likely … Continue reading Saint Nicholas in Germany and its origin in Turkey
by Sima and Tracy Christmas, the biggest holiday for the majority of the world’s population, is upon us and comes with every day closer. We asked ourselves how Christmas is different in Turkey and Germany. How do people celebrate Christmas...? ...in Turkey? Turkey is a country with big significance in the history of Christianity, it … Continue reading How do people celebrate Christmas…?