Whole week I hopped from one city to another in Europe. After Arnhem and Amsterdam, I paid a visit to Bonn, Cologne, and Brussels. Brussels was my final stop before I head back to Istanbul. In all these places I spent amazing time with my friends, colleagues and met fantastic people for the first time.
I didn’t want to share what I experienced all these few weeks in just one post so I will try to write as much as I can in different posts.
Although current political situation is not in favor of my country, wherever I went I witnessed that we could still find a common ground once we have a dialogue. This is why I always believe in the power of intercultural relations. I asked all my foreigner friends not to give up on Turkey. I hope these dark times all around the world come to an end soon.
Last week I also did my first interview via Skype for ProjectPost30. I liked the quality of the voice, but I will try to make it better.
This week is going to be a bit hectic, full of meetings. I am also excited about a new project we will begin working on to sustain gender equality in workplaces.
Below you will find my discoveries from last week:
Book: The Culture Map
I love working in multicultural environments. Although I have been to many places around the world, it always fascinates me when I learn something about a culture. Erin Meyer’s book The Culture Map is such an enlightening book for those who want to know more about how different cultures differ in reacting to the same situation, what is the mentality behind it.
TV Series: Billions
Gingers are not my types, but I have been in love with the actor Damien Lewis since the first time I saw him at Homeland. I felt pretty sad when he had to leave the show 🙂 But since last year he has been starring the Billions as a hedge fund king (Bobby Axelrod) in NY. The series tell the story of the fight between Bobby and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades. Great story and acting.
New place to be: Au Soleil
Located in Saint Jacques neighborhood of Brussels (which is one of my favorite), this cozy cafe and bar attracted my attention first by its name. Au Soleil means “To the Sun.” Then after I got into the place, I was amazed by the atmosphere and the food.
It is not so likely to bump into street animals in other countries but what also made me fall in love with this place was their cat.
Word: KY (Kuuki Yomenai)
This is a Japanese word which means one who cannot read the air. To be more clear it is someone who lacks the ability to read between the lines.