Who am I??

DSCN0449There are no such things in life as coincidences or innocent events. Even if we try to avoid entering some doors, we will end up in the same, initially rejected rooms, embraced by our destinies. The foggy fate is watching our steps and directing them towards the accomplishment of the purposes of our lives. Which is the purpose of my life? What is my mission? I don’t know yet. But I know where I should look for it. In the bazaar… It’s not an option, it’s a fact.

I have been unconsciously attracted to the so-called Orient since my early years. My favourite cartoons were “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”. Furthermore, in the 5th grade my “most successful” descriptive essay, published in the school’s newspaper, was depicting olive trees, dunes, oasis, mosques, spicy fragrances and endless summers, inspired by the “1001 Arabian Nights”. My fascination has never faded away… Long after, it burst into my life by mistake, a fortunate mistake. Even though I dreamt to become a psychologist, I ended up (still don’t know how) studying international relations. In my second year of university I participated in the European Parliament Simulation, working on the issue of human rights violation in Iran. That was the moment when I became aware of the stereotypical representation of the Muslim societies and decided to write my Bachelor thesis about westernization and orientalism, trying to debunk some Western myths related to the majority Muslim countries and to Islamic culture. Turkey was one of the case studies of my thesis, and a year after it turned into my temporary home, as I was undertaking an internship in Turkey.

Who am I? I’m a Romanian citizen, studying in Italy about Turkish politics… determined to learn Turkish and to understand Turkish realities. I’ve created this blog in order to motivate my “inner Turk” with sugar and words. With lokum (Turkish delight) and Turkish language. Why Turkish Delight Bazaar? Because this blog is a bazaar, where you can find diverse posts related to Turkey, from Turkish language lessons, issues, study materials, short translations  to cultural “sweets”, curiosities, facts, news… Because I’m delighted to learn Turkish and about Turkey… Because I love Turkish delight, and even more, a few years ago a very kind Turkish woman called me lokum.

Before starting, I must add that I’m neither a Turkish teacher nor an expert in linguistic, consequently this is not a professional language blog… I’m still learning Turkish and I intend to transform this blog into a personalized learning tool. Therefore, Turkish Delight Bazaar will provide you learning methods sweetened with cultural Turkish lokum. Learning and sharing. Learning and enjoying. Learning and delight. Turkish delight. A colorful bazaar with countless types of Turkish delights.

34 thoughts on “Who am I??

  1. turgayevren says:

    I checked some of your blog posts and I found them so useful. I am so happy to see a blog about Turkish culture and language as an English Teacher, and a writer who contributes to English Literature through the songs, poems, and stories he writes. We all enrich each other and get enriched when we collaborate to contribute to each other’s background. I hope you will also visit my wordpress blog and check what kind of works I have been creating in English. 🙂
    Wish you the best of everything in your journey of Turkish.

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  2. KALKI says:

    “Believe, love, act, and may hope be the soul of your actions. Beyond this earth is a world of souls, a more perfect life. I know it; We all come from there. But it is not enough to aspire to it. In order to reach it again, one must begin by bringing it about here below, first within yourselves, then in mankind. With what? — With love, with active charity.”
    Turkey, well, this country for you – a native person romanian, who came from a latin language – this can be a proof about inconditional love and someone who believes in the reincarnation of the soul. Maybe this can explain your attraction for this people. And yes, you are right. All the best for you and be happy. Go behind your dreams. =)

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  3. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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  4. Hello Oprea,
    I read your blog’s “About” page in addition to some other posts. It is a nice blog and now I am following it. I wanted to recommend you two books to understand Turkish culture and how it influenced and get influenced by other cultures. It is a topic which may bring some new perspectives on your interest. First one is, “Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe” by Nurhan Atasoy. The second one is “Turkic Speaking Peoples” by Ergun Cagatay. In my blog, “Ilgilerimbilgilerim” I am planning to write on these topics soon. In case you are interested you can follow it.
    Good luck with you blog and learning Turkish 🙂
    Unsal

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  5. Hi Iulia,
    Your blog is captivating…you create that special something, taking your readers into a fascinating journey, not only to the sweet and flavored oriental world, but also to discover you, a lovely person, very talented and creative.
    “1001 Arabian Nights” was the book of my childhood (my grandmother used to read me, she was fascinated by Arab world) and lokum…I adore lokum, I could eat tones 🙂 ! I visited Greek Islands this summer and Turkey is planned for the summer of 2015. Thank you for sharing your passion and your talent, you brought a smile to my face trough your writings.
    I also wanted to thank you for following my blog, I’m honored and I’m looking forward to visit more of your lovely Turkish Bazaar.
    Best wishes,
    Cari

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    • Thank you very much Cari for the nice words! Positive feedbacks brighten up my day! I’m sure you’ll have an unforgettable journey next year…Once you experience the Turkish way of living you can only fall in love with it…Until then I hope my blog posts will keep your curiosity alive!
      Best wishes!
      Iulia

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  6. Hi !
    Enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for connecting with me 🙂
    Have you read James Joyce’s Araby ? Its a short story you might like…I love oriental markets too 😀 Wl let you know how I liked Grand Bazaar soon…
    C ya

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    • Hello Arundhati:)
      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed reading my blog. As for Araby, you made me curious. I haven’t read it yet. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m looking forward to read your experiences.
      Greetings!

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      • Happy New Year Lulia ! How are you doing ? Have not heard from you since long.
        My turkey trip in October had been a great one. But its so huge an experience, I am still not sure how to write about it in my blog, from where to start. Any help ?
        How’s your language learning going on ?

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      • Hey Arundhati! Sorry for the late answer. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip. In case you haven’t decided yet how to start, although I guess you already did, I suggest you to write down your feelings and emotions related to your experience. And, of course, have fun! 🙂

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  7. Hello

    Your blog is very cool and interesting. I am a journalist working in Turkey. I like reading stuff about Turkey. It’s culture and language is amazing.
    Thanks for the good job!!

    Kolay gelsin!!!

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  8. Hello, Iulia. I am so glad you like “Among Armenian Ruins”, if only because it has led me to your blog, which I am reading with great interest. You are certainly getting to grips with Turkey very well and you already have many interesting posts. Also, you have been to some places which I like very much, especially in eastern Turkey. If you look at another of my Word Press blogs, one called “In search of unusual destinations”, you will find more posts about eastern Turkey (e.g. Mardin, Nusaybin and many small villages).
    “In search of unusual destinations” also has posts about your home country, Romania, which I like very, very much! So far, I know only Timisoara, Targu Mures and Transylvania quite well, but soon hope to go to Bucovina and Maramures!
    Good luck with everything! Phil.

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    • Hello! I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed reading my blog and especially that you enjoyed travelling to my country. 🙂 By the way, Targu Mures is my second hometown, as I lived there for a few years. Maramures and Bucovina are worth to visit if you are in search of a more traditional experience. I also reccommend you to visit Transfagarasan, which was called by Top Gear the most spectacular road in the world and don’t miss cities like Sibiu (it hosts many cultural events, festivals-every weekend) and Brasov.

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  9. Hi Julia
    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a like on my latest post, it certainly opened a window for me into your blog 🙂 . Your Rhythm of Istanbul is so appropriate to a wonderful city, I’ve only managed to visit the City twice, but still have so much left to discover…….. so will have to go back……
    Thanks again
    http://www.4otomo.wordpress.com

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  10. I’m back enjoying your blog some more! Excellent stuff.
    We’ve fixed the fortnight in Romania: Cluj-Napoca (1 night), Maramures (3 nights), Gura Humorului (Bucovina. 3 nights), Suceava (1 night), Viseu de Sus (2 nights) and Cluj-Napoca (2 nights). To follow up on your excellent suggestions we will have to return – but returning is very, very likely! Sibiu is amazing – and I have a real soft spot for Targu Mures. Brasov is very beautiful.
    Stay happy! Phil.

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