Reasons to Fall in Love with Rome (+Pisa)

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What will pop out in your head when someone shouted Italy? Mine will be Colosseum, of course. I know this historical landmark maybe since I was a child, from interactive children encyclopedia my parents gave me. But turns out, Italy is so much more than the world’s famous amphitheater. Here I gave you some reasons why I (and you should) fall in love with Rome.

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Paris is Different Than I Expected

PARIS IS DIFFERENTTHAN I EXPECTED

Paris, finally. They said it’s a city of love, a city of light, a city of fashion, and a city of dream. Its famous Eiffel Tower has been the wallpaper of my desktop and phone during my adolescence time. Quote said a bad day in Paris is better than anywhere else. Audrey Hepburn also once said, “Paris is always a good idea.” But is it tho?

I came to Paris with millions of excitement. I have these high expectations of Paris. I picture Paris just like in the Midnight in Paris movie. But people say, set your expectations low.

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Tulip Everywhere as Spring Bloom in Istanbul

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All my life I believe that tulip came from The Netherlands, but that was all wrong. Tulips were imported in the 16th century from the Ottoman Empire aka Turkey into the Netherland. Turkey and tulips were like something that can’t be separated. Under the reign of Sultan Ahmed III, Turkey was known on its Tulip Era. That time, tulip was very popular, it also became a symbol of power and wealth, portraying the Ottoman Sultans.

The name tulip came from Persian word ‘Tulipan’ that means turban. It was because in those time, the sultans wore tulip on their turban, also tulip shapes quite similar with turban. Until now, tulip or known as lale in Türkçe plays an important rule to Turkish art and culture. Tulip is also the national flower of Turkey.

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The Beauty of Edirne, Former Capital of Ottoman Empire

Edirne Blog Post

Been living in Istanbul for 6 months, I often mistaken the city of Edirne to Edirnekapı, a district in Istanbul. Apparently Edirne lies 224km away from Istanbul and has so many histories. It all started on 125 CE when a Roman emperor, Hadrian built the city and named it Hadrianopolis after his name. But Edirne is known as the capital city of Ottomans Empire for 90 years, before Sultan Mehmed II moved the capital to Constantinople (now Istanbul).

Since I live in Turkey, traveling to Edirne was never crossed my mind, until my friend asked me to join a one day trip managed by Masyarakat Indonesia Istanbul (Indonesian Society in Istanbul). Because of the affordable cost, I immediately said yes. We rent a private bus and the 3 hours trip wasn’t boring, because we had fun singing and get to know each other.

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The Day I Met FC Bayern Munchen Team & (Almost) Watched Champions League

Champions League - Besiktas vs Bayern Munchen

I notice that most people have two favorite football team that they support. The first one is the team that they support undoubtedly, watch the match every weekend, and go crazy about it. The second one is the team that they support because of certain players or just because supporting only one team is not enough. For me, the first is Arsenal and the second is FC Bayern München.

To be honest, I forgot when is exactly my support for FC Bayern grew. But I know clearly why I love this team. Because I like Germany National Football Team and most of the FC Bayern players are also play for Germany NT, so yes that was one of the reason. The other reason is because Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm, I love to see them played with FC Bayern. But with or without them, it is always a pleasure to watch FC Bayern plays.

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Reminiscing History in Eyup & Pierre Loti

Reminiscing History in Eyup and Pierre Loti

Centuries ago when the Ottoman Turks successfully conquest Constantinople, Eyup was their first Turkish settlement. Located just outside the city walls and near the Golden Horn, Eyup has a perfect location, then and now. The name Eyup itself comes from Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, a friend of Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Fast forward to 21st centuries, I happened to lived in the Constantinople, which have changed the name to Istanbul. On the sunny day of my winter break, I went there and explore the area as I reminisced the history.

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Playing Snow and Ski at Uludag

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Winter break is coming! I got a week off from the boring routine of school and decided to visit Bursa and its famous snowy mountain, Uludağ or Great Mountain. In the ancient time, Uludağ was called Mysian Olympos. The other name of Uludağ was Keşiş Dağı means ‘Mountain of the Monks’ because the mountain served as hermitage to Christian monks.

Since I live in Istanbul, Uludağ is just a vapur (ferry) away. To get there, I need to go to Bursa first, but wait for my story about Bursa. To reach Uludağ, just take buses from city centre to Bursa Tefferüç station and take the teleferik (cable car) to Uludağ ski resort. Bursa Teleferik is 9km long and the longest cable car line in Turkey and the world world. It costs 38TL for round trip journey, but if you have Turkish student card, you could get discount to 27TL.

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Art Museum in Istanbul

Art Museum - Istanbul

I like to visit museum since I was young. But not gonna lie, since the Instagram day I visit museum more often and take some photos for the sake’s of my feeds. But hey, I also take some time to appreciate the work and trying to understand it. Since my moved to Istanbul, every weekend (if I am not lazy) I Googled on what place should I visit. Google came up with so many art museum suggestion. 3 months living in the city, I’ve visited 3 different art museum.

İstanbul Modern

This is the first art museum I visited in Istanbul. I knew this place from an exhibition advertisement poster in the bus stop. It was the advertisement for The 15th Istanbul Biennial. I then Google it and registered for the exhibition. Istanbul Modern was one of the three exhibition venue for the event. I chose to visit Istanbul Modern because it was Turkey’s first museum of modern art.

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Dolmabahce Palace: Relic of the Ottoman Empire

Dolmabahce Palace

I am a fan of anything related to royal things; princess, prince, and the palaces. This royal things always fascinated me. I always dream of visiting Palace of Versailles in France and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. I get excited to know more about the story behind the palaces and imagining how it looked like when real royal family still lived there.

So as a student who live in Turkey, I have the chance to visit some of the palaces. Turkey was known of its Ottoman Empire. Two of the most famous palaces are Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace. I’ve been to Topkapi Palace when I visited Istanbul back in 2015. The Topkapi Palace is not as luxurious as other palace, but this palace gave me this emotional feelings. But this time, I am going to tell about the Dolmabahce Palace.

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