Today’s photo for this free artwork project was snapped in Istanbul. Can’t you tell, those are Turkish birds?
I am using this project to connect with people from around the world, share my artwork and hopefully brighten someone’s day by bringing something online to life, to someone’s hands, eyes and home.
If you would like to have an original print of this photo (4″x 6″) sent to you or a friend by mail for free leave a comment below telling me which country you live in. One commenter will be selected to receive this print by post. Yayyy, FREE ART!
I love street art and thought I would share a few of my favourite pieces discovered at home and in my travels. In no particular order, here they are! Enjoy!
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Casa Grande, Arizona
You know you travel too much when… & why I love the Nippon Hotel…
UPDATE APRIL 28, 2012
I’m currently living in Bari, Italy and am very happy to find & recommend another Indian eatery. Everything I need to satisfy my curry craving is found at Rajni Sonkar- Ristorante Indiano. This will certainly tide me over for the next 6 months!
In honour of Diwali and my true love of Indian food, I’ve decided to share a list of my favourite Indian restaurants in world. Dishes like palak paneer, aloo gobi, mutton masala & samosas are like comfort food to me and no matter where I travel to, I can always find genuine Indian hospitality and a good chef!
I had some excellent food pics to share with this blog post but lost them when my iphone was stolen in Rio de Janeiro recently; so you’ll have to make do with the links below and share your own photos sometime! (Lesson: sync everything, always!)
In no particular order, my favourite Indian restaurants are:
I had a brief love affair with my neighbourhood Indian bistro, Heavenly Bites in North Burnaby, which sadly closed last year due to family illness. More recently I’ve been frequenting Simply Curries in Vancouver which proudly supplied the Olympics with samosas!
Happy Diwali & Bon Appetite!
दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं & बोन अप्पेतित
Au Pair with TESL certification required in Istanbul! Not your average au pair job! This position requires an au pair with a TESL certification and some university and/or teaching experience to live in and teach English to a family of 4 in Istanbul. The home is lovely and centrally located along the Bosphorus, close to all transportation. A second family home is located outside the city. The family consists of 2 children: 10 year old girl & 13 year old boy plus mom & dad. The children have some basic English skills whereas the parents have none. The job posted below is perfect for someone who likes children, has lived overseas before and has some previous teaching experience!
Contract: 3 months – 1 year
Hours: full-time - 5 – 6 days / week approximately 7 – 8 hours / day of teaching, planning and spending time with the family
Students: Family (2 parents + 10 & 13 year old children)
Salary: app. $1200 USD / month + room & board
Housing: private bedroom in family home
Required: TESL + some university and/or teaching experience
Duties: Spend time with the children in English, lesson planning for family & individual needs, provide structured and non-structured English learning opportunities for the family.
Start: As soon as possible
The family employs a housekeeper and the teacher is not expected to do any housework or cooking. The teacher is welcome to eat with the family or cook for herself. Candidates should keep in mind that this is a flexible, cultural experience and meant to be an opportunity to develop curriculum and experience while learning about Turkish life and culture!
The ideal candidate should be 25 – 30 years old, friendly, have previous teaching experience plus a TESL certification. The family prefers a female teacher.
Additional benefits include paid accommodation & medical insurance & Turkish lessons.
Interested candidates should forward their CV and letter of motivation to info[at]euroconnect.ca.
I thought I would post a few quick thoughts on the hotels I stayed in recently. Hotels in Europe can be quite expensive and vary greatly in quality and service.
Note that the Canadian dollar prices have been calculated on Oanda using the daily exchange rates plus the typical credit card rate of +2%.
Which is the winning hotel? Check it out below!
Price: €110 EUR / night = $176 CAD
Included: Everything! Delicious Turkish breakfast buffet, wireless internet, fitness centre (not that I use it!); business centre
Location: Taksim – walking distance to many appointments as well as restaurants and transit and shopping. This hotel is located in the heart of the old city and tourist area of Istanbul.
Comment: Very comfortable; friendly, helpful service; clean and modern.
Price: €149 EUR / night = $234 CAD
Included: Tasty buffet breakfast; internet additional €12 EUR / day = $19 CAD; business centre, fitness centre and swimming pool all at extra cost
Location: Berlin city centre, walking distance to conference hotel, shopping, restaurants
Comment: Comfortable enough but very, typical European small rooms, unfriendly staff and no doorman to help with luggage or hailing a cab. For more Euros than most people want to spend, I expect better service and at least a smile. But I’ve learned, expect less in Germany.
Price: €76 EUR / night = $120 CAD
Included: Nothing, internet additional €17 EUR / day = $27 CAD
Location: Zurich North, convenient to my appointments as well as good access to airport and trains; nice restaurants nearby but limited shopping.
Comment: Comfortable small boutique hotel offering friendly service and clean, basic, super-modern but non-luxurious rooms (think Ikea style). Considering the low price, this is an excellent option; I’ve stayed here before and will stay here again. Much better value and far more comfortable than the Swissotel up the street.
WINNER: For “a stylish stay”…Nippon Hotel for sure!!
Business on the Bosphorus
I’ve been in Istanbul all week long; working hard, devouring the food and enjoying the genuine Turkish hospitality. I probably should have taken some time to see the sights but I really would rather spend my time working, chatting and eating with students, colleagues and friends.
I was lucky enough to be invited to enjoy a lovely business dinner with an agent at a posh restaurant along the Bosphorus Strait. My low-grade iPhone photo proves just how fantastic the view was! Had I brought my real camera and tripod I surely would have more interesting photos to share. Either way, it was an evening full of good food, good business and good company!
Turkish food is diverse, evenly spiced and very palatable. Tea, assorted cheeses and breads round-out most meals. My new favourite snack, found often at donair shops, is içli köfte and ayran which I’m unlikely to find in Vancouver. Ayran is a yoghurt-like drink (think buttermilk but thinner and foamy-ier) and içli köfte is similar to a kroket – a sort of pastry stuffed with savoury minced meat and deep-fried. Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete with out mentioning baklava – wonderful, sticky, sweet Turkish desserts full of nuts and honey.
Michael Jackson – This Is It!
In between meetings and trade fairs, I bought a ticket (just 8 Turkish Lira!) to the world premier of Michael Jackson’s This Is It docu-concert in Istanbul. I kept myself awake until midnight on opening night and headed down to the Cine Majestic theatre on İstiklal Caddesi in Taksim to catch the event. The show was electric; full-of contagious old-Michael music, dance moves and effects! This Is It will remind the world just why Michael Jackson will forever be known as the King of Pop. Too bad I was only one of 20-some people in the theatre that night! I thought Turkey had more love for Michael!
It’s now exactly one week post-arrival in Istanbul and I’ve loved every minute of being here. Soon I’ll depart from Ataturk Airport (IST) with Lufthansa; I’m off to Berlin for the industry-famous ICEF Workshop for more work, more great food and more great people!
Teşekkürler, Turkey & friends! I hope to be back soon!
Another small-city teaching job – this time in Turkey!! Edirne is a European-like city of about 130,000 people in the westernmost part of Turkey along the Greek border. The job posted below is perfect for someone with a sense of adventure and previous teaching experience!Job DetailsContract: minimum 1 yearHours: full-time / Monday – FridayStudents: 12 – 18 years of ageClass size: 20 – 30School size: 550+ studentsSalary: app. $1700 – $1900 CAD / monthHousing: on-campus dorm or off-campus apartment, meals not includedRequired: Bachelor’s degree, TESL or CELTA, previous teaching experienceAdditional benefits include paid accommodation, medical insurance & flight.I can tell you from personal experience that Turkish people are a lot like Turkish food – sweet and lovely! If you’ve ever had dessert in Turkey with Turkish friends, you’ll know exactly what I mean!Contact Euroconnect to apply!Want to teach abroad? How about in Korea?