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A series of unfortunate (flying) events

I’ve boarded quite a lot of flights over the two years I have been in Turkey, more than I can count – actually I could but then I’d be horrified at my carbon footprints so I’d rather not (definitely more than 25 times only in 2015) – so it’s quite unexpected when I say I’ve had my fair share of unfortunate events in terms of delays and cancellations, some about which I still have nightmares. Different airlines have different conditions when it comes to cancellations and delays but what I’ve noticed is that they do tend to somewhat resemble each other although do check the conditions of the airlines you’re flying with just to be sure in case of a pinch.

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Funnily enough, my most recent Ryanair flight was quite trouble-free

For most, you tend to be eligible for a refund depending on the situation except for ‘extraordinary cases’ which seems to cover everything from bad weather conditions to strikes to air traffic restrictions, and of course, which seem to usually be the most common causes for delays and cancellations other than overbooking – you’re fucked basically. You’re however entitled to food and beverages for the waiting time, accommodation in a hotel if necessary and compensation if you’ve waited for 2 hours or more (again, airline-specific). Doesn’t make it any better especially if you’ve got a meeting schedule for the next day, or in my case, a day planned at London Zoo to meet some old friends (human and non-human). It has however gotten me into the habit to always check the status of any scheduled flight a few days before flying, which in my opinion is one of the most important things when flying. Also make sure that the airline has a contact number and/or email where you can be reached in case of an emergency. Most of the time, communication will be in the form of a text message or email, or both.

From: Ankara

To: London, via Istanbul

Airline: Pegasus Airlines

What happened: An attempted hijack of a plane to bomb the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, leading to the closing of the whole Istanbul Air Space.

What I learned: Always keep a clean pair of underwear in your handbag, just in case. Continue reading A series of unfortunate (flying) events

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A startup guide to studying in Turkey

This page is mostly directed to potential Mauritian students (thinking of) applying for further studies in Turkey but is more or less applicable to others thinking of doing the same. I’ll update this space as and when necessary, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions not covered below. 

Over the past two years, I’ve had several students being directed to me regarding further studies in Turkey, which is why I have decided to compile here a list of questions that usually come up during our conversations, and some that I felt one should know before moving to Turkey. If you’ve reached this page, it probably means that you’ve already sent your application to the concerned organization, have had your interview and just received the email informing you that you have been accepted to study at a university in Turkey. If so, congratulations! If not, I wish you all the best.

So why Turkey? Continue reading A startup guide to studying in Turkey

Where I disappeared to these last few weeks

Hello everyone!

First of all, no I haven’t dropped off the surface of the Earth although I came close to that. I haven’t been very active lately and for those of you that were wondering why (I sincerely hope you exist), the reason is, I’ve been busy adult-ing. After spending the first half of this year jetsetting around Europe mostly to Austria, Germany, Hungary and Cyprus and my amazing trip to Mauritius to attend the wedding of the year (in my honest opinion), I spent the whole of June trying to finish writing up my research – the reason I move and actually live in Turkey. And today, I actually finalised one of my papers and I have never felt so proud. I’m currently working on two projects at the moment: one about the spatiotemporal trend of rainfall in Turkey and the other about landslide risks in the Black Sea Region; both of which will be submitted (and hopefully be accepted) for publication. My summer at the moment is looking like it’s going to be filled with more research and some travel – the two best things of my life at the moment. My parents are spoiling me with yet another trip to Mauritius and I’ll be spending August in Germany mostly, with the occasional trip (hopefully) to Prague, Vienna and Copenhagen amongst others.

I’m definitely going to be around a little bit more as from now, unless I die from food overdose during my holidays in Mauritius – I’ve already sent my mother a list of food I’ve been craving for. Although if you’re missing me THAT much, I’m  usually much more present on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than here.

Until then,

Happy Travels!