Every day, I meet a lot of people at my job as a customer advisor. I conversate with a lot of them and it doesn’t always concern work. Some people really inspire me to follow my travel dreams. Welcome to the weekly updated ‘#inspired’ series. This edition: Melek.
Melek is a Dutch woman of Turkish origin. Melek means angel in Turkish and that suits her very well. She’s a very kind and generous woman who lives in the city of Rotterdam. I arrived at her home to help her with television and wifi problems but from the moment I stepped through the door to her house, I knew this conversation was going to be different. As soon as she offered me to sit down and have a drink, we started talking about our lives.
She told me about her cultural background and she explained the difference between Turks in the Netherlands and the Turks in Turkey. It was very interesting to hear her insider views on the behaviour of the Turkish people. She also told me how kind and hospitable Turks are.
Want to know more about Turkish kindness? Read about it on Caroline’s blog!
Since I’m going to Turkey next year (spoiler), I became more and more excited about her stories. When I finally told her that I was going to visit Turkey, she recommended all kinds of cool places and she told me she’d planned a trip to Turkey as well! When I told her about the prejudices some Dutchmen have about Turkey, I received a very wise answer. ‘The only way to get rid of your prejudices is to see it for yourself’, Melek said.
‘The only way to get rid of your prejudices is to see it for yourself’, Melek said.
When she asked me if I’m studying, I explained to her that I was going to study medicine but that I gave up on that to travel the world. Melek was very intrigued by my story. I told her how I don’t want my life to be an endless track of school and work. I shared my thoughts on such an ‘expected life pattern’. She told me how she’d broken that pattern herself as well. I was so inspired. It’s great when you can talk to someone who sees things just like you. ‘Following your dreams is the only way to achieve happiness’, she told me.
‘Following your dreams is the only way to achieve happiness’, she told me.
I’d noticed the beautiful oriental decorations in her home and when I asked about them, she told me they’re all from Turkey. Everything from a beautiful golden phonograph to a marble relief was to be found in her home. Man, this experience got me so excited about my trip to Turkey!
(The header image is taken in Tirol, Austria)