Thursday, August 30, 2012

Studies in Turkey recognized

Few weeks ago I visited offices of University of Eastern Finland and handed out academic transcripts from Gazi university. Now I have been granted 19 ECTS from Turkish language studies and 20 ECTS from business studies. I completed 4 courses in business studies: Management Science 1, Production and Operations management 1, Production and Operations management 2 and Management Information Systems. Still I have to show that I have advanced worth 8 ECTS in my master thesis during my stay in Turkey and after that I can get CE-degree

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Similarities between Finnish and Turkish language

The famous fish lake in Urfa
Turkish has 60 million native speakers and it has some similarities with Finnish. According to Wikipedia similarities are that words do not have gender, you add to a word different endings and there is a rule how particular vowels fit to a word. There are also Turkish words what are written and said exactly in a same way in Finnish but have totally different meaning. Here few examples: nakit in Finnish sausages; in Turkish cash, sana in Finnish word; in Turkish to you,  rahat in Finnish money; in Turkish comfortable and sanat in Finnish words; in Turkish art.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Birthday of my blog

Little planet
Today is birthday of my blog. I have been writing now three years. Since April 2010 I have been following statistics about visitors in my blog and here I am going to share some statistics. I have had 3400 unique visitors in total. There have been visitors from 91 different countries so it have been a good choice to write in English. Top ten list how people have found to my blog are different variations of my blog's name Parmvoo, Ankara snow and hairy women.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paper work

Yesterday I handed out academic transcripts from my exchange year to my university so now I am waiting how many credits will be accredited. I reached B1 level in Turkish language so I have possibility to get CE-degree. I was glad to see that especially one guy in the language center was really excited about my exchange year experience.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


At the moment there is Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish) in Turkey. That means fasting for one month. One friend of mine who was still in Turkey explained me how fasting have effected to life in Turkey. People are more tense because of hunger, non smoking and hot weather. At eight in the evening all restaurants are prepared to serve dinner for people. Everybody is not following the Ramadan so during the day you can see people eating but less than normally. Especially following Ramadan for people living in Finland will be very difficult because there is very few hours without sun in Finland in the summer time.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Turkish breakfast

Breakfast table
While travelling in Turkey I had to eat breakfast outside of home and then the only option in the morning is to eat typical Turkish breakfast. Typical Turkish breakfast consists, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, two different kind of cheese, boiled eggs, white bread, bread  with meat or cheese stuffing, simit, different kind marmalades and tea.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

6 reasons to travel by hitchhiking in Turkey

Joanna with Kinga
On the road
My friend Joanna traveled a lot during her one semester stay in Turkey. It seemed that she was more time travelling than in Ankara. Luckily I got to know her in the short time she spent in Ankara. I think traveling around by hitchhiking Turkey was brave and impressive so I asked her to write a story about her interesting experience. Read on to find out how she survived.