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Goodbye Bosnia

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Ok it’s time to go now. My next stop is Albania and I am leaving my Bosnian superstar life here. Special thanks to Sanja for being such a nice friend and company here for me. I don’t know what could I do here without her. Another amazing thing was the hostel. The owners of “Theatre hostel” were like my Bosnian family. Remember this place and stay in “Theater hostel” in city center if you make your way to Sarajevo one day. They are super friendly and they have a very interesting story. They also need more visitors in hostel since they need money to see their son in Spain. Just stay there and you will be very happy I guarantee you.

And the picture you see is the backyard of my possible future house to write my book. This is Pocitelj. A village in the middle of nowhere with full nature and less civilization. There are only 15 families living here and the village survives by art. Artists from all around the world comes here to stay and do their thing. Village gives the accommodation and food but they have to leave their artworks here so village can sell them to survive. It’s basically the same concept with what I am doing in design companies. So today I met with the guy who is coordinating this system. He is very interested in my story and probably I will start writing my book here soon. I can also take other artists with me if anyone is interested to have a break out of their usual life. (contact with me if you are also interested) They are always open to new artists and possibilities. But first I should make a plan, schedule everything and present them what will we do for them. So they will say yes or no at the end.

After 2 design talks in universities, 2 magazine interviews, tens of websites and portal news, A special party named “a a Koktel” A big trip with an individual cameraman to make a film of “A day with Designer on the road”and 6 tv shows including one live broadcast talk show, I am finally going to Albania.

I never thought that the most extreme thing in Sarajevo will be getting out of here because there is no direct voyage to Tirana from here. No flight no bus. There was a flight with one stop in Istanbul but it was way too expensive. More than 500 dollars. I couldn’t buy that so the only way was taking a bus from Sarajevo to Novipazar in S覺rbia. From there I switch the bus and go to Pristina – Kosovo. And from there another bus to Tirana – Albania. It was a quite extreme idea since I can’t even get all these tickets and I had to buy them one buy one on the road. But we didn’t know the exact times for the buses or they are available or not.

Yesterday I met with one of my Turkish friends Ayeg羹l who came here for an event. She told me that one of the guys from the event will go to Montenegro in Monday with car. We reached this guy with a friend of Ayeg羹l by calling his phone. He told that I can join him till montenegro. Then I can take a bus from there to Tirana. So it sounds much better with the car till Montenegro. I already bought my ticket to Sirbia for 22:00 but who cares. I trust this guy named Darko and hopefully everything is gonna be alright.

Designer on the road from Sarajevo wishes you all the best.

See you in Albania!

 

Buras覺 Pocitelj. Sanat癟覺lar覺n gelip 羹rettim yapt覺klar覺 ve bedava yaad覺klar覺 k羹癟羹k bir k繹y. Sadece 15 ailenin yaad覺覺 kay覺p ve gizli bir cennet. Sanatla beslenen ve bu ekilde hayatta kalan bir ortam. Muhtemelen yolun sonunda geri gelip kitab覺m覺 yazaca覺m yer. Oturduum yer belki de bir ka癟 ay sonraki evimin avlusu.

Program覺n kordinat繹r羹yle bug羹n g繹r羹t羹m. Bana ve hikayeme 癟ok ilgililer. Hatta T羹rkiyeden baka sanat癟覺lar覺 da k繹ye getirmemi istiyorlar. Resim ya da Heykel ne yaparsan覺z yap覺n t羹m malzemeler k繹y taraf覺ndan size verilecek. Yemek ve kalacak yeriniz de olacak. Sadece sanat覺n覺z覺 yap覺p yapt覺klar覺n覺z覺 burada b覺rakman覺z gerekiyor. Kulaa g羹zel geliyor deil mi? Hayat覺n覺zda g羹zel bir ka癟amak ar覺yorsan覺z, kaybolmak ve kendimi bulmak istiyorum diyorsan覺z bana ula覺n. En az覺ndan k繹ye T羹rkiyeden u kadar sanat癟覺 getirebilirim diyebilirim. 羹nk羹 yeniliklere ve t羹m olas覺l覺klara 癟ok a癟覺klar. K繹y羹n fotoraflar覺na blogdan, Designer on the road facebook sayfas覺ndan ya da benim instagram hesab覺mdan ulaabilirsiniz.

Ayr覺ca bug羹n Bosnada son g羹n羹m. 3 haftal覺k s羹per star yaant覺m覺n sonuna gelmi bulunuyorum. Canl覺 yay覺nda bir talkshowa konuk olmak, 6 farkl覺 televizyon program覺nda yer almak, 2 dergi r繹portaj覺, 2 tasar覺m okulu sunumu, onlarca internet sitesi haberi, benim i癟in 繹zel yap覺lan 癟a癟a koktel partisi ve 繹zel bir kameraman ve ekip eliinde Designer on the road ile bir g羹n video 癟ekimleri ile burada Michael Jacksondan farks覺zd覺m.

K覺sa bir Bosna Hersek 繹zeti yapmak gerekirse buradaki 3 haftam beni tepetaklak etti. Yolda hep beklentilerinizden farkl覺 eyler buluyorsunuz, buna al覺覺覺m ama Bosnada bu durum 癟ok u癟 durumdayd覺. Baz覺 eyler beklediimin 癟ok 癟ok daha alt覺ndayken hi癟 beklemediim bir 癟ok baka ey hayat覺m覺n ortas覺nda olabilecek en 羹st d羹zey ekliyle yerini ald覺. Malum baz覺 insanlar bu sat覺rlar覺 okuyaca覺 i癟in 癟ok fazla burada yazam覺yor ve yoldaki t羹m yazamad覺klar覺m gibi bunlar覺 da kitaba sakl覺yorum. Sadece unu yaz覺y覺m da kendime de hat覺rlatma olsun: Sanja olmasayd覺 ben burada ne yapard覺m bilmiyorum.

Gelelim 癟覺k覺a D羹nyan覺n her yerinde 癟覺lg覺nl覺klar yapan ben burada kendime bir 癟覺lg覺nl覺k bulamad覺覺m覺 d羹羹n羹yordum. Ta ki Arnavutluk biletime bak覺ncaya kadar. San覺r覺m Saray Bosnan覺n en u癟 olay覺 Saray Bosnadan 癟覺kmaya 癟al覺mak olacak. 羹nk羹 buradan Tiranaya direk bir sefer yok. Ne otob羹s ne u癟ak Hi癟 bir ey! T羹rk hava yollar覺n覺n bir u癟a覺 var ama buradan 襤stanbula geliyor ve sonra Tiranaya gidiyor. Fiyat覺 500 k羹s羹r dolar. Tabi ki imkans覺z. Bulabildiim yolsa otob羹sle 繹nce S覺rbistanda Novipazara gitmek. Oradan baka bir otob羹sle Kosovaya Pritinaya gitmek ve oradan da bir baka otob羹sle Arnavutluk, Tirana ge癟mekti. T羹m bu otob羹slerin biletleriyse buradan al覺nam覺yor ya da saatlerini kontrol edemiyorsunuz. Sadece ilk dura覺 al覺p gerisiyle oralardaki terminallerde halletmek gerekiyor. Yer kalmam覺sa. Otob羹s gittiyse, baka sefer yoksa zorlu anlar beni bekliyor olacakt覺. Ama d羹n burada bir etkinlie gelen arkada覺m Ayeg羹l bana etkinliklerinde Karadaa arabayla gidecek olan birinden bahsetti. Ayeg羹l羹n bir baka arkada覺 arac覺l覺覺yla telefonla 癟ocua ulat覺k. Arabas覺nda yer olduunu ve beni Karadaa g繹t羹rebileceini s繹yledi. Ben de bu gece 22.00淄a S覺rbistana olan biletimi yakmaya ve yar覺n sabah bu 癟ocua kat覺lmaya karar verdim. Adam覺 g繹rmedim, tan覺m覺yorum. Asl覺nda yapt覺覺m ey basit癟e telefonda olur gel diyen birine g羹venmek. Yar覺n sabah onun otelinin 繹n羹nde buluaca覺z. Sabah oraya gittiimde 癟ocuk orada olmazsa ne yapaca覺m bilmiyorum mesela. :) Neyse sonu癟 olarak 癟ocuk beni Karadada otob羹s terminalinde b覺rakacak ve muhtemelen oradan Tirana bir otob羹s bulabileceim. Umar覺m her ey yolunda gider.

Designer on the road, Bosnadan bildirdi. Sevgiyle kal覺n.

Best day in Bosnia

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Welcome to my best day in Bosnia. Sanja, Jasmina and me, we grab the selected lucky students from my lectures and had a great trip in Bosnia. We started from visiting important locations of Sarajevo.

Bosna Hersek’deki en harika g羹n羹me ho geldiniz. Via Media’dan Sanja, Jasmina ve ben sunum yapt覺覺m okullardan se癟tiimiz 5 ansl覺 繹renciyi de yan覺m覺za alarak harika bir gezi d羹zenledik. ncelikle Saray Bosna’n覺n 繹nemli mekanlar覺n覺 ziyaret ederek balad覺k.

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This is the team for the trip we had. Well it was a great trip located in Sarajevo,Pocitelj and Mostar… We also danced everywhere we went but this is the time I started this funny thing. I was dancing in front of the cars that stopped in red lights. They liked the show :) So we decided to do it everywhere we go.

襤te gezi ekibi. Saray Bosna’dan balayan gezimiz Pocitelj k繹y羹 ve sonras覺nda Mostar’a kadar uzand覺. Gittiimiz yer yerde de dans etmeye karar verdik. Bu karara neden olan eyse sada g繹r羹羹n羹z benim k覺rm覺z覺 覺覺kta bekleyen arabalara yapt覺覺m k羹癟羹k g繹steriydi.

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Here we dance again in the mountain. We were planning to go abandoned Olympics area but because of the heavy fog we cancelled it. :( It was one of the must see places for me and it’s a shame that I couldn’t go there in 3 weeks.

Saray Bosna dalarla 癟evrili bir ehir. Ve d羹nyan覺n en g羹zel terk edilmi mekanlar覺ndan biri var bu dalarda: eski olimpiyat alan覺. Buras覺 mutlaka gitmem ve g繹rmem gereken yerlerden biriydi listemde. 3 haftada buraya gidememi olmak ne 羹z羹c羹. Gene gidemedik 癟羹nk羹 a覺r sis bast覺rd覺 ve 繹n羹m羹z羹 bile g繹remiyorduk. Oraya 癟覺ksak hi癟 bir ey g繹remeyecektik. O y羹zden yar覺 yoldan d繹nd羹k. Tabi 繹ncelikle dans rit羹elimizi ger癟ekletirdikten sonra.

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Meet with Ado. He is an award winning director from Bosnia and he was the guy who was shooting our day. Via Media hired him to shoot a video like “A day with Designer on the road” I will also share it as soon as possible when the editing is finished. It was the first time I had an individual cameraman recording my trips during the trip. And it is also the first time that somebody else will do the editing for me. How awesome is this!

Kameraman覺m ve dostum Ado ile tan覺覺n. Ado 繹d羹ll羹 gen癟 bir y繹netmen ve “Designer on the road ile bir g羹n” filmini 癟ekmek i癟in t羹m g羹n bizimleydi. 3 senedir geziyorum hayat覺mda ilk kez bir kameraman覺m oldu. Ayr覺ca editing’i de onlar yapacak. B羹t羹n g羹n kendimi gezi program覺 sunucusu gibi hissettim. 襤nsan onu bunu 癟ekme kayg覺s覺 olmay覺nca ne g羹zel geziyormu.

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After Sarajevo we came toPocitelj. It’s a village all made of stone and has a unique Ottoman architecture. Only 15 families living here in the small houses located in mountains. No Mc Donald’s or no supermarkets here. Just pure nature and village life. Super silent and peaceful. It looks like a place out of this time period. It’s like a time travel to be here. Or teleporting into an Assassin’s Creed video game.

Saray Bosna’dan sonraki dura覺m覺zPocitelj. Buras覺 tatan yap覺lma Osmanl覺 mimarisinin hakim olduu muhteem bir k繹y. Dalar 羹zerine kurulmu bu irin yerde sadece 15 aile ya覺yormu. Migros yok Mc Donald’s yok. Buras覺 g羹n羹m羹z d羹nyas覺n覺n t羹m kirlilikleri ve sa癟mal覺klar覺ndan uzak bir yer. Zamanda yolculuk yapmak gibi. Doal ve huzurlu. Sessiz ve bar覺癟覺l. zg羹r ve 繹zg羹n.

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Azra drawing sketches of the tower. Meanwhile I’m trying to get some nice pictures…

Resim 繹rencisi Azra kalemi ka覺d覺 癟覺kar覺p tarihi kulenin bir eskisini 癟izmeye bal覺yor. Bense 癟ektiim fotoraflar覺 kontrol ediyorum.

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Local people offered us some coffee and they took us a trip in the village. I think I will miss this coffee brakes in Bosnia.

Yerli halk覺n kahve ikram覺yla k覺sa bir mola veriyoruz. Fincan fincan kahveler geldik癟e gelmeye devam ediyor. Bosna Hersek’lilerin kahveye olan d羹k羹nl羹klerinden bahsetmitim. San覺r覺m bu kahve aralar覺 burada en 癟ok 繹zleyeceim eylerden biri olacak.

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If you climb the tower on the right picture, you will see the view on left picture.

Sadaki kuleye 癟覺k覺nca soldaki manzaray覺 g繹r羹yorsunuz.

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A place where I can get lost and write my book. It’s a small village made out of stone and only 15 families living here. Perfect place to disappear! This village actually lives by the art. Well they have a system that many artists coming here and living for sometime. Village gives them accommodation and food and they create their art works here. They leave whatever they create and village has the economy to survive by selling these art works to art lovers.

Bu k繹ye d羹nyan覺n her yerinden sanat癟覺lar geliyor. K繹y onlara bar覺nak ve yemek veriyor. Kar覺l覺覺nda sanat癟覺lar 羹rettikleri ileri burada b覺rak覺yor. K繹y bu eserlerin sat覺lmas覺yla ve turizm ile ayakta kal覺yor. Yar覺n bu sistemi koordine eden insanla tan覺aca覺m. Bakal覺m kitab覺m覺 burada yazmak i癟in anlaabilecek miyiz? Heyecanl覺y覺m.

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Painting or Sculpting. No matter what kind of art you do. Village gives you the all materials you need. So you don’t carry stuff with you. You do your thing and enjoy your life in village. That’s super amazing for me because it’s almost the same thing with what I am doing with advertising agencies or design offices. So we will discuss possibilities about writing my book here.

Resim mi heykel mi? Her ne olursa olsun k繹y size sanatan覺z覺 icra etmeniz i癟in gerekli t羹m malzemeleri tedarik ediyor. Siz sadece sanat覺n覺z覺 yap覺yorsunuz ve k繹y羹n keyfini 癟覺kar覺yorsunuz. Bu muhteem bir ey 癟羹nk羹 neredeyse benim reklam ajanslar覺yla yapt覺覺m eyin ayn覺s覺. Bakal覺m kitab覺 burada yazmam m羹mk羹n olacak m覺?

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Here we are in Mostar. Mostar is an interesting place. Looks more national and unique. Maybe a bit smaller than Sarajevo but it’s more local and interesting.

Mostar 癟ar覺s覺. Kumalar hediyelik eyalar falan… Mostar ilgin癟 bir yer. Saray Bosna’dan tabiki daha k羹癟羹k ama bence daha yerel ve ilgi 癟ekici.Mostar ayr覺caBosna-Hersek’teHersekb繹lgesinin en b羹y羹k ehri.

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And the legendary Mostar bridge. This bridge has been destroyed by Croatians in war. But it’s reconstructed and that’s why it’s called as “New old bridge” today. The Mostar name also comes from this bridge and it has given the name to the city as well.

H覺rvatlar taraf覺ndan savata y覺k覺lan Mostar k繹pr羹s羹 asl覺na uygun olarak yeniden ina edildi. yle ki k繹pr羹n羹n sulara g繹m羹len talar覺 dalg覺癟lar taraf覺ndan 癟覺kar覺l覺p ayn覺 ekilde tekrar kullan覺ld覺. Baz覺 talar su alt覺nda uzun s羹re kald覺覺 i癟in k繹pr羹de yeniden kullan覺lamasa da ayn覺 ekillerde yeniden 羹retildi ve k繹pr羹 bug羹nk羹 haline kavutu. Bu y羹zden k繹pr羹ye “Yeni eski k繹pr羹” de deniyor.

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Mostar remembers Old Bridge on 20th anniversary of destruction like all the previous years and somebody jumped from the bridge again. No politicians were in the event. The bridge was destroyed in war 1993. But in 1997 it was reconstructedagain with the helps of several countries including Turkey. The new Old Bridge connects riversides, but not people. It has been 20 years since the bridge was destroyed, and today politicians are still doing everything to keep people separated along ethnic lines.

Bosna Hersek’te 羹nl羹 bir k繹pr羹 var ad覺 Mostar. Bu k繹pr羹 Mimar Sinan’覺n 繹rencisi Mimar Hayreddin taraf覺ndan 456 kal覺p ta kullan覺larak 1566 y覺l覺nda ina edildi. K繹pr羹, 癟evresindeki kente ad覺n覺 da verdi. Mostar, Hersek b繹lgesinin ana kenti oldu. Tarihi boyunca k繹pr羹den atlay覺p elenen gen癟ler bunu bir gelenek haline getirdi ve k繹pr羹den atlayabiliyor olmak kad覺nlara kur yapman覺n ya da cesaretlerini kan覺tlaman覺n bir yolu haline geldi. 1993 y覺l覺nda k繹pr羹 savata y覺k覺ld覺 ama 1997′de aralar覺nda bir T羹rk irketinin de olduu bir grup irket k繹pr羹y羹 asl覺na sad覺k kalarak yeniden ina etti. Mostar K繹pr羹s羹, eski Mostar ehriyle birlikte 2005 y覺l覺nda D羹nya Miras Listesi’ne eklendi ve bug羹n hala k繹pr羹n羹n iki taraf覺 aras覺nda anlamazl覺klar ve k羹sl羹kler s羹rmekte, insanlar birbiri aras覺nda al覺veri dahi yapmamaktad覺r. H覺rvatlar nehrin bat覺s覺nda, M羹sl羹manlar ise dousunda yaamaktad覺r. 襤te bug羹n bu k繹pr羹n羹n y覺k覺ld覺覺 g羹n羹n 20. y覺ld繹n羹m羹yd羹. Her sene yapt覺klar覺 gibi bu sene de k繹pr羹den atlad覺lar. Hi癟 bir politikac覺n覺n etkinlie kat覺lmamas覺 da ilgin癟ti.

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We had lunch in a very nice restaurant next to bridge. A giant beef with mushroom sauce was my choose.

K繹pr羹 kenar覺nda g羹zel bir restoranda kocaman porsiyonlar覺 olan s羹per bir 繹le yemei bizi bekliyordu. Mantar soslu dev biftek benim se癟imimdi.

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Views from the bridge.

K繹pr羹den bak覺nca g繹r羹len manzara budur.

 

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Turkish dance in Mostar baby!

Dans rituelini burada da yapt覺m tabi.

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Then some more students came to restaurant to meet with me. They asked me questions about my trip and we shared ideas together. They are mostly programming based students but it was also very nice that even programmers are interested to know more about me and came here to talk with me. After the talking session we had a group picture in tower.

Mostar’l覺 羹niversite 繹rencileri ehirde olduumu duyup restoran覺 bast覺lar. Bu 繹renciler genelde programc覺 falan ama onlarla sohbet etmek ve fikirleri paylamak benim i癟in 癟ok 繹zel bir and覺. 1-2 saatlik muhabbetin ard覺ndan k繹pr羹de toplu fotoraf 癟ekindik.