Last Thursday we had a great time in the common room cooking with Seda Baskurt. Seda conducted a wonderful workshop on Turkish cooking. In this workshop, we learned how to make Kisir Salad and Yaprak Sarma. Kisir salad is a delicious appetizer which is made of bulgur which is a cereal food made from the groats of wheat, fresh vegetables, and citron which gave it had nice tangy taste. We helped Seda with washing and cutting the vegetables after several efforts by Carola in motivating us to do so 🙂 Yaprak sarma is a traditional Turkish fingerfood which is made of rice cooked with some spices, olive oil and tomatoes. In the beginning we were not sure how to turn on the stove for cooking the rice, but luckily we figured that out with the help of several suggestions. Finally, the cooked rice is rolled in grape leaves in finger-shaped rolls and they are boiled in a sauce until it is perfectly cooked. As making the rolls is a slow process, a lot of us decided to give hands so that we can eat faster 🙂 Finally, it was eating time and all the efforts and handwork was worth it. We would like to thank Seda for this wonderful Workshop and looking forward for similar delicious workshops in the future.
Meeting Carola at an event was just sheer chance…however, my interaction with GiT has been going on from much before I knew them as GiT. I remember walking into the dance class (conducted by Richa, who was then an active part of GiT) and noticing something special among the rest of the participants. They had a peculiar chemistry among themselves that I could not put a name to. They were visibly not related by blood, so they were not sisters but they were much more than friends. It was as though they were part of a secret community that I was not aware of…
And yes, I was right (though the community is not a secret after all). What they shared was a bond that made them a family, a bond I recognize from back home but missed deeply when I moved to the Netherlands. It was such a pleasure to be amidst such a community, Oh, how much I enjoyed it! But as things would have it, I could not continue with the dance classes and I realized that what I missed most about the classes was the amazing positive energy.
Meeting Carola, I realized who the source of all the positive energy was. So much liveliness, so much love, so welcoming and warm…it seemed like a miracle that she was just one person…in the sense that how could one person have so much to give? I then met up with the GiT group again and it all just fell in place! I revisited the memory I had of them from the past and could finally connect the dots. In no time, I felt like I too belonged with them too. I personally think it is a very rare and very unique ability that both Carola and Iro have. They just put you at ease and make you feel at home right away! They open their arms and welcome you into their world, both literally and figuratively. And what a beautiful world the GiT world is!
Leaving a familiar place and moving countries to start a new life is a very challenging process. Add the fact that you were a busy bee with a fulltime job and a bustling social life and have all the time in the world now, there you have it – the perfect recipe for disaster in the making. In my own personal experience and in my interactions with other Group members, I see this pattern. Thankfully, being associated with GiT not only makes us feel we belong, it also gives us opportunities to keep busy and explore areas we probably would not have explored by ourselves. I think it makes us richer in ways that cannot be quantified, and personally, I feel that those experiences are by far the best ones!
INTRO CAROLA’S CORNER IN 100 WORDS
Today I ‘ll start with a new rubric: ‘Carola’s Corner’. In this Corner, I would like to reflect regularly upon Get in Touch past, present and future. Each time in max 100 words.
Seems like yesterday .. Silke Georgi and me discussing plans for a warm social support for international spouses. Their needs & wants should be leading. A personal approach and an equal level, is what we believed in. We found the same enthusiasm in Willem van Hoorn (TU/e) in one of our regular catch-up talks. Now, just over 3 years ago .. on 24th of March 2011 to be precise .. we launched our very 1st Git Meeting, conducted by Silke, in the location of Indigo-Wereld. Few months later this 1st group pic. Many would follow ..