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ABOUT

 

Hello, my name is Arzucan.

I am an ocean lover, adventurous traveler, freelance-writer, hobby-photographer, epicure, aspiring tanguera, human rights advocate and environmental activist currently studying Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

μεράκι (meraki):
(n.) the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work


My heart beats for the beauty of this planet; for its stunning nature, for its wonderfully diverse people and cultures, and for its soul-touching strong rythms and arts.

I was born in Berlin, Germany, a city with a bold combo of glamour showcasing a vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and incredible history. In the past 100 years alone Berlin has staged a revolution, headquartered fascists, been divided, then reunited – a past that feeds the city’s experimental character. Growing up as a Turkish girl in the multicultural district of Neukölln in Berlin has shaped my life in ways I could have never imagined possible. My interest for politics, global development, human geography and multiculturalism is hence distilled in my drinking water and I spend most of my afternoons working on projects that explore the intersection of these topics.

I love photography; that being said, I am by no means a professional photographer, not even close to having that title, but I absolutely adore capturing the essence special moments with my rusty camera lens: Besides that, I have filled about a dozen of notebooks with short stories and little anecdotes. I strongly prefer pen and paper over the laptop, but, oh well, we are in the 21st century, right? I hope to one day have experience in helping to do the delicate work of nurturing a start-up, discovering my own business passion, and bringing it into the world in a mindful way.

I strongly believe in the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy body, tea in all variations is my life elixir and one of the few things I like to collect besides from orchids postcards and ethnic jewellery.  Having mentioned the environment, I have to confess that there is nothing on this planet that I love more than the ocean. Waves, beaches and the underwater world captured me in a ban that is impossible to resolve. My passion for the sea inspired me to become a scuba diver and I am currently training to achieve my certification as an Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Argentine Tango has become my addiction and the air I breathe. I am a university student during the day and a fierce tanguera at night, sometimes dancing away entire weekends. Nothing is more beautiful than feeling the abrazo and energy of your partner,  giving in to the vibrant and passionate music from Buenos Aires, and writing a story without words at a traditional milonga.

Like many people of my generation, after living and studying all over the world (Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, Hong Kong), I do not know where “home” is and there is no personal discovery I would rather make than finding a place or person to call truly “mine.” For now, however, the great big world is still calling me and just as there are still a few pages in my passport waiting to be filled, so is this blog waiting for more stories.

That was me. I would love to hear more about you!

Arzu