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I’m not a religious person. There was a time where I actually practiced my religion, but I was never conservative in my views. I do love my religion, though, and having studied Islamic Studies and worked with historical texts, I do feel quite qualified to make statements about Islam.
Even though during the early times of Islam there was, obviously, no concept such as veganism that doesn't mean that it is un-Islamic, as many people seem to think.
A few weeks ago TopVintage, the leading European vintage inspired online store, held a giveaway. The prize was a complete summer look, including a dress, a swimsuit, two accessories, and a pair of shoes. Much to my surprise, I was the winner.
I was born and raised in Germany to a German mother and a Turk from Bulgaria who left his home country due to the lack of individual freedoms under the Communist regime. This background always made me different from the rest of the students at my high school in a medium-sized town in the north of Germany. I never felt fully at home and knew from an early age that I wanted to leave Germany.
When it comes to traveling, there are three types of people. The first group consists of people that don’t enjoy traveling. I have only met a few of them as they’re a rare species. The second group enjoys traveling for the purpose of relaxation. These people usually travel once a year to get away from their usual surroundings and often enjoy the comforts of a resort. The third group simply loves to travel and always yearns for new travel experiences. Traveling solo pretty much only concerns the third group.
After the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, even less informed people found out about the inhumane conditions under which workers in the fashion industry have to produce clothing for fast fashion brands. In reaction to the building collapse, which killed more than 1000 people, many politicians and NGOs spoke out against the way garment factory workers are treated. Even consumers started to voice their concerns. Unfortunately, the vast majority of clothes sold in Western countries is still produced by brands that want to maximize profits at all costs. Social and environmental sustainability only play a role when they can be used as marketing strategies.
Minimalism is the idea that reducing one's possessions and consumption will simplify one's life. By needing and wanting less, the need to earn money is reduced, and more time can be spent doing things one truly enjoys, leading to an improved quality of life.
I think that when I decided to move to Greece, this was in itself a minimalist decision. I got rid of almost all my possessions and arrived here with one check-in suitcase and one piece of hand luggage. This gave me an immense feeling of freedom.
When I was 12, River Phoenix died. Most people who were born in the 90s probably know his brother Joaquín better. In some articles that were published in teen magazines, it was mentioned that he was a vegetarian (actually, he was a vegan). I read about the reasons for this and decided that I would stop eating animals as well. I was successful for a few months, but then my mother got worried and told me that until I was an adult I would have to eat what she told me to. At the time, vegetarianism was a bit of a radical idea, so I assume that my mother was told by somebody that it's dangerous to be vegetarian and that I wouldn't get enough nutrients. I was disappointed, but I didn't have the energy to start a big fight about this.
I have always loved writing but have yet to find the perfect format for me. I have dabbled in song lyrics, journalism, academic writing (duh!), screenplays, poetry, and, most successfully, short stories. With regards to creative writing, inspiration would come and go, and my work as an editor at times turned me off of writing completely.
I hope that blogging will be a useful tool for getting back to regular writing.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.