This is Emre Örendil, an enthusiastic MUNer from Istanbul, Turkey. I will be updating this diary throughout my summer internship at MUNPlanet Headquarters. I hope you will enjoy reading it :)
Day 19 (23.08.15)
Today, I had flight at 12:20 PM. Before boarding
to the plane, I gave a quick thought about how accurate it was to
decide coming here instead of having a sea-sun-sand holiday. I will not
repeat once more why this internship period was literally awesome for
me. I just want to thank again Vlado, Dusanka and everyone at the office
for their hospitality and all the good manners they had showed to me.
If you are interested in being a part of MUNPlanet family, do not miss
the next opportunity!
Day 18 (22.08.15)
Early in the morning, my parents left for their flight and I met Vlado at 2:00 PM. This was the tastiest lunch I had ever had so far; we went to Intergalactic and I had a large hamburger filled with four different kinds of cheese which was literally amazing. After it, we turned back to Knez Mihailova and I ordered a cup of ice cream with crunched Plazma and caramel. Surely, my stomach was having one of its best days (the case may not be the same for my liver). At night, it was time to go to the Beer Festival which was the most visited festival in the South Eastern Europe. The last night was spent well with music, dance and half of the friends from the office.
Day 17 (21.08.15)
The last day of the internship… After
accomplishing the webinar successfully yesterday, I had a bittersweet
feeling because of reaching to the end. I was happy for fulfilling my
tasks –at least in my opinion-, meeting great people and building unique
friendships, experiencing an adventure that may be acquired so rare but
also I was sad for leaving the beautiful city of Belgrade and what is
more important these nice friends. As the clock was showing 4:00 PM, it
was time to say goodbye to my colleagues. We left the office and I, my
family, Dusanka, Dusanka’s family and Vlado headed to a restaurant which
had an amazing view. Since it was on the top of a tall building, I was
able to see nearly all of Belgrade. It was followed by a dinner at
Monument where they bake one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever
tasted. A Friday night could not be better; family, friends, and tasty
Day 16 (20.08.15)
The day had come; I was going to experience my first webinar experience. I was a bit excited before the rehearsals but as we were on air, I felt myself much more comfortable. By the help of this webinar, my comfort zone had been enlarged. I and Stefan had a webinar of around 30 minutes which was moderated by Vlado. It was strange to talk to a camera and receiving no reply at the beginning but I got used to it as the webinar continued. We shared our experiences in here and talked about how both MUN and MUNPlanet help our daily lives. It was a pleasure for me to be in such a great project.
Day 15 (19.08.15)
For the lunch, we decided to have a take-away. So, we walked for 10 minutes and ordered our meals. While waiting for them, we gave a quick visit to the only mosque in Belgrade. It was built more than 450 years ago (around 1575). The mosque was small and its interior design was simple but nice. After this visit, we took our food and turned back to the office. I started to prepare myself for the webinar I would be holding the following day.
Day 14 (18.08.15)
It was a regular work day, until I and Milan went out for a lunch. We sat at Glumac (meaning “actor”) which was close to the National Theatre and I ordered a crepe with a filling of Eurocrem, Plazma and banana. It had a shape of one fourth circle sector and its taste was a-maz-ing! I admit that it was really sweet –too much sweet- and I got some hardships in finishing the whole portion but it was worth. I would be disappointed if I did not have the chance of trying it. After the work, my parents gave a visit to our office and met the group of the nicest people in Belgrade. All together, we went to the bohemian quarter of Belgrade (Skadarska Street) and stopped by a very nice restaurant named Tri Šešira. The building when was first built was used as craftsmen shop, whose logo was three hats (tri sesira) and that is why the restaurant that started working in 1864 was named TriŠešira/Three hats. The meal was very delicious; meat and chicken were all tasteful, especially the dessert at the end. Crème Pita was a very good choice for the summer months. Between the three layers of crunchy pita, crème is placed and on the top layer there is a sauce made of raspberry. The day ended following our extended tour of Kalemegdan with the historically informative guidance of Dusanka.
Day 13 (17.08.15)
It was difficult to wake up early in the morning after a relaxing weekend but it was time for work! The weather was cooler in comparison to the last two weeks and it ended up with a heavy rain again later in the evening. Having entered to the last week of my Belgrade adventures, it was a bit sad to think that I would be leaving here six days later. As happy news, I can say that my parents and aunt were coming tonight. They arrived in flat as 8:30 PM and we went out for a dinner. When I saw them, I realized how much I had missed them. Then we left for a dinner and the rain was already started…
Day 12 (16.08.15)
Sunday was a good occasion for having a visit to Nikola Tesla Museum. As you all know, Tesla was a science man into electricity, electric conductance and electromagnetism. We arrived there half past two and they told us that there would be an English tour starting at three o’clock. So, we decided to wait. The tour started with a short but informative documentary about Tesla’s life. Then, we had the chance of experiencing how effective a 500 kV coil could be even if it is not in contact with anything but just air. After observing some more attracting experiments, we went to a café to drink frappe with Plazma. Plazma is a very tasteful biscuit and they crunch it in order to mix with the liquid part. As I got to home, I continued writing my study guide for the next conference I would be chairing. After a while, it started raining cats and dogs. I was happy for the temperature would decrease a little in the following week.
Day 11 (15.08.15)
Sleep, sleep, sleep… It was like a cure to sleep until 10 AM and relieve all the exhaustion I had. Vlado and I were about to go to Ada but it was too hot. So, we waited until afternoon and got there at 5 PM. There is an island (Ada) in the middle of the river. They formed an artificial lake by connecting this island to the land from two points. We went in the water, it was not very cold but still it was great to fresh a little on the hot summer day. As we were turning back, we were hungry and decided on having a slice of pizza. We were full now but there is one thing that nearly no one can resist: Desserts! Vlado told me that there was an ice creamery near my flat and it was very famous. Upon his recommendation, we went toMoritz Eisand I had the chance of experiencing how delicious it was. I tried crema Fiorentina, walnut and chocolate; which was a great way to end the day.
Day 10 (14.08.15)
Today was the end of my second week at the MUNPlanet Headquarter. The time here flows so quickly that it feels like I have been here for less than a week. I got hungry today quickly but waited for everyone until the lunch break. We went to Manufaktura, a restaurant at the closer edge of Knez Mihailova to Kalemegdan. I ordered lamb cooked in sač. I was familiar to this cooking technique and wanted to see how it was here. When I tasted the dish came in front of me, I just said “It was worth to wait!”. It was as delicious as the ones I was eating in Turkey. At night, we went to a café which had a nice view that was serving the Sava River with all its beauty. This was a good day to start a good weekend.
Day 9 (13.08.15)
Today, the work was a very tiring. I had to outreach as many people as possible beside my daily tasks. That is why, I was in a rush but it was again 4 PM quickly indeed. Being in an atmosphere that in everybody gets along well and approaches with sense of humour, could be one of the best chances for experiencing the first office internship. While walking back to home, I realized how tired I was. The high temperature caused by the torrid Sun of Belgrade should be the main reason of it. Only one day had left for the weekend!
Day 8 (12.08.15)
The weather in Belgrade is so hot that people mostly prefer going out early in the morning or after 4 PM if they do not have important works to do. Luckily, it is better relatively to the last week. After the work ended, we went to Belgrade Arena (the largest indoor stadium in Europe with a capacity of 25,000) for watching the basketball match between French and Serbian national teams.
As the clock showed 20:30, the game started with French domination but by the end of the first period, there was a balance between two teams. However, in the following three periods, Serbia was leading the game and at the end of forty minutes, the winner of this this international friendly was Serbia. For me, it was a great occasion to see two of the best European basketball teams at once.
Day 7 (11.08.15)
Today, I would like to stress out the warm atmosphere of the office. In the room my desk located in I work with Vlado, Milan, Nevena, Marija and Marko (on Fridays).
Today, we have another team mate here, Ioanna. She is an example of how a person can be funny and hard working at the same time. Before coming in Belgrade, I was thinking that Vlado and Dusanka were sincere but I found out the truth a bit different… They are much more warm-hearted and also everyone in the office is super hospitable, full of good manners and gentle!
What I generally do is to reach my daily targets set by Vlado. They are predominantly:
Creating 3 answers, 3 questions, 2 event pages, 10 comments;
Keeping the diary up to date,
Preparing an article of different topics,
Outreaching 20 MUNPlanet members.
Although they may seem routine and as a result boring, I can surely say that they are not because receiving information about interesting topics, thinking about the points you have not thought before and exchanging ideas with people having different mindsets; are creating a workload which keeps your mind active at all times.
Day 6 (10.08.15)
Today, I want to talk about something very important and essential for the ones living to eat rather than eating to live, instead of telling how the first workday of the week was. (Shortly, you may guess that waking up at 7:00 AM becomes much harder when you are just back from a weekend full of vivacious activities.)
In every country, there are always new places to see, new experiences to have and new people to know. I had already denoted how much I have liked the places and people in Serbia so far. Yesterday, I discovered something really delicious and new for me: EUROCREM! It consists of the parts each being white or brown. The brown section is just like Nutella but the white one… It tastes so great that I cannot explain by words. If you have not tried it yet; find it, get it, and eat it! I will be taking a bucket of it to the home.
Day 5 (09.08.15)
Sundays are for a bit of laziness! After having a late and extended breakfast, we went to the swimming pool and chilled down. Thanks to the cold water, I was refreshed and renewed by getting rid of the all the fatigue I had. At 20:00, we had a bus leaving for the capital city Belgrade. I mostly slept, actually fell asleep, throughout the travel. At the end of three and a half hours, we were in the city center. Then I just stimulated by the bitter fact: The work was awaiting us next morning!
Day 4 (08.08.15)
After recovering ourselves from the exhaustion of the last night, we went to the pool built in the Yugoslavian period. It was carrying out the attributions of the time. After that, we went to Ovčar Banja, a village in the municipality of Čačak.
The nature captivated me quickly and I just got fascinated by the peaceful scenery while we were walking along the river.
We took a boat trip which provided us a time out to relax and enjoy the beauties of the nature.
In the evening, Guča was waiting for us! We again had good times at the festival and turned back home at an exhausted state.
Day 3 (07.08.15)
Thanks God It’s Friday! Having completed my internship this summer, I understood how important the weekend is for working people. Even though I was not working for the whole week, getting adapted to a new environment must have wearied me out. Today, I was excited because as the clock showed 16:00, we would rush to the bus station for reaching our destination; Lučani which is the hometown of Dusanka. After a joyful trip of three hours and a half, we finally arrived in the terminal and walked to Dusanka’s house. At home, Dusanka’s parents welcomed us with such a very best manner that after a while I started to feel like I had been living there for a long time. We -Vlado, Dusanka, Ionna, Lamprini- got out after a delicious dinner and headed for the Guča. While on our way, I had the chance of observing how warm this 5k populated town was. Due to a being small community, Dusanka able to know most of the people and we were not passing by each without saluting them. Here the journey begins! The celebrations started even on the bus and I was completely surprised in a good way as we got to the festival area in Guča.
We danced all night, what we call horon in Turkey, is spelled oro here and I was glad to realize how much we have in common once more. There were all kinds of brass everywhere and the music coming out from them was so joyful that it was possible to understand from the countenance of each participant. After we were drained in energy-wise, we took the bus again and concluded this beautiful day.
Day 2 (06.08.15)
Today I woke up with the enthusiasm of going to work. I was supposed find the way out to the office and, luckily, I did not get lost in the captivating streets of Belgrade. I was assigned my first serious tasks to be finished by the end of the day. During lunch break, we got out of the office to eat burrito.
The photo above was taken just after the meal. (You can see how happy we are, especially Milan.) Having observed for a while and talked to my colleagues, I realized how Serbian language, culture and cuisine were similar to the Turkish ones. This may be the real globalization and unity of nations; sharing much in common and preserving them in peace.
Day 1 (05.08.15)
This is the first day of the internship, sorry, the first unique day I should have said. Vlado accompanied me from the flat I am accommodating in. The flat is furnished in such a cute way and its location could not be better because it is on the main pedestrian street of Belgrade named Knez Mihailova and only ten minutes to the headquarters on foot.
I am lucky indeed for accommodating literally at the heart of Belgrade. As we arrived to the office, the present members of the MUNPlanet Team have welcomed me very sincerely. After having met all, it was time to work. I was installed to my table where I would be working with Vlado, Milan, Marija and Nevena. As the day ended, we went out for getting some refreshing drinks with Vlado and Nevena near the Sava River. When I got back to my new home to be for the next three weeks, I was feeling the happiness of being in this team consisting of well-meaning and cordial people.