Thursday, July 26, 2007

My first visit to Turkey

What a hot day here in Ankara…. I almost forgot what it means to work in an overheated office, no air-conditioning… however, when I arrived yesterday, I realized what a potential Turkey really is. Observing the county from the air, the space, one needs to notice the emptiness, geographic position… you can tell, that this is my first visit here.
And than Ankara, endless streets of apartment buildings, lots of construction work, new airport which is quite empty, wide main avenue that reminded me of the size of the city I was entering… more people live here than in entire Slovenia…(unofficially over 5 million) and than my colleague Mateja kindly remained me of the fact that this is nothing comparing to Istanbul…. Turkey really has a potentials… especially because it is developing in waves, which means that there is a large potential for a sustainable long term progress even within the country itself…
The project I work for is the “clustering in Turkey” project. Being a leader for the communication group puts me in the position of an observer…. observing the local habits, behaviors, advantages and constrains of the Turkish culture…. great challenges and opportunities…
People have been, so far, very nice and opened… our first meeting and discussions went well… mostly young people, all well educated, open looks and cooperative energy… I hope my experiences will fit well with their needs and that we can make a quality contribution …
but the weather is really hot… they say that it is going to be a record high today…..

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