The Best of Turkey and the Greek Islands

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While much is written about the poor relationship between Greece and Turkey, epitomized by the divided island of Cyprus, at local level there are no such problems. There are numerous islands on the Turquoise Coast, many not far from the Turkish Mainland. Many are very small and uninhabited. Those that have a population are exclusively Greek and there is regular daily contact between the Greek population and their near neighbours, Turks. They happily co-exist and tourists coming to the area can sail these seas going backwards and forwards between Turkey and Greece.
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Getting inspired at the Reiswerk Excellent Student Congress in Turkey

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Last Friday we went to Amsterdam Schiphol very early (05:00am) in the morning to take-off for Antalya. The reason for this trip was to attend the Reiswerk Excellent Student Congress for 4 days with a big group of excellent university tourism students and tourism professionals.

In Antalya (turkish Riviera) we got accommodation at the 5*star Hotel Titanic Deluxe in Belek. This was an amazing stay, since we were one of the first guests at this Super Deluxe All-Inclusive hotel – the waterslides were fun assured, and the food was amazingly delicious (especially the desserts)!
But let’s get to the point, it wasn’t all about the hotel. More important were the people who attended the congress and what they had to share with us.

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Students of TIO University of Applied Sciences (from left to right: Niels van der Heijden, Renate Rigters, Annemay van den Heuvel, Maggie Luiten and Edgar Fluijt)

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Rare shoes

Did you ever buy any clothes or shoes abroad, thinking you’ll never find anyone back home with the same handmade local fashion?

Well, half a year ago I went to Kuala Lumpur and I visited a place named Central Market. There I bought these beautiful Indian sandals of which I thought I wouldn’t find other Dutchies wearing them as well.

This weekend I was in Belek, Turkey where I met a Dutch girl, Petra Horsch, who asked me if I bought my ‘rare shoes’ in Kuala Lumpur…

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