BY EBI KRISTO (MAN/II)
Name: İhsan Mert Vural
Country of Origin: Germany/Turkey
What do you like best about Turkey?
I like the nature and the very strong willingness people have to help each other.
Are there any similarities between Turkey and your home country?
I think the weather between Hamburg and Ankara is quite similar, except for the extreme temperature differences between day and night in Ankara.
What will you miss most about Bilkent/Turkey?
At Bilkent I will miss the Erasmus students. It is so nice that we come from different countries, and I believe that is what makes the school so versatile. Overall, I will miss the call to prayer from the mosques in Turkey the most since I do not have that option in Germany.
What’s your favorite place on campus, and why?
The benches in front of Bilka. From there you have a very nice view of the city and of the mountains opposite during the day and at night.
What’s your favorite Turkish food and/or favorite part of Turkish culture?
My favorite food is kuru fasulye because it is very healthy. Since I am a vegan, it is also an important source of protein for me.
Where do you expect to see yourself 10 years from now?
This is an interesting question! I see myself having a family and living with them in İstanbul. I would like to spend a lot of time with my parents, children and wife exploring the world. Furthermore, I see myself as a multi-entrepreneur.
What’s the hardest challenge you’ve handled in Turkey?
I had slight difficulties communicating in English for the first few weeks as it was not routine for me to communicate in English. As the semester progressed, I have become better, from daily talks with students, the classes and going to the cinema.
What places have you visited in Turkey, and which one is your favorite?
I have visited İstanbul, Fethiye, Alanya, Kastamonu and Erciyes Mountain near Kayseri. For me, all places are beautiful and I cannot choose a favorite. However, I particularly liked skiing Erciyes Mountain.
What’s an interesting question or comment you hear frequently at Bilkent/in Turkey?
I am often asked what life is like in Germany. Another question is whether I prefer Turkey or Germany because I grew up with both cultures.
Describe yourself in three words.
Open minded, sporty, and inquisitive.