As it is not my first time I Turkey nor in a large Turkish city,
I knew what to expect from the way of life here as a whole. What I
was not prepared for however was just how different my legal
experience and how wonderful the friends I would make here, would
In terms of my traineeship, I came here heading into the dark, I
had no idea what the office would be like nor what the calibre of
my workload would entail. I think at first it came as a bit of a
shock to enter into a working environment so contrasting to that
which I have previously experienced. The entire set-up and working
environment was alien to me and on my first day it took some time
to adjust. To witness a firm with a distinct 'consultancy'
feel to it was a good opportunity for me.
I am an active person who is used to a non-stop working day; I
have only ever experienced the buzz of a vibrant and busy law firm,
so to step into something quieter.
At times in my traineeship it has been hard not being able to
interact much with the other staff. I am a talkative person and I
love being inquisitive and learning new things, when language is a
barrier it makes this very difficult and I think it can be easy to
feel isolated, I feel proud of the way that I have adapted to this
I have also found it a real challenge not to have set tasks each
day with daily deadlines. I enjoy working under pressure and being
continually challenged, so to assume a 'research' role,
albeit equally important, without such elements has been a personal
challenge for me. I am grateful however, for the information I have
learned through this research, for the opportunity to experience
another system of working in a different jurisdiction, for the
wonderful food I have been cooked each day and for the general
friendliness of all the staff! In all, my working day has been an
invaluable personal and professional experience and one I shall
look back on with gratitude. After studying comparative law for so
long it has been so important for me to experience legal practice
in another country and to see how the application varies.
Indeed, my social time in Ankara has been non-stop! I loved the
castle and the mausoleum and most of all I love the food- for a
meat lover like me each meal is heaven! I have enjoyed every minute
spent meeting new people and forming new friendships, I am a real
'people person' and I love nothing more than to interact
with those I have never met. I love the experience that is to be
gained from meeting new people. From learning of new cultures and
countries, to hearing interesting life stories, I truly believe
that the personal gain is invaluable. I feel that not only does it
allow you to grow as a person, but it also enriches your
appreciation of life: of all that you have and of all that you
should be aspiring toward. Many of those I have met here have
become true friends, not merely those of circumstance, and I will
most definitely be coming back here to Ankara to see them
I find all big Cities wonderful, but Ankara especially so. For
me, the only thing more magical than old and new existing side by
side, is the merging of East and West. To walk down a street past
McDonalds and Starbucks and have an ancient castle looming up
above, is simply wonderful. Yet to have the call of the Mosque in
one ear and the chatter of those drinking beer in a bar in the
other is, for me, uniquely magical. From the girl who covers her
hair to the girl who lets it flow free, the streets of Ankara
epitomise all that I love about this country of contrasts.
Each morning from my window I see Attatürks mausoleum stand
above the city as a powerful reminder of what it means to have
freedom and I could ask for no greater way to start my day! From my
daily breakfast of ayran and simit on a bench in Kizilay, to my
days in the office, to my evenings of Karaoke and delicious local
food – Ankara has, without a doubt, been a first class host.
Even through the times I have felt daunted (trying to cross the
road in Kizilay/trying to dodge the dolmuş and get to my stop
etc.!!) I have never stopped being happy to be here, thankful for
meeting such wonderful friends and grateful for such an amazing
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