Friday, November 23, 2012

linear



At the end of September, I had the good fortune to visit Helsinki and meet some inspiring art teachers. We had some wonderful discussions about the importance of design in art education, and the role of technology in children's lives today. It was a stimulating experience; hanging out with like-minded creative people, who are passionate about art and teaching.

The first thing that struck me about Helsinki was the air, which felt like medicine upon each inhale. I breathed with every cell of my being, as though I could store it up for the return to a less than fresh Istanbul.

The second thing I was taken by was the absence of homicidal drivers on the road. Taking a walk in Istanbul requires nerves of steel and the slightest death wish— seldom does anyone stop for a pedestrian. There is no way to predict what a Turk behind a wheel is going to do; one-way streets go three ways, turn signals mean little— and everyone is in a rush. I found myself stunned like a deer in headlights when the first Finn driver stopped to let me cross the road.



The third thing, was all the straight lines.

3 comments:

Sue Pownall said...

I've never been to Helsinki, sounds and looks great.

Seyhan Çelik said...

I guess if one can manage to live in İstanbul, she/he can manage everywhere =) I was stunned to see drivers stop even when I approached a zebra crossing in New Zealand. Everyone was so calm and respectful, the exact opposite of people living here. İstanbul is always so grey and grim and people are very low spirited. They feel trapped which makes them angry. I've always lived here since I was born but I still cannot get used to this city (even this country!). Sigh...

szaza said...

Sue, you should visit it sometime, Helsinki is a lovely place.

Yes, Seyhan, I do think that Istanbul can prepare you for many things! The grey of winter is coming...