About

Hi there!

My heart beats for the beauty of this planet; for its stunning nature, for its wonderfully diverse people and cultures, and for its soul-touching strong rythms and arts. That’s why I started Μεράκι – a blog to capture unforgettable moments and experiences.

meraki. (n.) The soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work. words

This page serves as a little introduction about myself, a glimpse into the background that makes up the young woman behind this blog:

My name is Arzucan Askin. I am an ocean lover, adventurous traveler, freelance writer, hobby-photographer and actress, epicure, aspiring tanguera, environmental activist and human rights advocate currently studying Human Geography, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Background

I was born in Berlin, Germany, a city with a bold combo of glamour showcasing a vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and incredible history.In the past 100 years alone Berlin has staged a revolution, headquartered fascists, been divided, then reunited – a past that feeds the city’s experimental character. Growing up as a Turkish girl in the multicultural district of Neukölln in Berlin has shaped my life in ways I could have never imagine dpossible. My interest for politics, global development, human geography and multiculturalism is hence distilled in my drinking water and I spend most of my afternoons working on projects that explore the intersection of these topics.

I love photography; that being said, I am by no means a professional photographer, not even close to having that title, but I absolutely adore capturing the essence special moments with my rusty camera lens: Besides that, I have filled about a dozen of notebooks with short stories and little anecdotes. I strongly prefer pen and paper over the laptop, but, oh well, we are in the 21st century, right? I hope to one day have experience in helping to do the delicate work of nurturing a start-up, discovering my own business passion, and bringing it into the world in a mindful way.

I strongly believe in the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy body, tea in all variations is my life elixier and one of the few things I like to collect besides from postcards and ethnic jewellery.  Having mentioned the environment, I have to confess that there is nothing on this planet that I love more than the ocean. Waves, beaches and the underwater world captured me in a ban that is impossible to resolve. My passion for the sea inspired me to become a scuba diver and I am currently training to achieve my certification as an Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Argentine Tango has become my every day cup of coffee. I am a university student during the day and a tango dancer at night. Nothing is more beautiful than givinng in to music, movement and art and forgetting about time during a traditional milonga.

Like many people of my generation, after living and studying all over the world (Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, Hong Kong), I do not know where “home” is and there is no personal discovery I would rather make than finding a place to call truly “mine.” For now, however, the great big world is still calling me and just as there are still a few pages in my passport waiting to be filled, so is this blog waiting for more stories.

That was me. I would love to hear more about you!

Arzu