Meet Froso: From Ptolemaida to Thessaloniki

Froso is a 21 years-old undergraduate who currently locates in Thessaloniki for her studies. She majors in psychology at one of the most prestigious institutions of Greece, namely Aristotle University. 

Are you curious about what life looks like in Thessaloniki? Read on to get your daily inspiration!

“I spent my childhood and teenage years in a town called “Ptolemaida”. It is a town of around 50.000 residents, a bit smaller when it is compared to Thessaloniki. It locates in West Macedonia and only an hour and a half away from Thessaloniki. My home city, Ptolemaida does not have sea nearby and it is a lot closer to mountains. As you may imagine, Ptolemaida is a lot colder in winter for the same reason and even in spring and in summer.”

Ptolemaida
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“Thessaloniki is a city full of life and mostly young people as there are two big universities locates here. There are plenty of cafe and bars, plus squares where students meet and hang out.”

“A regular day for me here mostly consists of going to the university in the mornings and in the afternoons. In between my lessons, I mostly spend my time at the canteen or grab my lunch from a fast food restaurant near campus. After ı am done with my lessons, I usually spend my free time for other activities I like, I mean, mostly volunteering and playing music.”

“As for the evening, almost everyday I go out for a coffee or a beer to catch up with my friends. Also, a pretty popular place for students to hang out in the evening of spring and summer, is the port. So, when the weather helps we go there to hang out sometimes.”

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“My favorite season to visit or -generally- the best season for someone to live in Thessaloniki is spring. Normally, during winter, the weather is really cold and there may be snow (I assume if someone is really more a winter person, they might like to visit in winter as well). Strolling near the sea or visiting Heptapyrgion (Yedikule) where you can enjoy the most perfect view of the city, are not that easy apart from spring. Though the weather gets a lot warmer in spring time, so that you get the chance to explore the city a lot easier. During May, also, a lot of people start going to the beaches. You can easily reach to the sea side via bus from the center.”

“For me, Thessaloniki offers opportunities to its youth and it is a place where young people can both have time for themselves and learn how to evolve. Although as every place in this world, Thessaloniki has its own weaknesses as well, not everything is dreamy here. You can see a lot of poverty which may break your heart or you can easily get tired of the city’s public transportation which does not make you feel so good inside. But still, there are so many beautiful places to see, so many amazing and fulfilled people to meet. One thing is for sure that you will absolutely fall in love with this city no matter what happens!”

Meet Oğuz Han: From Sweden to Germany

Oğuz Han Urhan is a 24 years-old volunteer, who is getting prepared to start his new educational career from October on. He majored in the department of Political Science and International Relations at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul.

Read on to get inspired by his unique adventure in Dortmund.

“I am a Dortmunder for almost a year and I really enjoy being in the heart of Germany’s most populated region which includes even bigger cities like Düsseldorf and Cologne. I lived in Sweden as an exchange student for a year; I enjoyed being there and felt connected to the Nordic culture as well. It is not possible to compare Dortmund and Trollhattan since they both have their own specific feelings and offers.”

“I really loved being in Sweden had chance to listen to the nature and myself after a life-long chaotic experience in Istanbul. Even though sometimes I felt super lonely and bored, life in Sweden offered me the possibility of improving myself and finding out who I am actually. When it comes to my current hometown Dortmund, I would say that there is a complete different way of living here.”

“The typical German way of living does not really exist here in Dortmund. hThe city and the region are historically well-known by their working-class life and openness, the cities are extremely cosmopolitan and welcoming. The region is called as “Ruhrgebiet”, “Ruhrpott” in local dialect. It is the most populated part of the country, you are able to travel to four different (Essen, Bochum, Dortmund, Wuppertal) cities within 25 minutes which are populated more than 300.000 inhabitants. Dortmund, itself, has more or less 600.000 locals. Thereby, there I always something going on in my life. It sometimes reminds me of my life in Istanbul but of course a less stressful version of it.

“My days, here, are pretty much the same but differ at the same time. I work with children for five days per week; therefore, my mood varies day by day depends on who am I taking care of. Sometimes, I come home very energetic and the other day I feel extremely tired when I am back. What ever changes is the route that I take to work and the bike that I use.”

“Just as other Northwestern European cities, I would definitely recommend for you to come here in summer. People enjoy their free time at those beautiful parks. Most of the time it doesn’t rain like in Hamburg, Bremen or Berlin.”

“Even though Dortmund is big itself, it has just seven universities in total. The night life is quite boring during week days sot hat you may fulfill your intellectual needs. It is -unfortunately- not recommended for the ones who need to entertain themselves.”

“I am truly grateful for the locals of the city, they are open minded and friendly to the new comers. I recommend here for the ones who plans to move here by heart. There are internationally world-wild companies and firms that offers job opportunities unless if you don’t study on social disciplines. Noting that German language skills are required.

An important tip for the new comers: Don’t yell if you are a fan of Schalke 04!

Interview with ΚΕ.Λ.Ε

Giannis is a 28 years old passionate dancer who has been dancing for the last 22 years. His father comes from Larissa, where he spends the winter and his mother comes from Thassos, where he prefers to stay in summer months. He majored in the field of Primary Education Teaching in his Bachelor studies, later on he completed his Μaster degree in Educational Leadership and Management. He was dancing in Κέντρο Λαογραφικών Ερευνών (ΚΕ.Λ.Ε.)*, where he currently works in.
* ΚΕ.Λ.Ε: Cultural research center

Today, Giannis talked about how he met ΚΕ.Λ.Ε, the Thassos Festival, the meaning of dancing like Greek, the well known Greek dance Sirtaki, the similarities and differences between traditional Turkish and Greek dances and the project he is working on with his talented partner, Zeynel Ozturk.* 

*Zeynel is the founder of Yunan Istanbul.

Zeynel Öztürk (left), Giannis Tsou (right)


MEETING WITH ΚΕ.Λ.Ε 

“After my graduation in Ioannina, I went back to Larissa. Afterwards, my instructors, Irene Siampeta and Kostas Gkitersos, suggested me to start doing something with some kids group. I really liked the way of educating children via dancing so I decided to focus on that. I started working more and did some researches on folklore, traditional dances, instruments and costumes. I am very proud that I started teaching 7 kids in 2013 and last year I monitored almost 250 dancers in 16 dancing groups.”

“ΚΕ.Λ.Ε is considered as one of the biggest dancing associations in Larissa. Plus, it is one of the most famous and well known in Greece with its 800 active dancers, varying from kids to adults. In ΚΕ.Λ.Ε., we conduct lessons for 42 different dancing groups with a wide teaching team. Our focus is mostly on traditional Greek dance types and researches regarding to their qualifications. Our team separates the regions of Greece and it really gets my interest. I feel lucky to be a part of this educating procedure where I get a chance to meet more people that share common interest with me. What ΚΕ.Λ.Ε. provided me is also an opportunity to collaborate with some other dancing groups in and out of Larissa. But most important part is that in KELE we have created a new family! This is the story and the evaluation of my career as a professional dance instructor.” 

THE THASSOS FESTIVAL

“Through KELE, we organize a traditional festival in the Limenaria of Thassos. We are inviting cultural clubs and dancing groups from all over Greece and offering dance presentations, workshops, guide tours around the island and various events related to Greek culture. Our festival was established three years ago and almost every year we host more than 400 participants.
Inviting dancing groups from abroad means a lot for us. For instance, we build relations with Serbia and Bulgaria. We hope to see more and more nationalities in Thassos; so that we get a chance to observe the common features of our music and dancing steps. I must note that with the support of ΚΕ.Λ.Ε, I have participated in a lot of festivals, which enabled me to dance with other dancers from different Balkan countries. Through those events, we discovered that our dance and music patterns are almost the same.” 

1 The definition of Κ.Ε.Λ.Ε. is Cultural Research Center 

A PROJECT FOR TURKEY AND GREECE 

“As we discussed with my friend Zeynel Ozturk, we would be glad to conduct an event either in Turkey or in Greece and perform Turkish and Greek dances together. It is true that the dancing steps are a bit different from each other; but the music of two sides has very similar spirit. As we all know, Greek and Turkish population used to live together for many years. In those two months that I am here, I really understand the volume of the shared cultural things such as common words, vocabulary and so on. “ 

A PATH TO TURKEY 

“Something new happened this year thanks to the ERASMUS PROGRAM FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS. It was a good opportunity for me to visit another country and search about peoples’ interests in dance and particularly in Greek dance because that program was about supporting the people who want to build up something new on their field. Turkey sounded like a brilliant idea to observe the needs of those people who are interested in dancing and work with them, exploring myself at the same time.
I was lucky that I met Zeynel, who is in charge of YunanIstanbul studio, three years ago. YunanIstanbul studio was the first one that I found when I visited Istanbul for the first time. Fortuitously, Zeynel was already registered to that Erasmus platform so that we managed to match there. I came here on the 4th of July and made a tour around Istanbul to look around and to see the culture of the city. Zeynel was knowledgeable about Istanbul so he showed me some local spots besides the touristic ones. To be honest, I was really excited even it was not my first time.”

WORKING WITH ZEYNEL ÖZTÜRK

“For the first 20 days of the program, he showed me his choreography for Greek dances and I shared my expertise and choreography about those ones and others also. Apart from dancing, we were into music since he plays bouzouki2 and I play drums and davul.“Finding someone who thinks in the same way here was the luck of me. Zeynel follows his own choreography; but at the same time, he is the guy who acts like me. What we do is paying attention to the originality of the dance and to the posture of the dancer. He is really faithful on that so that it is easy for me to get along with him and to work together more. We would prefer working on the things that are not that popular today. Nowadays, we are analyzing the music from Greek islands which came from Asia Minor. I strongly believe that Turkish dancers are able to dive into the Greek music as well since the traditional dance of Greece is a mixture of Balkans and Asia minor.”

SIRTAKI 

“Later on, we decided to experience the streets to discover what people are looking for. As I predicted, most of the Turkish people were interested in the famous dance SIRTAKI. Personally, it is not my style because in Greece, people do not dance Sirtaki. There is a big misunderstanding about what Sirtaki is. It was created as a soundtrack for the well-known Greek movie, Zorba. It is composed by Mikis Theodorakis and its rhythm comes from Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko. The song starts slowly and gets fast later. However, Greek dance is more than Sirtaki. It can go into a category of Hasapiko, which is a wider category. Hasapiko is originated from Istanbul since the age of the Byzantium. “I want people to understand that Greece is more than Sirtaki; but Turkey is also more than Çiftetelli when it comes to traditional dances.”

DANCING LIKE GREEKS 

“A Hasapiko choreography is not something strictly ruled, it should vary depending on the group who dances it. For instance, we are two or three friends who are dancing a certain song and we have our own choreography. Of course, there are some basic steps which everybody is in charge of following; but it must also be open to improvising. This is exactly how I like to dance and what it means to dance like Greek: Having certain steps; but mostly following the music and to express yourself in your very own way. If you dance like Greek, you don’t have to think about the next move, you just follow the music and feeling it, trying to express yourself. You don’t have to count the steps; whenever you think about counting the steps, you would lose your focus; that’s how it works.” 

“We are very close in dancing and music patterns with Balkan Countries apparently. Our performing style follows kind of the same way. The biggest difference between the other cultures is the form we use during our performances. In Greece, we mostly use the open circle style , we hold each other most of the times. The other countries mostly form lines and that is maybe one of the reasons for Sirtaki to be more popular, as it follows that rule.”

“Today, people are getting influenced by other dancing cultures. The original Greek dances do not have this element, they are freer and more expressive. We don’t pay that much attention on starting to dance at the same time all together. All that matter is to be involved in the dance and to feel what the song says. In KELE, while we are teaching, we always go deep into the details of the songs such as the name of it and its historical occasions. Let us not forget that traditional songs were the local newspapers and books of that era, referring to various occasions. If people can understand the importance of those originality details, they can really feel what they hear and dance.” 

THE WAY OF TURKISH AND GREEK PEOPLE DANCE 

“What I saw is that the Turkish dances are much more disciplined and a bit more folkloric than the Greek dance types; what is common between those two is the idea and the ability of expressing themselves through that procedure. I am really curious to see how Turkish and Greek people come together and how this is going to look like. I don’t really know if there is a magical recipe to get them together but it is certain that they will learn something from each other.”

DANCING IN ISTANBUL

“To be honest, I didn’t expect that people in Turkey would be so interested in Greek dances. I thought they would only know Sirtaki music; but during our workshops, I have noticed that people are really into the Greek music. They just listen to the music and all they desire is to come in the circle and join us. That was the biggest motivation for me.”
“Greek dance is not an individual dance; it is not like tango. I feel good when I perform a Greek dance because I know that I am holding the hands of my friends or the people who share the same interest with me. When I danced in our workshops, I could easily see the same passion. The people are not stereotyped and they don’t have the idea of discrimination in their minds. They embrace Greek music without a second thought.”

“I got disappointed when I faced with the crowded places and the traffic. Plus, the taxi drivers who drive literally like crazy (laughing). It was hard for me to adjust in a metropole city, because my home city Larissa is so small so that I was not really used to operate the things in such a fast tempo.”

“I can’t say I am disappointed by Turkish people. One of the surprising things for me is to see how people are spending most of their times by running from one place to another. They seem like they are always in some kind of rush, but maybe this is something that they are also accusing Greeks for: Doing everything slower! (Laughing) This might be a gap. It is not somebody’s fault, anyway.”

“The thing that frustrates me is the lack of the recycle bins around. That is so strange and disappointing for me! I was feeling sorry every time I was using plastic bottle of water since I was throwing it into the rubbish. While the environmental issues are reaching to the top in these days, I can’t believe how a city of 20 million people, doesn’t choose to recycle. It is just unacceptable! State has to do something about that issue.”

“I fell in love with the food and the spirit of the city. Istanbul is not a typical European city like those that I have visited! I strongly recommend all of my Greek friends to visit.”

REMEMBERING THE PAST

“In this era, we don’t have the same feelings with the ones who live in the past. Therefore, it is not easy for people to comprehend the deep meaning of traditional dances. It is the same for me as well.”

”My teachers, Irene Siampeta and Kostas Gkitersos, have those traditional images on their minds since they witnessed them in the past, so that they are able to reproduce those images again; but it is not easy for me to comprehend that vibe completely. Best I can do is follow their path and their knowledge.”

“Nowadays, this is the simplest difficulty which people deal when they want to learn how to dance properly the Greek traditional dances. We are living in a modern and fast way of life, we can’t fully understand the meaning of living a traditional life without TV and internet. A life more hard to survive, a simpler life away from big cities where music and
dance were the elements of your social identity. There are some elders who are able to understand those things and they can easily compare it with the current situation.”

“In recent years, traditional dance in Greece has become even more popular. More and more people are getting interested in it.”

“I hope that it will attract more young people -like me- in the near future. This is also the way of preserving the civilisation and the cultural values of our nation. I am sure that it is literally important to share this mission with young generation and I wish to see more support from the state and the government regarding to that effort.”

“For my dancing club, ΚΕ.Λ.Ε, we haven’t received even one euro from the government last 23 years that we operate on this sector. All those cultural events are covered by our own member fundings and all money we earn is invested for the costumes and the researches. I am sure that the municipalities should indicate a little bit more in those cultural groups.”

“I am feeling a little bit emotional nowadays, since these are the last days of my Erasmus program. I miss Greece, but I know that I will miss Turkey, my partner Zeynel Ozturk, the people I met in our workshops. The “Erasmus Program for Young Entrepreneurs” was such a beneficial opportunity. I m sure though that end of the program doesnt mean the end of collaboration with people I met here. We have lots of things to do in Turkey. I will do my best to come back and organise these kind of workshops and seminars either in a studio or out in the streets, this is my target for the following years.”

“Zeynel Ozturk is going to try to prepare some groups from Turkey to participate into the festival which we organize in Thassos.I would like to invite all people to Greece, not only to the touristic spots but also to the spots where they will understand what Greek culture and traditional music is. Then its easier for them to understand how close our cultures are!”

Meet Vuslat: A Turkish girl in Italy

Vuslat is a 24 years old dancer and a Mechanical and Automotive Engineer who majors in the field of Racing Car Design in Italy. She used to work in various companies as an engineer and a ballet instructor. Plus, she is into oil painting, playing flute and guitar. The thing that keeps her alive in this unique journey is her Honda Shadow 600.

Read on to get inspired by her experience both in Turkey and Italy.

“I am 24-year-old and I study Racing Car Design in Italy. I’ve studied Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at Hacettepe University, Ankara. I worked in different companies as an engineer and also at Olga Bale as a ballet teacher, sold some oil paintings, played flute and guitar. I have a Honda Shadow 600 to feel alive. My body dance, my brain calculates and my soul rides through the freedom.

Motorvehicle University of Reggio-Emilia is a new feeling in the automotive industry. It is located in the Motor Valley area: “land of legends and cutting-edge technology, where the history of the two and four wheels was written”.  Universities of Bologna, Modena, Ferrara and Parma work together with the sponsorships of Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, HaasF1Team, HPE COXA, Magneti Marelli, Maserati, Pagani and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

There are 6 different curriculums depending on the focused fields: Advanced automotive electronic engineering, Racing car design, High performance car design, Advanced sportscar manufacturing, Advanced powertrain and Advanced motorcycle engineering. All the classes are taught in English and after studying first semester all together in Modena, we are divided to the other cities.

MUNER has 20 places for each curriculum in every year. There are 15 international students in total. Racing Car Design includes the dynamics of the vehicle and the materials to design nowadays racing cars. The first year is in Modena and the second year is at Dallara Academy in Varano where the chassis are manufactured for motor racings like IndyCar, Formula 3 and Formula E. Unfortunately, I am the only girl in my class.

MUNER is not the only university which has motorsport engineering programs. There are some other universities in USA and UK about the race cars and many others about automotive engineering. But at MUNER, there is the possibility to meet people in the biggest automotive companies while some of the lectures and all the seminars are done by the head of the different departments of Ferrari, Dallara, Maserati and HPE COXA. Also the factory tours can be shown as the real-life engineering, learning by doing and an important experience.

I’ve started to work as a vehicle dynamics engineer at Onda Solare Team, an Italian brand which produces a solar car to race. I’ve designed the suspension system, adaptive battery placement depending on the passengers and made all the dynamic analysis. The team won the American Solar Challenge and the Best Battery Pack Design. My aim is to be a performance engineer in F1, working about the vehicle dynamics of racing cars. And my dream is going to the races all around the world!”

Interview with Tomás Barão da Cunha: Director of the Award-winning Movie “Aegean”

On 24th of September, the young Portuguese director Tomás Barão da Cunha shared and exclusive interview about his new movie. “I like how Europe and Asiatic culture met each other in the middle and form this Greek Mediterranean identity.”, he stated.

Read on to see more about the breath-taking documentary movie.

🎤As a Portuguese director who has grown up with the perspective of Mediterranean people, how did you feel when you were writing the story about a completely different Mediterranean country?

“As Portuguese, Greek culture didn’t seem so far away from mine. We have a common history, and as I say, everything started there, between those mountains in Attica and on those islands on the Aegean Sea. So, my own culture already has Greek and Mediterranean history in it. ‘Aegean’ was a very different film to build compared to my other shorts. It’s not a common film that you write before you shoot. I can say that it’s more sensorial. Because we start on the interviews with the refugees and with the asylum seekers and then we had the idea to illustrate those interviews with the Greece that we felt when we were living there and a bit with the romantic idea of a Greece in its heyday on the ancient times. This idea of the rise and fall is common in my stories and films. I really feel interested in that way of building a story. You know, the Greek Myth of Sisyphus, that he pushes a rock towards a mountain and when it’s on the top the rock just falls out again and again. I like this idea, it’s pure human nature and complements that rise and fall of culture and times. So in the end, the time I was living there helped me a lot and give me a different vision of all that chaos, because I saw Greece like I was there since ever, so I had detachment from being foreigner, but I also carry that feeling of being part of that culture, part of me was already Greek.”

🎤The movie “Aegean” is centralized the refugee crisis, which is a sensitive topic to talk about. Haven’t you scared of getting misunderstood by people? What kind of a strategy or ideology did you adopted while you were creating the script?

“My first thought was if I could take that risk. It’s a very sensitive topic and really hard to talk about it, because you need a significant background on those matters to talk about them. Luckily, I had a team on my side that was in the centre of this crisis and helped me to write and develop this film. I co-wrote this film with Pedro and later with Raul, and we were able to accept the risk because of this previous background. Otherwise, it would be complicated, because if we were doing this was because we wanted to contribute in our way to help these people, to give voice to these people, and without that background, it would be impossible to do it. Pedro was working with these refugees for a long time, and that helped us to create a real and strong dialogue with them. In the end, is the way you tell people these stories, the way you communicate with your audience, for me that is very important. And never, but never, be afraid how people will accept it because if you are taking the risk, take it with you till the end because you’ll see it will worth it. When you are giving voice to them, you need to give it a real voice, to not censor their speech and to be the most accurate in the montage of the film. That it’s very important, and for me, what you hear in the film is what we heard on those apartments in Athens in March of 2018.”

🎤We all know that directors would be never fully satisfied with their own works. What would be the scene that might irritates you?

“I don’t believe in that thing that a film is never finished. What I believe is that, since we are humans, we are evolving every single day and because of that we look back, and we think that we should have made that different or in any other way. Of course, that by technical difficulties, one scene or another become different from what we imagine when we wrote it, but that’s part of the job, and we are used to it. I don’t think very often about what didn’t go as we thought, I’m just worried to do it right in the next film. It’s imperative to understand your own mistakes, but don’t lose too much time sorrowing on them.”

🎤If you were about to call someone out by name, who would you prefer to watch the movie with you?

“I would like to watch this film with the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, he’s quoted on the film on the second story, because he was in Athens at the shelter where we shoot the film, just one week before we were there. In fact, I was talking with Pedro Amaro Santos the months before on doing this documentary, and that visit of the Portuguese president was the final step for us to really start to shoot this film.”

🎤The ones who contributes to the process of making the movie were already your friends. Did it made the things easier for you to be understood? How was the communication between you and them?

“We actually became friends on the shooting of ‘Aegean’, but was an interesting process to get along with these people in the process of making a documentary like this. But since we speak the same language and some of us had the same background in film studies, it was easier to be understood and work on it.”

🎤You lived in Thessaloniki for a while. What pushed you to go deep inside of that specific topic? What was the turning point for you to choose it?

“Was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Some months after my arrival in Greece, I met Pedro trough common friends, and after that, we were messaging each other about this topic and how he wanted to do something more with these stories. In the end, I and Raul take the train to Athens, and everything started. Of course, I was surrounded with this reality, but most of these stories are concentrated on the Greek islands and in Athens, so I didn’t have the physical contact with them because I was living in Thessaloniki, in the north of Greece. That’s why we went to Athens to shoot them, and that was the beginning of it.”

🎤I want you to stay between your individual self and your director identity: Could you please tell me your observations regarding to Greek people and their relation with refugees?

“I remember when we were in Athens last November, a lot of people come to us to ask what we were doing with the cameras and all that apparatus. We were explaining to them that we were shooting a film about the refugee crisis in Greece. Their answers were quite neutral. Some of them wanted to help but didn’t know how. Some tried to help and didn’t succeed, and some were just aware but didn’t want to be part of the cause.”

🎤Did you get any financial support from any sources for the production of the movie?

“We had some help with transportation and accommodation from the European Union through the Erasmus+ program and also from JRS Greece, but the rest was from our own pockets through our production company, Waves Of Youth.”

🎤What is the most fascinating thing about experiencing the Mediterranean life?

“What I liked more in Greece and its Mediterranean heritage was that it’s a mixture between European and Asiatic cultures, you know? I like how they met each other in the middle and form this Greek Mediterranean identity. Also, the food, the sea, the mountains, everything fulfilled me the time I was living there.”

🎤Are there any more projects that you are getting prepared for?

“We are beginning talks for some new things, but it’s still at a very early stage. Some new extras from ‘Aegean’ maybe came out, but we are still thinking about it. We have some things that we didn’t use in the film that we would like to put out. Let’s see. I am also writing a new short that I hope I can shoot in the next year and some photographic projects, too. Let’s wait for 2020. Thank you!”

ROMEIKA: Revival of a Disappearing Language

Throughout the history, geography of Turkey has contained many different cultures and languages. Even though devastating effect of modernism on the multiculturality at this geography, we can still find a lot of cues from different cultures. On the other hand, some of them has already become extinct. Fortunately, Romeika will not share this destiny with the forgotten languages in Anatolian geography.

Romeika is a dialect of Greek but it has some untypical features. This dialect is used in the Eastern Black Sea coasts of Turkey, mostly in the borders od Trebizond. Approximately 5,000 Muslim Republic of Turkey citizens people which live in the mountain villages still use this Greek dialect. This amount of speaker to keep a language alive is so inadequate. Also, it is clear that an uncodified language is more inclined to disappear in time; right now, ‘Romeika’ is not an uncodified language. Vahit Tursun, who spent 20 years to prepare the first Romeika Dictionary, published the first ‘Romeika’ dictionary from Hayamola Publishing House. By doing so, he aims to keep Romeika alive and making a cultural revival about Romeika.

This dialect is 3000 years old and some linguistics claim that Romeika is the most resembling Greek dialect to the Ancient Greek, meaning that the speakers of Romeika are the best people to easily communicate with Socrates. The isolated geographic structure of Eastern Black Sea or historical Pontus region may have caused to preserve the original linguistic features of this dialect. To sum up, I want to say thank you to Vahit Tursun for his efforts.