By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
A group of 36 students from the TRNC, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Iran and Nigeria were taken on an educational and cultural trip by the Eastern Mediterranean University. The trip was the 7th annual trip organised by the Tourism Faculty of the University.
The group visited Ankara, Beypazarı and Eskişehir in Turkey.
According to the information released by the Eastern Mediterranean University, on the first day of the trip the students visited the historical and cultural Hamamönü houses and Anıtkabir in Ankara. The students had the chance to view and record the soldiers changing of guard. Later during the day, they visited Atatürk’s House and in the evening they had the opportunity to stroll through the Tunalı Hilmi Avenue.
On the second day of the trip, the students received “Barista Education” as a result of the organisation of EMU Tourism Faculty, Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Master Chef and Ankara Chef Academy Founding Director Ali Açıkgül. As part of this education students visited the Academy where they tasted and familiarised themselves with different types of coffee. After this, the group visited Ankara Castle and Rahmi Koç Museum. On day three the group travelled to Beypazarı where they were met by Culture Department Director Zafer Poyraz. Along with Poyraz, the group firstly went to the Beypazarı natural mineral springs where they attended a presentation about its architecture and the production of mineral water. Next, they visited Ankara University Vocational School of Beypazarı where they exchanged information about the program and practices with the school director and teachers. The students then travelled to the center of Beypazarı with Zafer Poyraz where they visited workshops and asked questions to chefs about its famous 80 layered Baklava, Beypazarı Kurusu, bread and casserole.