Dear friends of Bursagaz,
When I came to the office the last days, I realised how little traffic there was in the main streets and that all the minibuses from the school in my neighbourhood usually blocking the road were missing. The signs were clear, it is summer again and school holidays have started.
Summer is the time of festivals and in this edition of Mavi Yeşil, we will introduce to you some of the more traditional festivals in our region but we will also have a look on some of the really unique activities, which take place in the city and district of Bursa.
The Stork festival in Eskikaraağaç clearly belongs to second category. Some storks - like the most famous white stork - are migrating birds. They spend the harsh winter season in Africa and for breeding their offspring return to the more moderate climate in the north during our summer. To cross the Mediterranean Sea the storks use two natural land bridges on their yearly journey. One is the Bosporus and the second one is across the Strait of Gibraltar. Following this second route, we will visit in our Travellers section some famous cities in Spain and their festivals. I believe most of you will know the famous bull festival in Pamplona and the tomato festival in Buñol.
However, there is a lot more to discover and we will show it to you.
Returning to Turkey, we make stopover in Bozcaada with its historical places and houses, the vineyards, beautiful beaches and tasteful dishes. Together with the modern wind turbines installed on the island, it is a good example how modern technology, historical sites, a beautiful landscape and warm-hearted people can make a perfect combination.
Although we all enjoy the summer and the sun, the heat and intense sunlight bring also some downsides with them. In our magazine’s health section, we will look into that issue and have some advice and suggestions for you so that you can enjoy the summer fully.
Summer also means holiday for nearly all of us. More and more people make holidays abroad and use airplanes to get to their destinations. In our “From Yesterday to today section”, we will look on the development of airplanes from the first air gliders of Otto Lilienthal to today’s nearly hotel like passenger airplanes. Probably one of the biggest obstacles before leaving for the airport is the luggage. How can we fit all those “necessary” things into that small suitcase? Let us help you with that a little bit.
Talking about planes and leaving reminds me that after three years as General Manager of Bursagaz the time for me has come to say good-bye. On June 17th, SOCAR Türkiye Doğal Gaz Yatırım A.Ş. took over 100% shares of EWE Turkey Holding and became majority shareholder of Bursagaz. I am sure Bursagaz will continue to be the most innovative gas distribution companies in the country and deliver excellent services to its customers in Bursa.
This will be my last editorial for our Mavi Yeşil magazine. In the autumn edition, my successor from SOCAR will make his welcome. Personally, I will always remember the people from Bursa and the employees of Bursagaz for their kindness and hospitality with which they received and supported me. With me – please be assured – Bursa and Turkey will always have a voluntary ambassador abroad.
Listening to one of my most favourite Irish songs “The Parting glass” (please check in YouTube: Karliene- The Parting Glass) it is now time to wish you all “Bye bye and görüşürüz”