“Curious Souls Get Together” – 11th meeting

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Dear Curious Souls,

On October 12,2014, Sunday, we met at the Istanbul Sailing Club in Fenerbahce for our 11th meeting.  We were approximately 50-55 curious souls together and the beautiful, sunny weather simply made everything much better! İstanbul yelkenyelken

First of all, we had a delicious brunch together :-))           20141012_104659

Our meeting room looked like this, before we started…CIMG1816

…and like this, after we did :-))CIMG1824

The first TED talk that we watched at our meeting was the interesting talk of Ben Saunders on “Why did I ski to the North Pole?” In this talk, Ben Saunders explains with detail how he prepared and realised his solo ski trek to the North Pole and why he attempted to do this.

My friend Matt Krause moderated our discussions on Ben Saunders’ talk. Matt was indeed such a perfect person to moderate this talk as he also realised a similar extraordinary project; he walked all accross Turkey on foot (Check out his web site: http://www.mattkrause.com) Naturally, questions poured out to him and the main one was “why did you do it?”


I would like to thank Matt very much for his moderation!

We then watched the enjoyable and informative talk of Kelly McGonigal on “How to make stress your friend!” From Kelly McGonigal, we learned that stress can kill you but only if you think that it is harmful to your health. If you don’t, it is even helpful.

Rasih Bensan was the one who moderated our discussion on this topic and I would like to thank him for his contribution.


That was the end of our discussions. Yet, it was not all! Previously, I hinted the group that I had a wonderful suprise at the end of our meeting and indeed here it was! My friend Mümtaz Unel, who has a wonderful voice and who also was the the commodore of the Saiing Club for many years, gave us a delightful concert.


Here are the songs that he sang for us:

“Dos gardenias para ti”,
“Orfeo negro” and,

I would like to thank Mumtaz for this beautiful concert and also for assisting me a lot while I was arranging Istanbul Sailing Club to host our meeting.

Then came the end of our meeting. We spent more than 4 hours together and I hope everybody enjoyed the meeting as much as I did. I suspected that this was the case as I could see broad smiles on the faces of all Curious Souls when we were saying good-bye :-))

With my kindest wishes to you all.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂


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