What else? July 20, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Helping hungry stray dogs in Turkey

It’s no longer a secret that Istanbul is a world-class city. Thanks to it’s fascinating culture where ‘East meets West’, it’s often featured on “Best of” travel lists. Most tourists visit Istanbul for its ancient history, but lately its also earning attention for unique socially conscious solutions.

In 2014, Smart Recycling Boxes appeared in the city centre. The Cleverly designed machines were built to recycle cans and bottles, dispensing a “payment” of dog food. This unconventional arrangement aimed to clean-up plastics and waste while service the needs of man’s furry friends. The success of the campaign provided  nourishment for 150,000 stray dogs known to wander the famous Turkish streets. (Spiegel)

Showing appreciation of our Veterans in Canada

During WWII Canada helped to liberate the Netherlands and ever since we’ve enjoyed friendly relations between the two countries. Although the war ended more than 70 years ago, the appreciation of the Dutch people remains strong. And since the Dutch are famous for their floral blooms, it’s only fitting that they demonstrate their gratitude through flowers. And each spring Canadian Veterans receive a traditional bouquet as a symbol of thanks for their life-saving efforts. (Veteran’s Affairs)

Sending thoughtful emails to trees in Australia

With the Great Barrier Reef to the east and Bungle Bungle Ranges to the west, Australia is a land of otherworldly landscapes. Preserving the native flora and fauna is always a priority for the locals. When the people of Melbourne noticed that their regional trees were in decline, they decided to do something about it. Enter technology. What started as a system to notify city workers about problems, became a way for citizens to send personal messages. (BBC News)

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