Tell us a little about your background?
My name is Handan Aydin. I am coming from Izmir/Turkey. I studied bioengineering at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul and I am in Luleå more than 1 year working with Waste Science and Technology group at Luleå University of Technology.
Why did you choose to come to Luleå?
I had been interested about working in environmental technologies. When I got form from iaeste, I was excited to work in Sweden with this purpose because Sweden is well known country for environmental perspective. Then I noticed the job is in Luleå which I hadn’t have heard it before, I was excited but also I was so curious to live in the North. Because in my city, we rarely see the snow during winter. But after I came here, as a nature lover, it was so beautiful to see every season how it changes the city. For me it was different and also beautiful to experience Swedish culture and living in the north. Because for me the north teaches you to be patient to see the beauty in the end. Like during winter it is mostly dark but with snow it is beautiful and then summer comes, all the darkness disappears to make you to enjoy the sun. Of course the most importantly, the northern lights. Before I came here, I always was saying that I want to see the northern light before I die. Luleå made my dream come true.
How do you like working here?
Working for the environment was always my first choice. I had good opportunity to work many kind of projects related to environmental technologies which improved my knowledge and my perspective. The people are so friendly here and they helped me and taught me a lot during my journey. I had been always living in big cities and as you know living in big city is mostly stressful. This city may be small but it also helps you calm and focus on your work. But also of course, fika! During the working time having fika with colleagues, it is the best tradition to communicate with people while enjoying your coffee.