Weekend Getaway: Xanthi & Thessaloniki (Part 1)

Part 1 focuses on Xanthi, Greece. Part 2 focuses on Thessaloniki. Our family loves travelling. Whenever we have such an opportunity we always use it. We’ve been to lots...

Book of Travels: The Evliya Çelebi TV Show

These days quasi-historical shows like Game of Thrones are the most watched (and pirated) shows on TV. Also, Muhteşem Yüzyıl, “The Magnificent Century”, a prime-time...

How to Stop Being Such a Yabancı: 23 Resolutions for 2015

Stop ordering on YemekSepeti cause you’re too scared to order over the phone in Turkish. Stop forcing your friends to call you cause you forgot...

City Scherzos: Mother-of-Pearl

We were getting married. We couldn’t believe it. It was unbelievable. We didn’t consider ourselves the marrying type. We were too lazy to get...

Müslüm Gürses and The Rise of Arabesk

“Çilesiz bir günüm olmadı gitti Bilmedim ömrümün suçu ne usta Allah'ın gücüne gider mi bilmem Verdiği bu candan ben bıktım usta My carefree days never came I don’t know,...

A Trip through Tarabya

Located in the quiet northern suburb of Sarıyer, Tarabya is home to the modern, chic amenities of downtown life as well as the natural...

On the Road to Gebze: Surviving in the Industrial Heartland

On the road to Gebze, where I teach twice a week, I have a lot of time to contemplate the passing landscape. Out on the...

25 Eco-Signs You Live in Turkey

Living in Istanbul comes with many joys alongside many compromises. If you are the kind of person who tries to lead a green life,...

Fig Season

My favorite season in Istanbul is fig season. Never having seen or eaten a fresh fig in my life, I was fascinated by this...

Living with Terror

Let’s first and foremost acknowledge the great privilege of being able to choose your place of residence. Most people are not granted the luxury...

Istanbul: What I Remembered, What I Forgot

Memory is a funny thing. As much as it keeps record of reality, it also creates a reality of its own. As expats, we...

Organization Profile: Caritas

Editor's Note: Caritas is one of the aid organizations that will receive funds and donations collected at the We Are Refugees II benefit concert,...

Out Now: “Letters from Istanbul, Vol 3: Living with Terror” by...

We're delighted to announce that long-time contributor James Tressler has recently released the third volume to his Letters from Istanbul series, available for purchase via Lulu....

Permaculture: A Growing Trend in Istanbul

By Abdelrahman Mahmoud Permaculture. Does the word ring any bells? If yes, and you are already well acquainted with the concept, then hold on a minute...

Letters from Istanbul: The Sum of Our Travels

The other day I was having lunch at Café Nero with one of the new teachers. She said she came from Austin. Since I grew...

Romancing the Old City: A Somewhat Cynical Love Note to Istanbul

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. Then up he...

Organization Profile: Small Projects Istanbul

Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Kristina Delgado of Small Projects Istanbul, one of the organizations involved with this year's We...

Recap of the Istanbul Marathon

At least it wasn't too hot. That's what I was thinking to myself as I lined up for the 15 km run this past...

Letter from Karaman: Night of the Dervish

The city of Karaman stands on the low wheat plains of Anatolia, about an hour south of Konya, the birthplace of Rumi. Arriving from Istanbul,...

Condolences for the Victims in Suruç

Yesterday Turkey was rocked by a horrific suicide bombing targeting a group of people traveling to Syria on a humanitarian mission. The victims were bright, selfless...

Returning to Selçuk Year after Year: Camel Wrestling and Authenticity in...

There are certain constants that one can rely on when attending camel wrestling: The booze is always flowing, the camels are consistently covered in...

Observatory Time: With Man Ray in Anamur

It’s always a good idea to get out of Istanbul, to escape the traffic, the noise and endless grind of people and machines. My wife...

When the Night Comes Falling

All day long, in fits and waves, there had been blackouts. And not just in one part of Istanbul, but across the whole vast...

Letters from Istanbul: The Journey of a Tissue Pack

In the city of Istanbul many poor old women sell packets of tissue in the streets, mostly to passing motorists and the people sitting...

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