Diwali in Istanbul: The Indian Festival of Lights

In November, Yabangee contributor Devanshu Bawa and I were invited to the Indian Diwali Festival that is organized annually by the Friends of India...

Issues with Joint Bank Accounts in Turkey

If you have lived in Turkey for a while, you’ve probably got an account with a local bank. It is easy enough to open...

Six Tips For Foreigners To Blend Into Turkish Society

I cried. I cried for weeks and it went on around two months. I even questioned my decision of moving to Istanbul and contemplated...

Buying a Home in Turkey – Getting a Mortgage (Part IV)

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a home or maybe you have your...

Buying a Home in Turkey – Finding the Right Price (Part...

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a home or maybe you have your...

Student Life: 8 Tips to Live in Istanbul on a Student...

Is living on a budget a choice or an obligation? In my case, unfortunately, it had to be an obligation. I’ve moved to Istanbul...

Buying a House in Turkey – Finding the Right Place (Part...

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a house or maybe you have your...

Eating Istanbul: Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Food

As a vegetarian or vegan, by now you may have realized that Turkish people love their meat! Walking through the city you’ll see families...

A Guide to Adopting Street Animals in Turkey

As an animal lover, one of my favorite aspects of life in Turkey can also be one of the most challenging: seeing cats and...

Buying a House in Turkey – Who, Where and When? (Part...

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a home or maybe you have your...

Expat Life: Struggles of My New Turkish Home

I arrived in Istanbul with little knowledge of the country, its culture or language. Straight from the vacation in Japan with my boyfriend and...

Psychological Counseling Options for Internationals in Istanbul

Being a foreigner studying or residing in a different country and a different culture makes one tend to seek for psychological help for various...

Expat Life: Why I chose to give birth in Turkey

Finding out that I was pregnant came as a complete surprise, my husband actually found out before I did, but that's a whole other...

Saving Money in Turkey

So you’ve come to Turkey and plan to stay for a while, or you already live here and have decided to save up some...

10 Best First Date Destinations in Istanbul

Whether it leads to a lasting romance or a cool new friendship, we all get excited about the synergy we might feel on a...

The Season of the Witch: Spooky Istanbul Explorations and the Hunt...

As the weather has instantly morphed into Fall (literally overnight I have gone from sweating due to the obscene muggy temperature, to sweating due...

5 Turkish Words I Can’t Live Without

Learning Turkish while living in Istanbul can be an experience both painstaking and profoundly exciting. There is an undefinable moment in this adventure -...

Weekend Getaway: Edirne

Looking for an affordable, easily explored, and architecture-filled weekend trip from Istanbul? Edirne is the place to be! While not as glamourous as other...

Obtaining a Work Permit in Turkey

The work permit process in Turkey is unclear or confusing for many people because of the bureaucracy and inconsistent manner in which information and...

Coming to your senses: The Olfactor

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is...

16 LGBT Friendly Cafes and Bars in Istanbul

With so many rapid changes happening in Turkey and the world, along with all the changes in our personal lives, the LGBT community needs...

Welcome to Istanbul: An Orientation Guide for Moving to & Living...

So you've decided to move to Istanbul. Hoş geldiniz and congrats on a fantastic decision! We're confident you'll love it here just as much...

Pet Life: On Having a Dog in Istanbul (The Adventures of...

Many will be quick to share the story of how prophet Mohammed cut his robe as to not disturb the slumber of a cat...

Kurban Bayramı: A Guide to “Sacrifice Feast” in Istanbul

If you are a fellow yabangee and have been noticing pictures of cattle hanging around in the streets lately, don’t worry. You haven’t stumbled...

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