Bizim Hikaye: ‘Shameless,’ Minus the Shame

It can be revealing, if moot, to compare an original series to an adaption, especially in terms of culture. But what stands out immediately upon...

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...

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...

Introducing Asya Tömer: Comprehensive, Affordable Turkish Courses for All Levels

Undoubtedly one of the most surprising qualities of Turkey's international community is how few foreigners have taken the time to learn Turkish despite choosing...

Leaving Turkey with Pets 101

Well, hello there. Chances are you are leaving Turkey with your pet, and you’ve stumbled upon this page looking for advice. Don’t worry, we're...

The World is a Square: A Briefing on the History and...

With its own attraction and magic this game seems to appear everywhere, may it be in the çay evi or at home, tavla is...

Getting Married in Turkey: Frequently Asked Questions

So you’re thinking about getting married in Turkey. If you’re a foreigner, you probably have quite a few questions about the process. I’m a...

Ramadan in Turkey: A Primer

This post was originally published in July 2013.  Ramadan, pronounced in Turkish as Ramazan, is once again upon us. There are the basic tenets of...

Live Music in Istanbul: 12 of the City’s Best Venues

There's nothing like a great concert, especially when life is stressful. The catharsis of listening to a live band and perhaps even dancing has...

A Glimpse at the Magic of Turkish Tea

When you traverse the streets of Turkey you can see it all around. Everyone is sitting around consuming it. It’s red, it’s hot and...

Seasonal Foods in Turkey: A Breakdown

Life is a collection of rhythms, reflecting humanity’s collective love of tradition and routine. Yet for many around the world, the rhythm of the...

Street Market Smarts: Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)

There are pockets of the old traditions that remain in Istanbul, not because of any particular devotion to the past but because sometimes the...

A Daytrip to the Black Sea

It is not as though we've all been spoiled by the weather in recent months. Noses hidden and protected by thick scarves as well...

#Reshape Your City – Istanbul’s Urban Thinkers Summit

After the success of the Social Impact Summit in December, Istanbul&I, a volunteer youth community dedicated to social impact is organizing another summit -- this time about...

Istanblues Be Gone! A Rainy Day Guide

Unpredictable Spring showers can put a real dampener (pun intended) on one's social calendar. But even if you have exhausted the city’s museums and...

Street Market Smarts: Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar)

The Grand Bazaar has been important for as long as this city has. That is to say, the emergence of the bazaar didn’t take...
Permanent Collections

6 Permanent Istanbul Collections Worth (Re)visiting

What comes to your mind, when you hear the word Istanbul? After living here for almost four years, there are many words and associations which...

Street Market Smarts: Beylikdüzü Beygah Pazarı

Bazaars. Turkey has a lot of them, but we don’t seem to get enough. Whether it is the chaotic yet welcoming atmosphere, pricing, or...

Expat Life: Having a Baby in Turkey

It’s amazing how things can change in just a few short years. Three years ago, I accepted a job in Turkey. Six months later...

Street Market Smarts: Bomonti Organic Market (Şişli %100 Ekolojik Pazar)

Every Saturday from 7:00 - 17:00 in the Şişli Belediyesi Otopark, amongst the neighborhood’s urban sprawl, you can find organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, personal...

My Big Fat Turkish Wedding Dress: An Istanbul Guide

If I knew then what I know now: Which neighborhood has the best, cheapest or most fashionable dresses? How much should I pay? Should I...

Street Market Smarts: Beşiktaş Cumartesi Pazarı

If you love produce it's safe to say that any market in Turkey will be a delight for the senses. Mounds of green peppers...

Tax Season Approacheth: Tips for U.S. Expats

It was 2014, when I realized that the last time that I had filed taxes was the year that George W Bush decided he...
Seyahan

In Conversation with Gökhan Bahtışen and Amylin Loglisci, Seyahan Jewelry

I first came to Seyahan Jewelry because my longtime friend, Amylin Loglisci, was exhibiting her exquisite paintings there last year. Each watercolor painting illustrated...

Yabangee Essentials

Yabangee Classics