23 Turkish Phrases I Wish Someone Had Taught Me

There are a number of phrases that Turks use in daily life that you may not find properly explained in your Intro to Turkish...

Playing Tourist in Istanbul: Where to Find Peaceful and Relaxing Spots

When my family and I moved to Istanbul back in 2001, I had to convince others that Turkey was one of the most underrated...

The Tulip Pilgrimage: 12 Reasons to Visit Emirgan Park ASAP

The spring air has awoken the residents of Istanbul out of the drudgery of rainy winter cold. With great gusto, the masses emerge from...

The Journey of the Istanbul Ferry

Vendors and commuters criss-cross in front of the gates of the dock. My friend and I use the akbil dangles with the circular buttons...

Insider Trading: The Best Hot Chocolate @ Çikolata & Kahve

Whether living in New York City or Istanbul, we’re all looking for our own Central Perk. The quaint neighborhood place that beckons us in...

5 Tips for Learning Turkish as a Native English Speaker

I've found myself having the same conversation with various people over the past few months. It generally goes like this: "It's just different for native...

Zululuzu, Portuguese Theatre’s Turkish Debut

                They spoke to me of people, and of humanity. But I've never seen people, or humanity. I've seen various people, astonishingly dissimilar, Each separated from the next...

Three Rising Stars of Sourdough in Istanbul

As a foreigner in Istanbul, the search for good bread is an ongoing quest. According to Turkish friends who originate from smaller cities or...

Hiking the Lycian Way: What to Pack

For the past two and a half weeks, I've seen vastly more goats than people, feasted on oranges straight from the tree, slept in...

Türkiye Bursları: Fully Funded Graduate and Postgraduate Scholarships in Turkey

When I applied to the Türkiye Scholarships programme one year ago, I had no idea what an adventure I had ahead of me. In...

Top 5 Bookshops in Istanbul

Istanbul sure does have a lot to offer when it comes to the world of books - there are boutique retailers, hidden stores, retail...

How Bazaar: Istanbul’s Best Markets

When one thinks of shopping in Istanbul, there’s one particular place that usually springs to mind. The city’s most famous market, the Grand Bazaar,...
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Turkey’s Rise on the International Fashion Scene

This week Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul (MBFWI) was set to show why more and more Turkish stylists are inching their way up the ladder...

Turkish Residence Permit: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting your residence permit can seem like a massive undertaking, especially if you're unclear of certain steps along the way or have your own...

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...

The Untold Story of an African in Turkey

By Bairma Kihoro People have always been crossing borders. Not just geographical, but social, cultural and psychological ones as well. Everyone has their own dramas,...

Tackling Turkish Tinder: 15 First Dates

Everybody’s doing it. Or so I’d been told. Acutely aware of the boundaries imposed by my inherent shyness, clumsiness and geriatric bedtime, I’ve never...

International Cuisine in Istanbul: When Turkish Food Isn’t Enough

Why isn't love enough?  It's hard to compete with rakı while overlooking the Bosphorus.  It's even more difficult to suggest that your taste buds might...

Weekend Getaway: 48 Hours in Sofia, Bulgaria

In a city the size of Istanbul, it’s definitely understandable that sometimes you just want to get away. One place that would normally not...

Green Getaway: Atatürk Ormanı and Florya Sahil Parkı

Fighting against the stereotype that Istanbul has few green spaces or parks is not an easy thing to do. It’s a common complaint that...

Istanbul Porkquest 2014

There is a scientific theory that states: when three or more foreigners are in any room, their conversation will inevitably turn to Pork Sourcing....

Top 5 Istanbul Tea Gardens

Çay is the traditional black tea of Turkey... and one of my favorite things about day-to-day life in this country.  Even if you are more...

Camel Wrestling in the Land of the Efe

Camel wrestling is, in a word, raucous. Smoke permeates every inch of the earthen amphitheater, so much so that it is difficult to make...

Introducing ATÖLYE: A Community for Creatives

Istanbul lends itself to being a city of infinite potential and countless ideas, reinforced by the numerous creatives one comes across focused on turning...

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