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...
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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...

Take 5: Kuzguncuk

Housing some of Istanbul's oldest churches and synagogues, Kuzguncuk historically was a cosmopolitan mix of Ottoman Istanbul's many cultures. Today, although a little more homogeneous, it...

Cheap Thrills in Rumeli Hisarı and Bebek

Boğaziçi University -- It has to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Turkey. With its American-style campus buildings, many of which are constructed out...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I find the best falafel in town?”

“Where can I find the best falafel in town?” Nestled in the heart of Beyoğlu is a chicken; a chicken wearing a bright, red cowboy...

Jacqueline Cookies: A Sweet Taste of Home in Cihangir

Long-term residents of Turkey know that buying cookies here can be a fraught activity. Turkish kurabiye (cookies), while delicious, are typically dry and biscuity, quite different from...

Insider Trading: Mua-licious

Summer, fall, winter, or spring, we all want ice cream. Luckily, the ice cream makers at Mua have a flavor for every season. Their...

Memnun Oldum, Antakya

Some places in the world make you want to gush and at the same time bite your tongue, as if there were an unspoken...

Republic Day: A Last-Minute Guide

Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı) is this Wednesday, 29 October, and the holiday officially begins Tuesday afternoon. Republic Day commemorates the declaration of the Republic of...

Turkish Coffee from Beans to Telve – A Global and Local...

Like many of history’s greatest culinary discoveries, that of coffee stemmed from a noisy, restless goat and his attendant farmer’s desire for an undisturbed...

Green Getaway: Polonezköy

There are times when Istanbul can be too much, at least for a country girl like me. Especially in the summer, as the sticky...

Istanbul Recycling 101

When I first came to Istanbul in October of 2014, I was completely bewildered by the recycling system. I found almost nothing on the...

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...

Barbarossa: A Monument in Passing, But a Legend on the White...

If you have ever strolled through the ferry port of Beşiktaş on the European side of Istanbul, chances are you have walked past a...

Take 5: Cihangir (A Morning on Başkurt Sokak)

Istanbul arguably doesn’t really have one central district, like a downtown or a city center. It is a city of many centers, each with...

Southern Excursion: Turunç

Waking to the smell of jasmine growing outside my window and having a chorus of birds coax me out of bed, I feel welcomed...

Learning Turkish: What You’re Up Against

The task of learning a new language while living in a foreign country can be a fun challenge. But it can also be stressful, and...

Life Hack: Trafi Türkiye App

About a year ago, Yabangee featured a review of some mobile apps that can help you get around and navigate Istanbul’s often confusing public...

Insider Trading: Atatürk Arboretum

Tired of over-crowded Istanbul parks? Want a larger natural space to walk through? Want to leave the city, but not go too far? Well,...

Istanbul’a Hoş Geldiniz: Best Istanbul-Centric Facebook Groups

Moving to a new city is stressful -- new people, a new job, a new culture, new rules. It can often be overwhelming trying to...

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