Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

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...

Insider Trading: Tasty, Tangy Yogurt in Kanlıca

I've annoyed my friends a million times by repeating this, but I like to tell people that the reason I moved back to Turkey...

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...

More Çays, More Guys (2): Exploring Online Dating & Winter Drinks...

Right before Valentine’s Day, I published a piece here on Yabangee about my online-dating and winter-drinks-sampling adventures across Istanbul. (Un)surprisingly, I received a lot...

Introducing BookSerf: Exchange Books and Meet New People

In theory, BookSerf is a simple enough concept. You choose some of your own books you'd be willing to share, browse other people's selections and...

Insider Trading: Belly Dancing with Megan Blackford

Belly dancing is not something I’d always dreamed of doing. In the US, this style of dance has been pretty stigmatized and sexualized. Coming...

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...

Introducing: Securance – Residence Permit Health Insurance Made Easy

From the advertiser: Dear Guests, For years now, we have been one of Istanbul's leading executive agency insurance companies, promising professional service at a reasonable price...

Discussing the Dönme with Artist and Researcher C.M. Kösemen (Part 1)

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire was a place of incredible cosmopolitanism. What is often overlooked is the existence of “syncretic” peoples,...

Discussing the Dönme with Artist and Researcher C.M. Kösemen (Part 2)

Dayla Rogers continues her conversation with artist and researcher C.M. Kösemen about the Dönme and their history.  You are a person of Dönme background. A...

The A-Z of Turkish Music

Let me say straight away that this is not an encyclopedic or historical article on Turkish music. Rather, these are my observations on the...

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...

Aradolu: Organic and Homemade Turkish Goods

It seems safe to say that organic is now a thing in Turkey. This isn't that surprising, actually, as villagers all over the country...

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,...

Burgazada: Escape from the City

Editor's note: Anyone interested in camping on Burgazada should be aware that it is in fact illegal to camp on the Princes' Islands and...

Announcement: Free Wi-Fi Spots in Istanbul

Starting in April the metropolitan municipality of Istanbul (İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi) will offer free Wi-Fi hotspots at a number of the city’s squares and...

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...

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...

5 Burgeoning Food Trends in Istanbul

Let’s just admit it: Istanbul is saturated with coffee shops. Yes, it kind of makes sense -- the city was formerly the capital of...

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...

Insider Trading: Bosphorus Brewing Company

Let’s be honest: Turkey isn’t exactly renowned for its beer. Efes and Bomonti, the country’s two homegrown brands, leave a lot to be desired,...

In Conversation with Samer Al-Kadri of Pages, Istanbul’s First Arabic Bookstore...

Located within quick reach of the historical Chora Museum, Pages, the first Arabic bookstore in Istanbul, marks a historic moment for the city and...

5 Tips for Getting Around Istanbul with a Young Baby

There's a maxim of which every new parent should be reminded, and it's something about how nobody else is as interested in your baby...

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