Müslüm Gürses and The Rise of Arabesk

“Çilesiz bir günüm olmadı gitti Bilmedim ömrümün suçu ne usta Allah'ın gücüne gider mi bilmem Verdiği bu candan ben bıktım usta My carefree days never came I don’t know,...

St. Mary of the Mongols: The Last Byzantine Church

Nowadays Istanbul is known for its mosques, but prior to 1453, Constantinople was a completely Christian city replete with churches. Many of them exist to this day:...

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...

Review: Closet Circuit Drawing Classes

Originally set up as a space for creative sustainability, over the past year, Closet Circuit has hosted a variety of projects including a unique...

Insider Trading: Terkos Passage

Nestled between two of Istiklal’s more upscale establishments, Terkos Passage is one of Taksim’s finest bargain pazars. It is a place where flawed or...

10 Reasons Why Living in the Deep West Isn’t So Bad

Why make such a list? Because after each two hour journey home from Taksim in the early hours of the morning, I have to...

Aziz Nesin: Author, Humorist, Activist

At a gathering of the elite doctors of the world, speaker after speaker demonstrates a miracle of medical science. An operation able to change...
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For all the barefoot dancers: Patti Smith in Istanbul

“The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive...

Insider Trading: 80s, 90s Music with Capital Radio 101.0

Yabangee's most recent 90s party showed that while the 90s may be over time wise, the spirit and the music lives on. Who wouldn't...

How to Donate Blood in Istanbul as a Yabangee

One of the simplest and easiest ways to help others is to donate blood. Back in Barcelona I was a regular blood donor, donating...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?”

“Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?” Sometimes chocolate is not the sweet you crave. Maybe you fancy something made with honey, fruit and...

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Now In Istanbul

From the organizer: The world’s largest Drama Academy, which already exist in 30 countries, opened it’s first İstanbul branch this September and is now accepting...

Insider Trading: Street Art Istanbul Mobile App

In recent years, street-art has begun spreading like wildfire through Istanbul's winding alleyways and backstreets. Some of the best pieces are hidden gems, however,...

Hunting for Records in Istanbul, Part 1: Beyoğlu

For many commentators, the digital music revolution catalysed by iTunes over a decade ago signaled the end of all physical formats of music. With...

Haydarpaşa Cemetery: A Cemetery with Something to Say

As a long-time lover of cemeteries, I’m often telling people about my trip to this or that burial ground. Most have one question: “why?”...

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...

Diaries of a Couch Potato: How to Learn Turkish via Kiralık...

I have received a mixed bag of reactions from Turkish people when I explain that Kiralık Aşk is “my dizi.” It’s a barely-realistic technicolor drama...

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,...

Insider Trading: Rumeli Çikolatacısı

As one of the fanciest areas in Kadıköy, Moda has so many great places to eat and socialize that it's really hard to surprise...

Yabangee Summer Checklist

  Fear not fellow summer lovers! Yes, September approaches and all your expat teacher friends are bemoaning the end of their two-month-long vacations, but the...

Insider Trading: Wearable Sculptures by Sabrina Fresko

Tucked away in a cozy studio just at the edge of Ortaköy, Sabrina Fresko masterfully shapes hunks of wax into beautiful pieces of wearable...

Where to Find Istanbul’s 100% Ecological Markets

One of the great things about living in Istanbul (and Turkey more generally) is the incredible produce. Turkey benefits from more than a million...

Insider Trading: Arka Bahçe Çizgi Roman Dükkanı

Being an avid comic book fan and professed geek (I’m wearing my Joker converse as I write this) I always find myself looking for...

Yabangee Recommends: “My friend thinks the only good breakfast spot is...

“My friend thinks the only good breakfast spot is Van Kahvaltı Evi. Where can I take him out to brunch to prove him wrong?” So...

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