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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...

Residence Permit Health Insurance – Our Quick, Easy and Affordable Application...

If you've landed here, you're likely in need of health insurance for your residence permit application. We've partnered up with Securance Sigorta to ensure...

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...

Getting to the Airport: More Than One Way to Getaway

Going on weekend getaways is one of the perks of living in Istanbul. The Mediterranean sun is just a hop, skip and a jump...

Student Life: 8 Tips to Live in Istanbul on a Student...

Is living on a budget a choice or an obligation? In my case, unfortunately, it had to be an obligation. I’ve moved to Istanbul...

10 podcasts to help you beat the Istanbul commute

If you’re anything like me, or the average Istanbul resident, you probably spend a larger percentage of your life commuting than you’d like to...

Buying a House in Turkey – Who, Where and When? (Part...

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a home or maybe you have your...

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...

Saving Money in Turkey

So you’ve come to Turkey and plan to stay for a while, or you already live here and have decided to save up some...

3, 2, 1, Let’s Run Istanbul!

I am one of those people who never liked running. When I was younger I hated even the thought of it. After I moved to...

Buying a Home in Turkey – Getting a Mortgage (Part IV)

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a home or maybe you have your...

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...

An Expat’s Guide to Hamams

Sometimes the grit and grime and non-stop pace of the city just get overwhelming. You need a break from the packed Metrobus and the...

Psychological Counseling Options for Internationals in Istanbul

Being a foreigner studying or residing in a different country and a different culture makes one tend to seek for psychological help for various...

Hunting for Records in Istanbul, Part 2: Kadıköy

In the first part of this series, I spent the day browsing through Beyoğlu’s record shops. A few days later, once the gloomy weather had...

A Guide to Correctly Queuing in Istanbul

A few days ago I was waiting for the bus in the ridiculously long line at Beşiktaş Square - some mornings the line turns...

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...

How to Make Friends as a Foreigner in Istanbul

It hit me a few weeks after moving to Istanbul two years ago. I was stressed and confused by so many things like accommodation...

A Guide to Adopting Street Animals in Turkey

As an animal lover, one of my favorite aspects of life in Turkey can also be one of the most challenging: seeing cats and...

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...

Get Your Residence Permit in 13 (Somewhat) Easy Steps

Editor's Note: This piece has been updated as of November 2016. First things first: who exactly needs a residence permit? Anyone who enters Turkey as...

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...

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...

Buying a House in Turkey – Finding the Right Place (Part...

So, you’ve been in Turkey for a while and decided that it might make sense to buy a house or maybe you have your...

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