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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

10 Must-Have Apps for Living in Istanbul

Long ago, great explorers traversed huge bodies of water with little more than the stars to guide them. And now? Well, you just need...

Obtaining a Work Permit in Turkey

The work permit process in Turkey is unclear or confusing for many people because of the bureaucracy and inconsistent manner in which information and...

Cheap Istanbul: 8 Things to Do for under 10 TL

Summer just won't seem to quit, and we all know how the heat tends to stifle any imagination when it comes to finding ways to...

Off the Beaten Track in Istanbul: Secret Food/Drink/Activity Spots

I’ve been in this crazy, lovely city for two years now, and although I cannot claim to know all its secrets, I have in...

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...

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...

Maintain Your Sanity Living in Istanbul: Ten Tips

Living in Istanbul is not for the faint of heart. We face a pretty hefty amount of stress on a daily basis – the hours...

Be Earthquake Ready

It’s the kind of story that sweeps down the gossip chain, becoming so popular that it morphs into an urban legend. The tale retold whenever...

Eleven Things No Turkish Home Should Be Without

Eleven essentials for the Turkish home: 1. Hamam kit – Regular trips to the hamam are an Istanbul institution. With this in mind it’s no...

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...

9 Tips to Know Before Visiting a Turkish Home

One day, after having heard our neighbor's son practicing his guitar almost daily, I went to her door and asked in piecemeal Turkish if...

Istanbul Basics: Opening a Bank Account in Turkey

There are several reasons why residents of Istanbul need a Turkish bank account - the most obvious being that it is required for most residence permit...

A Guide to Istanbul Earthquake Preparedness

With all the disturbing events in the news recently, it is easy to forget the more mundane, boring threats of life: pickpockets in Taksim,...

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...

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