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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...

10 Best First Date Destinations in Istanbul

Whether it leads to a lasting romance or a cool new friendship, we all get excited about the synergy we might feel on a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Issues with Joint Bank Accounts in Turkey

If you have lived in Turkey for a while, you’ve probably got an account with a local bank. It is easy enough to open...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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