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...

Winter Drinks: Searching for Real Sahlep

With all the snow in Istanbul this winter, and the unforgettable sights it brought of children sledding, snowmen in coats, and seagulls waddling in...

Walking the Rainbow: Istanbul’s Colorful Stairs

Protest in Turkey can take many forms. Sadly enough, few of them will leave a positive imprint on your memory: TOMAs and tear gas,...

Smoke on the Water: Istanbul’s Vapurs

With its long and colourful history, its unique geographical position, its collection of characters, cultures, and creeds, Istanbul has no shortage of laudable attributes....

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...

Turkey at the Expo Milano 2015: Food, Hospitality, Design

The World Expo, held this year in Milan, is one of the foremost opportunities for states to dazzle the rest of the world. This...

The Journey of the Istanbul Ferry

Vendors and commuters criss-cross in front of the gates of the dock. My friend and I use the akbil dangles with the circular buttons...

Bosphorus Walk: Rumelihisarı to Bebek

Istanbul on a warm weekend day can be both a blessing and a hazard: the beauty of the city on a fair day is...

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...

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...

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...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Turkish Fortune-Telling Culture

After observing several overturned coffee cups with increasing curiosity during my first few months here, it became apparent that one does not simply sip...

Take 5: Karaköy (Shopping Edition)

Karaköy is a unique neighborhood with a mishmash of art, culture and food all packed into a zigzag of tiny streets and alleys. Although...

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...

Volunteering in Istanbul: Tarlabaşı Community Center

Many of us find doing volunteer work to be a fulfilling way to connect with our community. For yabangees, volunteering can be a great...

Setting of Records: Istanbul’s New Mosque

  Three years ago building of a new mosque began on one of the highest hills of the city, where roosters still crow and visitors...

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...

Insider Trading: Fahrenheit 451 Recycling Store

You can walk into any chain bookstore in Istanbul and find stacks of neatly ordered books. Normally, they have the recently published stuff, and...

Turkey’s Rise on the International Fashion Scene

This week Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul (MBFWI) was set to show why more and more Turkish stylists are inching their way up the ladder...

The Byzantine Chronicles: The (Re-imagined) History of Byzantium from Constantine to...

The Byzantine Chronicles, a new blog by Yabangee contributor Timothy Mottram, sets out to shed light on some of Byzantium’s history through fictitious narratives. Each...

The Şakirin Mosque

There are more than 3000 active mosques in Istanbul and, in terms of architectural style, they can generally be categorized as either Byzantine (ancient...

Big News: Turkey to have a permanent venue in the Venice...

Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from...

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,...

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:...

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