Miniatürk – Educational and Fun!

Miniatürk, situated on the North-Eastern shore of the Golden Horn, in a nutshell, is a display of the main monuments of Istanbul and Turkey...

Insider Trading: Aynalıkavak Palace

Surprising to say, but Ottoman palaces in Istanbul are a dime a dozen. Palaces were a necessary part of imperial life, but after the...

To the Black Sea and Back in a Day: A Scooter...

If you are longing for an excursion and escape from your everyday surroundings, sometimes there is no need to even leave the city.  One...

Sea Turtles in Turkey: Caretta Caretta Conservation at Iztuzu Beach

In a time of increasing disregard for the environment within Turkey, the conservation work being undertaken to protect endangered marine turtles on the southwest...

Introducing BookSerf: Exchange Books and Meet New People

In theory, BookSerf is a simple enough concept. You choose some of your own books you'd be willing to share, browse other people's selections and...

Insider Trading: Museum of Turkish Jews in Karaköy

You may not be aware that there is either a museum or a synagogue in central Karaköy, downhill from Galata Tower and directly facing the tram stop....

The Untold Story of an African in Turkey

By Bairma Kihoro People have always been crossing borders. Not just geographical, but social, cultural and psychological ones as well. Everyone has their own dramas,...

Istanbul’s Hidden Architecture: The Camondo Stairs

Strolling through Istanbul requires two basic skills: a good sense of direction and a strong pair of legs. The steep hills and windy streets...

Yeşilce: An Extraordinary Village with an Ordinary Name

I doubt Ordu ranks high on anyone’s list of places to visit in Turkey. It certainly wasn’t on my ‘must-see’ radar. It doesn’t have...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Bul

During my first few months in Istanbul I wasn’t exactly bowled over by the place. I thought it was pushy, crowded, ugly and disorganised....

Life Hack: Bank-free Nakit Cards for Online Shopping

When I moved to Istanbul I encountered problems with shopping online because websites wouldn't accept my foreign bank card. Although I later opened an account...

5 Things I’ll Miss Most About Istanbul

In a few days my wife and I will be leaving Istanbul after living here for three years. We have had an incredible time...

A Multitude of Mosques: The Book Covers of Turkish Novels in...

Some time ago, I was discussing Elif Şafak with a Turkish friend.  I mentioned that I was reading The Bastard of Istanbul, and after...

Cappadocia: A Few of My Favorite Things

Outside the bustling everyday life of Istanbul there is a magically serene interior, which I can only hope each of you are lucky enough...

Nicole Restaurant: Raising the Haute Cuisine Bar

My wife and I have something called “The List.” It started in Washington, D.C., when my then-fiancée and I had recently finished graduate business...

How to Get a Turkish Residence Permit (Updated June 2014)

Obtaining a Turkish residence permit used to be a pain, but not incredibly challenging if you had all the necessary paperwork. Now though, with...

An Ode to Yabangee

Well this isn’t technically an ode seeing as poetry intimidates me. What it is though, is a giant shout-out to all you Yabangee-ers out...

Istanbul to Sofia Train Ride: Cigarette Smuggling and Bribery on the...

You can read Part 1 here. It was around three or four in the morning before we reached the border, where all the fun began....

Istanbul to Sofia Train Ride: Cigarette Smuggling and Bribery on the...

An evening on the oat sodas on Kadıköy’s infamous bar street brought an idea into my friend’s head: we should head to Bulgaria. Whilst...

Istanbul’a Hoş Geldiniz: Best Istanbul-Centric Facebook Groups

Moving to a new city is stressful -- new people, a new job, a new culture, new rules. It can often be overwhelming trying to...

Memnun Oldum, Antakya

Some places in the world make you want to gush and at the same time bite your tongue, as if there were an unspoken...

Insider Trading: Belly Dancing with Megan Blackford

Belly dancing is not something I’d always dreamed of doing. In the US, this style of dance has been pretty stigmatized and sexualized. Coming...

In Conversation with Justin and Busra of Turkish Tea Time

Let’s be honest, us Yabangees know all too well that the online resources available for learning Turkish are far from enjoyable and rarely interactive....

Five Cocktails to Make This Summer

It's an undeniable part of life in Istanbul that, while it has many things going for it, the city is somewhat lacking in resources...

Yabangee Essentials

Yabangee Classics