Levantine Lessons: Discovering Syria in Istanbul

“Light is more important than the lantern, The poem more important than the notebook” ― Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani To the general public, Syria has become...

Tackling Turkish Tinder: 15 First Dates

Everybody’s doing it. Or so I’d been told. Acutely aware of the boundaries imposed by my inherent shyness, clumsiness and geriatric bedtime, I’ve never...

Review: Closet Circuit Drawing Classes

Originally set up as a space for creative sustainability, over the past year, Closet Circuit has hosted a variety of projects including a unique...

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...

The Tulip Pilgrimage: 12 Reasons to Visit Emirgan Park ASAP

The spring air has awoken the residents of Istanbul out of the drudgery of rainy winter cold. With great gusto, the masses emerge from...

The Basics of Pairing Drinks with Turkish Street Food

Pairing in Spanish means “maridaje”, which can also be translated as "marriage". So when we pair drinks with food we are metaphorically marrying a food...

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...

Haydarpaşa Cemetery: A Cemetery with Something to Say

As a long-time lover of cemeteries, I’m often telling people about my trip to this or that burial ground. Most have one question: “why?”...

166 Reasons Not to Leave Istanbul

These last months have not been easy. Our hearts ache for the country that has been a welcoming home away from home for so many of us....

Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul

When I first lived in Istanbul for 6 months in 2013, some of my most memorable days were spent simply wandering the old city...

Take 5: Cihangir (A Morning on Başkurt Sokak)

Istanbul arguably doesn’t really have one central district, like a downtown or a city center. It is a city of many centers, each with...

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...
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City Highlights: Sancaklar Cami

A friend of mine from the Czech Republic once told me her feelings while she visited Istanbul one year ago. She said that it...

Introducing: Securance – Residence Permit Health Insurance Made Easy

From the advertiser: Dear Guests, For years now, we have been one of Istanbul's leading executive agency insurance companies, promising professional service at a reasonable price...

Take 5: Çengelköy

Coming around a bend on the Anatolian side between the two bridges is the aptly named Çengelköy. The neighborhood, whose name means hook village in Turkish, is...

Romancing the Old City: A Somewhat Cynical Love Note to Istanbul

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. Then up he...

42 Istanbul Resolutions for 2016

1. Find some way to convince our friends & families that we're safe here. 2. Stop going to malls so much... or at all. 3. Use...

Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

A Walk around Üsküdar

For many people living on the European side of Istanbul, crossing over to the “other side” (the Anatolian side) seems like a trek, especially...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go when I’m the third wheel...

“Where can I go when I’m the awkward third wheel on a date?” This unfortunate situation has been endured by many, myself included. To make...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I take my friends or relatives who...

“Where can I take my friends or relatives who want to try Turkish ev yemekleri?” If you delve deep into Turkish cuisine, past the kebap...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?”

“Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?” Sometimes chocolate is not the sweet you crave. Maybe you fancy something made with honey, fruit and...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I get my bike repaired and grab...

“Where can I get my bike repaired and grab a cup of coffee?” The idyllic, almost-sleepy neighborhood of Yeniköy is not a place many people...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where’s the best place to break up with someone?”

“Where’s the best place to break up with someone?” There are several specific rules when you're about to break someone's heart in Istanbul. One, don't...

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