Waymarking the Carian Trail – Part 1

Okay guys, we’ve all had enough of winter. The cozy appeal has washed away and we’ve had enough of staying inside, going to the...

Introducing ATÖLYE: A Community for Creatives

Istanbul lends itself to being a city of infinite potential and countless ideas, reinforced by the numerous creatives one comes across focused on turning...

Diaries of a Couch Potato: How to Learn Turkish via Kiralık...

I have received a mixed bag of reactions from Turkish people when I explain that Kiralık Aşk is “my dizi.” It’s a barely-realistic technicolor drama...

BLOK art space: Empowering Istanbul’s Contemporary Art Scene

Gallery spaces can too often reflect a highbrow approach to art which can be off-putting to the more casual art enthusiast. This is where BLOK...

Watch Out: The Cross in the Golden Horn

Minarets and mosque domes, side by side with skyscrapers, dominate today's Istanbul skyline. Roaming the streets of Fatih district, one quickly forgets that for many centuries...

Living with Terror

Let’s first and foremost acknowledge the great privilege of being able to choose your place of residence. Most people are not granted the luxury...

10 Steps to a Unique New Year’s Eve House Party

Editor's Note: With NYE around the corner, most of us are still trying to plan this year's celebrations. We thought Meredith's post from 2014 (still as...

Weekend Getaway: Bursa

If you need something new to suppress the bad-weather blues or you just want to get out of Istanbul and into your ski boots,...

Travelling to Turkey with Pets 101

Moving is a big deal. The whole process of packing your items and shifting from one place to another is tiring and time-consuming. Relocating...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Beginner’s Guide to Turkish Hip Hop, by Ege Çubukçu

As a follow-up to our interview with rapper and all-round nice guy of Turkish hip hop, Ege Çubukçu, we asked him to put together a playlist...

I Wake Up Torn

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in...

I’ll take you to the Pudding Shop: A taste of...

My first introduction to Istanbul came via embellished story, when my father regaled me as a pre-teen with tales of his freewheelin' hippie misadventures traveling...

Weekend Getaway: Xanthi & Thessaloniki (Part 2)

Part 2 focuses on Thessaloniki, Greece and is a continuation of part 1. After another three hours of driving, our next stop was Thessaloniki. We checked in...

Southern Excursion: Turunç

Waking to the smell of jasmine growing outside my window and having a chorus of birds coax me out of bed, I feel welcomed...

University Guide: Boğaziçi University

Boğaziçi University, commonly shortened to BU, was founded in 1863 as Robert College and is the first American higher education institution founded outside of the...

Cheap Thrills in Rumeli Hisarı and Bebek

Boğaziçi University -- It has to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Turkey. With its American-style campus buildings, many of which are constructed out...

Weekend Getaway: Xanthi & Thessaloniki (Part 1)

Part 1 focuses on Xanthi, Greece. Part 2 focuses on Thessaloniki. Our family loves travelling. Whenever we have such an opportunity we always use it. We’ve been to lots...

University Guide: Istanbul University

Istanbul University (İstanbul Üniversitesi) is the oldest and one of the most prominent universities in Turkey, having been established in 1453 first as a...

University Guide: Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University, known to most as simply "Bilgi", is a private, liberal-arts university founded in 1994. Bilgi is frequently ranked as one of...

Yabangee Essentials

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