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Talha describes himself as a self motivated amateur photographer. He is also an engineer, technology enthusiast, art and music lover. Born and raised in Istanbul, he follows his creativity and inspiration on the streets of the city. You can check out his Instagram and flickr.
Originally from London, bad weather plus a desire to reconnect with her Anatolian roots pushed Talya into relocating to Istanbul in November 2016. Since then she’s been trying (and failing) to burn the added pounds from her new found poğaça obsession.
Michael Barngrover is an American resident of Istanbul. He lives with his Turkish wife and cats, is finishing up a masters thesis at Boğaziçi University, and usually looking at new opportunities to investigate. After 7 years living as an expat, including a year in a refugee camp and 5 years in Istanbul, Michael finds the more mundane aspects of big city life fascinating. One day he will write his novel and start his gaming company, hopefully while still living in Istanbul.
Drew is an American who ended up in Istanbul by a cross combination of wanting some adventure and fate. She has been here for nearly half a decade. Some of her favorite things include pickles, travel and meeting new people. Due to her self-proclaimed obsession with hot sauce, she considers herself a spice and hot sauce connoisseur. She loves foreign languages and is currently working on mastering Turkish! Usually, you can find her exploring, hanging in her neighborhood of Kadıköy chatting up strangers or seeking out local live music shows around the city.
Eric James Beyer is an Istanbul-based writer who was born and raised in the American Midwest, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. He moved to Turkey later that same year. He has worked as an editor and a freelance contributor for The Guide Istanbul magazine, and most recently developed and co-curated the publication’s “The Word Istanbul” spread, which showcased the city’s local and upcoming literary talent. His work has also been featured on sites such as Bianet.org and the London-based podcast Lunar Poetry. You can see more of his work on his website, twostoriestall.com.
Nilce has been living in Istanbul for 7 years, experiencing different neighbourhoods and enjoying getting to know unique sides of each and every one of them. Besides working on articles and a thesis on media & communications as a graduate student, Nilce is a radio enthusiast who took part in different radio stations and running her own radio show/podcast series called Globetrotter (and Mixcloud). Nilce is constantly dreaming of traveling the world, while at the same time discovering new reasons to embrace the city and diverse culture of Istanbul.
Isadora works as a freelance journalist and translator. She is also a contributor to the alternative guidebook for Turkey, Hike East, and the founder and editor of www.vivistanbul.com, a web resource for Italians living in Istanbul. Obviously Italian.
Olga is an Istanbul-based Ukrainian filmmaker, journalist and visual storyteller who sees the world in movie scenes. One of her fondest childhood memories is the miracle of a picture appearing on paper during the process of printing a photo in an improvised darkroom filled with red light where she was helping her photography-enthusiast father. She still remembers the smell of the chemicals used.
Ryan made the mistake of studying philosophy in university. He has many questions and few answers. He once asked a seagull what it was passionate about. It squawked, snatched his lahmacun, and flew away.
Alba came to Istanbul to live the stories she will one day write about. Just like in the photo, she likes having her head between two worlds.
Santi is an architect passionate about travelling and writing about the hidden corners and the ordinary beauty of cities. He left his home in Barcelona and moved to Istanbul following the blend of architecture and energy, new challenges for his insatiable curiosity and love. He now thoroughly enjoys writing for Time Out Istanbul and Yabangee.
Melissa is an English-Irish / Turkish world citizen based in Istanbul. She’s very interested in humanitarian work and activism through art, literature and music. A singer, song-writer & guitarist she also enjoys writing poetry and articles. Currently the National Director at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Türkiye she additionally sings in a Reggae-Rock band Zeytin and is co-founder of Jam Sessions Turkey.
Izel is an architect, designer, art lover, traveler, dreamer, dog owner, sunset hunter and light-hearted party girl who was made in Samatya, Istanbul. She loves watching sunsets, having experiences, eating ice cream, talking too much and dancing a lot. She is always looking for things to do with her soul, creativity and love. She believes every other city is jealous of the beauty of Istanbul.
According to my Turkish host family, I’m a crazy American who is oddly enthusiastic about running. According to my host family’s friends, I’m an American spy gathering intel. According to my American family, I’m purposefully avoiding them by escaping to Turkey. Most importantly, according to me, I’m just a girl who has found refuge in the magic of Istanbul and successfully avoided adulting for the time being. In my efforts to avoid adulting, I am training for a marathon, exploring Istanbul’s many coffee shops, learning 3 languages and trying to explain to friends and family back home that Istanbul is the best.
Anna is Istanbul-based international photographer, in love with this city since her first visit here three years ago. Crazy workaholic, passionate traveller, teacher of photography and fine arts, participant of numerous photography and art exhibitions in different countries including Turkey, speaker and presenter (about photography of course) at international congresses. Since 2013 works in Istanbul as youth education, sports and leisure programs photographer. Loves cats. This is one of the reasons, why she loves Istanbul even more – it is truly a cats’ paradise. You can find her on Instagram or visit her website.
Simultaneously, trying to taste every dessert I set my eyes on and overthrow my sweet tooth for eternity. Frequently like to respond, “Why not?” to “Why Turkey?”
Born and raised in Istanbul, Onur is an architect and urban designer. Passionate about cities and urban life, he lived in New York City, Berlin, Stockholm, and Singapore. He loves writing, wide range of music, independent movies, and photography.
Born and raised in Istanbul. Lawyer to be. Nerd about movies, travelling, photography, eating and movies again. As her beloved Florence Welch said she loves any music that makes her feel like she wants to jump in the air, fall on the floor, scream, throw herself out of a window, etc. Out there, expanding her universe.
Irish man living in Istanbul for the past several years. Yet to properly get to grips with Beyoğlu, but still enthralled by its glitz and its grit in equal measure. Hopes to leave knowing plenty of Turkish.
Boğaziçi University student. Over-caffeinated. Under-motivated (except about Yabangee, of course).
Çelik Gezer is a veteran of all Istanbul has to offer and a long-time connoisseur of the city’s nightlife scene. In addition to photographing Yabangee events, he is also working on his own portfolio. He can usually be found making the trek between continents in pursuit of the evening’s festivities.
Growing up in the sun burnt pancake commonly known as the American Midwest, Will developed an attraction to Ancient History and hopped the first train out of Dodge. He studied Classics at university in Walla Walla, Washington. He then worked for a year as a waiter in Denver, Colorado before moving to Istanbul. Will enjoys learning about the history of the city as well as its cast of characters, ancient and modern. You can find him most days wherever there are two good trees to swing a hammock from.
Paz Griot is a spoken word poet, visual artist, actor, playwright, and performer originally from New York City. He has been living in Istanbul for 2 years and traveling the world since high school, including the United States Peace Corps and the University of Hyderabad, India. He has written and published several poems, performed in countless plays and open mic events, written seven plays and exhibited his paintings, collages, and sculptures in six gallery shows in New York. He was awarded the Blue Dot Award for innovation in visual arts in 2011 by the Art Students League. He is currently writing his eighth play, launching a Zen meditation group, and pursuing freelance opportunities in writing and editing. You can also follow him on his Youtube channel.
Erica Eller is an American living in Istanbul. She collected degrees prior to moving abroad and now, she lives by teaching English. She writes obsessively and she’s held in thrall by an addiction to literature and language, a deep concern for ecology, a love of art and aesthetics, and a nostalgia for her past as a performing musician. See her latest blog on biodiversity at biodivvy.com. See her blog on cultural commentary (book reviews, falan filan) at pompandintertext.com.
Špela is from Slovenia (no, not Slovakia) and moved to Istanbul to pursue a PhD in Art History. Besides studying and teaching work, she has many interests and hobbies. Current passions include running and discovering new cuisines. Historical heritage, vivid art scene, infinite opportunities and meeting people from all over the world are things that she loves the most about Istanbul. You can follow her Turkish experience on her blog Istanbul Konstantinopel.
Born in Istabul and raised in Izmir and Ankara, Asli came back to Istanbul for university where she received her MBA and worked at various multinational companies as a healthcare marketing analytics expert for ten years. She also founded a social enterprise called Aslının Dolabı to collect and distribute unused clothes for charity donations. Asli has always had a passion for photography. She has a Fashion Photography and Styling certificate from Istanbul Moda Akademisi and has participated in many professional photography workshops alongside her corporate career. Last year Asli started a new alternative career journey as a kids and family photographer. Additonally, her love of travel and street photography found her crossing paths with Yabangee, where she contributes as a city photographer. Be sure to check out her Instagram.
Born in Ankara, teenaged in Austria and came of age in the U.S., Zeynep just returned to Turkey after having spent more than half of her life abroad. She is excited to get her umlauts back, but not looking forward to memorizing her 11-digit national ID number.
Tod is an Izmir based Art Director and human rights volunteer. When he doesn’t listen to Stoner Rock on extreme volume levels, he undertakes the task of designing for Yabangee.com. You can check his work at todguzel.com.
After a few brief flings with the city, Emma has finally moved full-time to Istanbul. A forever-student of Ottoman and Turkish history, she enjoys reading and writing about the city’s past and present.
Cansu Pelin Isbilen
Architect, photographer, designer, traveller, writer, lindy hopper, lotus eater. Pelin is always busy doing too many things which results in doing nothing but celebrating life. She is doing her MSc in Design and working as a full-time architect. She likes to create “adventure time” where she experiments in order to make people happy and cozy. She holds open dinners on Mondays in her home where she gathers people. She likes to read books, take photographs, organize home-made events, cook for people, travel new places, question herself and share her ideas with others. For more information, you can visit her website or follow her on Instagram.
Dave has been in Istanbul since 2014 by way of Chicago and Oakland, CA. When he isn’t working, he’s exploring the Country for the best: kebabs, dive bars, or next locations to write about on his blog (davejaques.wordpress.com). You can usually find him on his couch reading or watching Netlfix, or about town at a basketball game or concert.
A passionate observer of cultures and small critters – Emily grew up in Colorado, studied for her M.A. in Krakow, Poland, then found herself working as a university instructor here in Istanbul. She thoroughly enjoys the idiosyncrasies of this city and can often be caught staring into the Bosporus for hours on end, contemplating the mere absurdity of it all. She is also a contributor to www.wanderingeducators.com.
Artist+designer+yogi+runner+dancer. Life enthusiast and movement addict. Roaming around Istanbul, out and about, looking for the next exciting thing!
Melis is a fusion of cultures and nationalities. Born in Riyadh to Turkish parents, she grew up in the international, expat, and largely American community of Riyadh. She moved on to live also in the States, Italy, Belgium, and Malta, and has been a resident of Istanbul since 2004. She has a passion for music, fine arts, and the planet! She is a freelance journalist of classical music, and also runs the Faceboook page The Stage Cat where she shares news of classical concerts, events, festivals, and interviews.
Sally moved to Istanbul from Toronto in search of adventure and creative inspiration. She’s currently enjoying plenty of both. When she isn’t working, Sally splits her time between soaking up sunshine, practicing yoga, spending time with friends, traveling, writing, missing her family, and relaxing at home with Netflix or a great book.
Angela believes in movement. The movement of feet in long runs for happiness, the movement of the pen on a piece of paper for freedom and the movement of people across countries for discovery. Her passion for Balkan culture took her from Argentina to Kosovo were she lived for a few years and had the opportunity to visit Istanbul several times. After the tenth visit, the long lasting love for this fascinating city was undeniable and she decided to move. Here she teaches Spanish, drinks rakı, keeps learning, keeps moving.
Jamie is a freelance editor, writer and over-thinker. Fights off Istanbul fatigue by learning Turkish and imagining ideas to pitch to magazines and newspapers.
Joey is a friendly wannabe hipster from London trying to make it in the big city as a lifestyle and travel writer. But now the big city isn’t London, it’s Istanbul, although much of the parameters are the same, other than the weather, lifestyle, food, people, culture and language. He is lucky to be able to grow a beard to help him fit in, although the real reason he has one is so he looks older than 14. Passions include playing music, beer and ice cream.
Cameron Loftus is a former cook who left his job to eat and write. He is searching the world over for the best chai latte and is always looking for the next best pizza. He loves to read, write, and wander the streets of Istanbul looking for a new favorite place to eat and drink. Follow his blog: www.theeuroad.com for more musings on food, drinks, and life.
Passionate about travelling and photography. Has lived in 4 countries already and visited more than 25 (from Argentina to Japan). Always looking for inspiration in nature and new places. More of her pictures on Flickr & Instagram.
Sally is the face of Foodie Frolics. This Istanbul business venture was inspired by her quest to find good quality affordable Turkish wines and her Melbourne, Australian grown foodie fusion roots. Creating food pairings for wine tastings, catering, walking tours, event management and writing are amongst her many talents, although she is a professional saxophonist and teacher by trade. Check out more of her Istanbul foodie adventures at http://www.foodiefrolics.com.
Brenden grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in psychology. He then lived in Vienna, Austria for a short time before settling in Istanbul where he’s been for the past five years. He started writing for Yabangee in 2013 and is now on the editorial team.
Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu
Yasemin spent some of her childhood living in Istanbul before moving to England to start school. As her father’s side of the family is Turkish, she often returns to visit and is currently completing an exchange program at Sabancı University. Yasemin has been a keen participant in student media, print, online and on the radio and her online portfolio can be viewed here. She most enjoys walking around exploring the city and sampling the amazing cuisine — you can never go wrong with Iskender or Lahmacun!
Jennifer is a French (nobody’s perfect) retired professional tennis player athlete who, after being a tennis coach in Istanbul for two years has decided to fully embrace her writing aspirations. She believes that the city’s beauty and chaos intensively feeds her creativity and enjoys writing in any type of transportation (especially in the dolmuş during rush hours). She recently launched her own storytelling platform called Unique Stories that provides content about all the amazing souls living in Istanbul in English, Turkish and French and ghostwriting services. You can also check out Unique Stories on Instagram @uniquestories.co.
Born in Toronto, Chris is a teacher by trade with an untold number of passions, the foremost being writing. After studying in Oslo for a period and teaching in Seoul for another, he now shares his thoughts on bustling, ever-changing Istanbul. For the foreseeable future, he’s awfully happy about that. His writing has been published in a handful of countries, and he’s also been running a travel blog along the way.
Sharon was born in Tehran, grew up in Toronto, and now lives in Istanbul. She is currently an exchange student at Boğaziçi University, with an M.A. from the University of Toronto. Nothing gets Sharon excited like a good conversation about the water supply history of the Ottoman Empire, which happened to be the topic of her M.A. thesis. On her downtime, she enjoys running through the 6ix with her woes.
Arya Afshar Mohajer
Arya is a Music student, part-time English teacher, and an aspiring writer. He left his home country of Iran just before turning 18. Arya has been in Istanbul since late 2010 and studies music at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Niels van Mossevelde
This semester I got the opportunity to study at Sabancı University. Having studied ‘Food Engineering’ in a small town called Wageningen in the Netherlands (imagine green, silent and boring), Istanbul is a little bit of change. In between rides to campus in Tuzla, I try to enjoy daily life in Kadıköy, dance ‘Halay’, travel in Turkey, run, eat a lot, ride every ferry, eat more, try to speak in broken Turkish and shoot some photographs. You can follow me on Instagram.
Neeha is a TCK Indian who has a special connection with the number 7. After having spent 7 years in Dubai, 7 years in Istanbul and 7 years in New York, she is ready for her next adventure. She is returning back to her true love Istanbul to focus on her writing career for a couple of months before jetting off to France to pursue her MBA at INSEAD. You can follow her rants and antics on Twitter @NeehaMujeeb.
Having returned to Istanbul after living 2.5 years in Boston, Baris feels like a part of him is irretrievably “yabangee” to this relentlessly-changing-but-always-beautiful city. Check out for his urban adventures as an insider (and sometimes as an outsider).
An insider to the Syrian and Arab community in Istanbul, Kaiser is a willing to be filmmaker from Syria based in Istanbul. Besides being very enthusiastic about doing video work for Yabangee, Kaiser wishes to bring more awareness about the green community in Istanbul.
After doing what we all wish we could do, Sveta threw caution to the wind and quit her soul destroying 9 to 5 office job in Moscow to follow her dream in Istanbul. She is now a freelance video reporter-editor working tirelessly to capture the fascinating fragments of life in the city.
Annie is a Washington State native who spent time in South Korea and Guatemala before moving to Turkey. With plans to stay for a few years before moving on to the next teaching adventure, 13 years later, she is still happily teaching high school English and is married with twin boys. She dreams of being a photographer, but for now is more than content with what the universe has served up.
Turkish at heart, lover of nature and adventure. Always ready to explore the hidden treasures of Istanbul. Drawing and writing keeps her alive and well. You can check out more of her work here: http://margapatterson.com/
A traveller from a very young age, in past incarnations Alan has been a mathematician, magazine editor, music PR, and healthcare expert. These days he is mostly interested in travel writing and photography, and there is no city more photogenic and beautiful than Istanbul. You can find him mostly on Instagram or hanging out with his dog in Çukurcuma where he lives.
Erin is an artist and educator at a local high school where she teaches photography and art. Shooting both analogue and digital, Erin is especially interested in alternative processes such as photomontage, transfers, and cyanotype. Favorite photographic subjects are people and places that are lesser known and appreciated and she enjoys the challenge of making portraits of strangers.
Suri is an Iranian who was born and raised in Dubai. She is a psychology graduate from Middlesex University, and has worked as a student researcher and therapist assistant in Dubai and Tehran. Her love for video games resulted in her working for IGN Middle East. She is super picky about what she listens to and reads, and has a weird sense of humor. She is an art-enthusiast, photographer and traveler. She moved to Istanbul a few months ago with Pepper and Gooby (her pet dog and rabbit), and plans to pursue her MSc in Clinical Psychology next year. You can find her on Twitter, and her photography on her Instagram and website. (Feel free to follow her dog’s Instagram while you’re at it.)
Gabrielle is a visual artist with an inclination for travel and adventure. After several years of the nomadic life, she has at last settled in Istanbul. As a new resident, Gabrielle discovers the city through sketching the well known, and well hidden gems of the city. You can follow her experiences as a traveling artist at mavilale.wordpress.com as well as urbansketchers-istanbul.blogspot.it.
Rikki, originally from the American Midwest ended up in Turkey after running out of money while cycling the Danube River. It’s now been 2, going on 3, years. She’s mastered Turkish, hosted a travel show, and now divides her time between running up mountains, knitting socks, and perfecting her bazlama. Always in relentless pursuit of a good adventure, keep up with her travels on Instagram and catch her show on TRT Belgesel: Annemden Uzakta.
Dayla Rogers grew up in Detroit. At age 17, she spent one year as an exchange student in İzmir, Turkey. After spending time in several cities around the world, she decided to return to Istanbul because it was her favorite. She is a teacher, translator and tango dancer.
I am a Turkish/Iranian graphic designer. I hardly find free time between studying and work, but when I do I like to draw strange faces, read books that I bought years ago but couldn’t finish yet and listen to music in languages that I don’t understand.
Tarana Suri is currently working as the Creative design manager at LC Waikiki. A world citizen, she has hopped around from Delhi to New York to Barcelona and ended up here in Istanbul. Her passions include shopping, eating, traveling and any combination of the above.
Cansu is currently an Istanbul-based independent digital media artist/visual designer/maker. She has been establishing online & offline presence as a digital media artist/visual designer/author/editor/curator/researcher through conferences, social media, magazines, journals and has publicly exhibited visual artifacts mostly around the UK. Her interests consist of making visual art and installations based on computational media/machinic technologies, and creating published literary media through the agency of technology.
Originally from Canada, Julia has spent the past several years in and out of the Middle East, living in both Cairo and Istanbul , a city she affectionately refers to as her “Achilles heel” (whatever that means). Passionate about a variety of creative pursuits, she can often be found wandering alone in the more decrepit parts of the city, digging for inspiration while drinking coffees and talking to the cats. She is currently writing her first book.
Turna Ezgi Toros
Turna Ezgi Toros studied chemical engineering and ethnomusicology at university. She founded a music web site named Müzikli Mevzular and continues to write for that. She is also working as events coordinator of Music Village Turkey project.
James Tressler is the author of several books, including Conversations in Prague and The Trumpet Fisherman and Other Istanbul Sketches. He lives in Istanbul.
Ellis is a Mississippi native who recently moved to Istanbul from Washington, D.C. She is an intrepid adventurer and a passionate writer. She manages a blog at thefoodpornographersguide.com, where she documents her experiences in Istanbul through the eye of an avid foodie with a dash of sociopolitical commentary thrown in for good measure.
Emilie has been a 5-year resident of Istanbul and loves the city more and more with each passing year. Teacher by day and silversmithing student, she enjoys discovering the city’s nooks and crannies through long walks, food, and sketching. You can follow her on figsnpeaches.blogspot.it.
Born and raised in Croatia, Helena is a student of Turkology who moved to Istanbul in order to experience what she had learned about. Connected both to her field of work and to her passion for wandering she enjoys exploring the hidden and question the “known“ facts about Istanbulian and Turkish culture as a whole.
Melanie got caught by Istanbul’s distinctive and unique tendency to chaos, its liveliness and unpredictability. The first Turkish word she learned was “kalabalık” and the cultural anthropology graduate doesn’t get tired of capturing the city’s visual density and absurdities as it happens within the aim of social documention. Analog. Mainly in black and white. You can also follow her on Instagram.
A recent college graduate and former student of Middle East politics, Rachel moved to Istanbul after realizing an exchange semester in the city hadn’t been enough. Rachel enjoys breakfast, travel planning, and finding Turkish words that originate from Arabic.
Missy is a artist and writer, born and raised in Chicago. She moved to San Francisco for graduate school and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Currently living in Istanbul, she is making artwork (http://missyweimer.com) and writing about Turkey at latinforhoney.blogspot.com.tr.
British photographer John emerged from a cloud of tear gas just as the Gezi protests were getting underway, arriving in Istanbul from war damaged Damascus looking for a quieter life. Ten good years in Syria had not ended well, surviving two and half years of the conflict before events conspired against him and he departed leaving a house and most of his belongings. Istanbul was an easy choice, chaotic enough to get lost in, diverse enough to stimulate and yet still offer a degree of sanity, he thought. John has exhibited his twice in Istanbul and his work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Geo magazine, the FT and many more. John is always ready to delve into the seedier side of Turkish life and more than happy to collaborate on projects. Website / Blog / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
Mira Xavnur-Balic was born and raised in Australia, but has lived in Istanbul since 2009. She feeds her creative side by studying fashion and is passionate about art and music. Check out what inspires her on www.barbarianbarbie.com.
Ayşegül is an economics student in Koç University, trying to enjoy Istanbul from afar. Apart from ups and downs in the economy, she loves travelling; she also enjoys jazz music, playing tennis, and observing Turkish people in the dolmuş. Addicted to Turkish food, she can manage to eat anything softer than stone.
Tarik Yassien is an American who relocated to Istanbul in an effort to connect with his Turkish roots. He is a university instructor currently living in Beyoğlu. His passions here include the cuisine, nightlife and football culture. He hopes to soon be fluent in Turkish and well-versed in his knowledge of ayran.
A year in small-town Turkey wasn’t enough for this South Carolina girl. But after heading stateside, the dreams of buying yogurt by the bucklet-load wouldn’t let up, and she found herself living on the breakfast-laden streets of Beşiktaş. A writer, editor and cheese-lover, there’s one thing keeping this happy-go-lucky journalist here in the land of İskender kebab and künefe — Turkish food. Food, food and just maybe the Bosporus too.
Lydia Beardmore is a writer and photographer living in Istanbul. A life long explorer, she is in love with all things curious and poetic. Alongside writing for Time Out Istanbul and Atlas Obscura and hosting live events and workshops in the city, you can find her playing backgammon or swimming with the jellyfish on the Princes Islands. Read her Istanbul based short stories here www.lydiabeardmore.wordpress.com and see her photo blog here www.manicpixieanalogue.wordpress.com.
‘Wanderlust’, describing the urging passion to travel, is a word borrowed from the German language. Lukas, a notorious bird of passage himself, came to Istanbul to teach at the Turkish German University. Stuck on a never-ending quest to understand societies and cultures, he attempts to analyse the world as the piece of literature that it is. Aside of contributing to Yabangee, he also writes his own blog: www.livefromfaraway.wordpress.com.
With a longstanding passion for Byzantium, it was by good fortune that Lara found herself living in Istanbul. Originally from England, she spends her time here illustrating, writing and bothering the cats. Her work can be seen at www.laralockwood.com.
Abdelrahman is a history student who regards Istanbul as a historical campus that needs curious rovers to make it out. His biggest passions in life are traveling and trying out different things.
A yabangee damat, Eamon has a broad range of interests stretching from the culinary to the literary via history and the arts. He had been travelling to and from Istanbul for several years before deciding to move here permanently with his ‘amazing’ Turkish wife. An Irish native he spent many years in the UK and Belgium before moving to Istanbul where he has been living for over a year. With more free time on his hands than ever before he is working at learning the language and culture of his host country.
Tim moved from his native Australia three years ago in order to be a part-time dad and full-time teacher. He now divides his time between trying to conjure the Perfect Friday Night, lying about being a jet fighter pilot, and grappling with an ambivalent yet passionate love for this mad harpy of a city.
Liam Murray is the orphan son of Istanbul; a keen lover of the city, and its energy. He aspires to be a writer, but bothers little.
Michael is a TCK and global citizen/nomad. Before moving to Turkey, he lived in the US, Lebanon, and India. Michael fell in love with Istanbul in 2011, and finally found a way to come back by taking up an editing job. He is also an avid tweeter (@MikeOghia).
Raised in small town Maine, Meridith emerged from a bookworm childhood with a love of long hours in libraries, writing in coffee shops and traveling to faraway places. After graduation, she became passionate about education and soaking up as many experiences as possible. More of her stories can be found at www.meridithpaterson.com.
Eren is a Turkish American from West Michigan who has made Istanbul his home once again. While improving his Turkish and devising a life plan, Eren hopes to write about Turkish culture and travel like Anthony Bourdain.
Ben is a New York native and a recent college graduate. He is an English teacher and an avid traveler who has come back to the beloved city of Istanbul to enjoy its sights, sounds, and energy. He hopes to improve his Turkish, learn to play the guitar, and explore the local food and music scene while also supporting the Beşiktaş football club.
Gijs is, among many things, an English teacher and aspiring writer in a city with more people than his home country. He knows more about music than medical science says is good for you, he doesn’t believe in smalltalk, he will play the drums if you play the strums, and if your question is absurd enough he will probably say yes.
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