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The Personalities of Six Istanbul Neighborhoods

Personality is a phenomenon which describes the way people behave in everyday life. It’s an essential concept in order to understand and predict our...

Why Turkey? – Reflections on a Former Life in Istanbul

“Where are you from?” “How long have you lived here?” “Where do you work?” “How much do you make?!” and, of course, “Why Turkey?”...

2018 Resolutions for the Common Yabancı in Istanbul

Old-school followers of Yabangee will likely have noted that we love starting the year off with resolutions (How to Stop Being Such a Yabancı:...

10 Tips for Coping with Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness as...

Being an expat is difficult. You need courage to leave not only your comfort zone and sense of security behind, but also your lifestyle,...

For the Love of Teaching (and Ice Cream)

If we were to take our students’ grammatical grasp of English as a direct indication of their level of intelligence, and were to recognize...

Expat Life: Struggles of My New Turkish Home

I arrived in Istanbul with little knowledge of the country, its culture or language. Straight from the vacation in Japan with my boyfriend and...

Expat Life: Why I chose to give birth in Turkey

Finding out that I was pregnant came as a complete surprise, my husband actually found out before I did, but that's a whole other...

Coming to your senses: The Olfactor

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is...

16 LGBT Friendly Cafes and Bars in Istanbul

With so many rapid changes happening in Turkey and the world, along with all the changes in our personal lives, the LGBT community needs...

Pet Life: On Having a Dog in Istanbul (The Adventures of...

Many will be quick to share the story of how prophet Mohammed cut his robe as to not disturb the slumber of a cat...

5 of Turkey’s Best Eurovision Performances

With Eurovision being a week away, selected artists are already making their way to Kiev, Ukraine, where this year’s song contest will be held....

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #5: Döner Kebab

Three weeks ago, I was taking the metrobüs with my brother from Şirinevler, on a very rainy day. Being as crowded as it was...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #2: A Bit of Football Never...

I went and played my first game of football for a team in Turkey, adding to several other nations around the world in which...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #1: The Shopkeeper

The man who runs the corner shop next to my apartment building has a very strange approach to business, whereby he literally just changes...

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...

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...

Remembering Prince: A Purple Paisley Park in My Heart

'The girl on the seesaw is laughing For love is the color this place imparts... Admission is easy, just say you believe And come to this place...

In Memory of Barış Mumyakmaz

It's with great sadness today that we've learned of the passing of long-time friend and contributor Barış Mumyakmaz. A graduate of Galatasaray University and the...

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....

A Moment for Istanbul

This weekend has seen the country suffer yet another senseless terror attack, leaving 5 dead and 39 injured in the heart of our beautiful,...

Broke and Lost in Istanbul

“Habitash! Habitash!” The unfamiliar deckhand appeared as a silhouette, repeatedly emphasizing this made-up word as though I would finally understand what it meant the sixth...

That Pink Elephant Mystique: A Celebration of International Women’s Day, in...

“Silence is the worst. Whenever a thick cloud of silence descends, the yapping voices inside me become all the more audible, rising to the...

The Allure of Elsewhere

Wherever you go, there you are.  And wherever you are, there is someone who wants to be somewhere else.  After living in the United...

Remembering Bowie: An Occidental Ode to the Original ‘Space Oddity’

My first memory involving David Bowie is from when my Aunt took me, at age 4, to a screening of “Labyrinth”. The details are...

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