Day Trip: Serindere Canyon

Living in Istanbul is full of surprises. This city probably never sleeps and sometimes to follow its rythm can be exhausting. In summer time, many Istanbulites escape to nearby beaches in Kilyos, Şile or to a Princes Islands. By saying many, I actually mean MANY. Beaches, roads and ferries are often very kalabalık on the […]

Istanbul Marathon Experience & Advices

Istanbul Marathon – the marathon which starts in Asia and finishes in Europe, hence most commonly advertised as the only marathon which connects two continents. This, of course, attracts many runners and most of the local runners are looking forward to the breathtaking views durıng the first few kilometers of the run when  marathon’s course crosses the […]

Week #22: The House Which Never Disapoints

Beşiktaş is one of those places known among the breakfast lovers. You can enjoy your breakfast all day long, especially during the weekends. But more than the so-called Kahvaltıcılar sokağı (Breakfast street), I prefer the House Cafe on the corner of the Akaretler street. Although I always have mixed feelings when it comes to a […]

4 Reasons to Love Ramadan

One more year has passed and Ramadan (Turkish Ramazan) is again here. What is Ramadan? Well, first of all, is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims follow the lunar calendar, that is why according to the solar calendar, dates vary every year. So, if we compare it to the solar calendar, the month […]

52 (Turkish) Breakfast Ideas

New year, new me breakfast! Who doesn’t like this very Turkish tradition of having a late breakfast on the weekend? Even better if in a bigger group of people, when your table is full of breakfast delights? I am definitely one of the biggest Turkish breakfast lovers, so here is my goal for 2018: discover a […]

Eurobasket 2017: Green, Green, jumping Green

Today the final match of Eurobasket 2017 will be played between Slovenia and Serbia. It seems that Isnabulites haven’t really noticed that they are hosting basketball championship, however, it’s a big news in Slovenia. There is no one who hasn’t heard about today’s match in Slovenia and it will be even more interesting since we […]

World Refugee Day – How can YOU help

A World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th every year since 2001. According to the UN statistics, every 24 minutes people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are approximately 21.3 million refugees in the world. To that number, we have to add about 65 million forcibly displaced people and 10 […]

Upcoming elections: Perfect for learning some new Turkish words

Easter is approaching and Turks won’t be playing crack the egg game (well like they have been playing it until now ;), but rather crack the referendum game. On Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Turkish constitutional referendum will take place. I am not much into the politics and since I am a foreigner I cannot vote either, however, […]

Countdown…..to a Farewell!

All things come to an end. Also staying in Istanbul. My visit here might finish sooner as I expected, but anyways I have a few months left. I’m not saying goodbye quite yet, but I am turning to you with a question: What should one see/experience after living in Istanbul/Turkey for about 4 years?  I’ve […]