Irresponsible anthropologist and fiction writer. Used to be an expat in Istanbul.
Evil eye is a classic gift. It is believed to be a shield for the negative energy coming from peers. You should hang it at the entrance of your home. Thus, it should be the first ... read more
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Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk "The Bastard of İstanbul" by Elif Shafak, gotta read that Really, anything by Orhan Pamuk is good. I like Museum of Innocence. if you are a sci-fi lover, ... read more
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Turkish people pride themselves on their culture of hospitality. But avoid talking about the Armenian genocide or the Kurdish separatist movement, or any references to a place called "Kurdistan." Americans are pretty well liked here. I'd ... read more
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To be honest, unless you speak Turkish, you'll probably find it pretty hard to communicate exactly what you want with a Turkish hairdresser, especially if you have any complex needs. If you leave yourself in a hairdresser's ... read more
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do you mean nargile? There are tons of nargile bars all over Beyoglu, and they are all of pretty similar quality. The tophane district down the hill is supposed to be the birthplace of the water ... read more
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