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What is the bus situation in Istanbul?

There are a ton of buses and they go pretty much everywhere. You can find the bus...

31 March, 2016

Is CouchSurfing a good option?

Couchsurfing is great- there's a huge community and people love to meet travellers....

31 March, 2016

If I'm feeling a bit mellow, what are some cool quiet bars?

You might be out of luck. Most bars in Istanbul tend to be a bit rowdy and smokey at...

17 August, 2014

Do Turkish people like Americans? Should I avoid talking about specific topics?

Turkish people pride themselves on their culture of hospitality. But avoid talking...

31 March, 2016

What are the best gifts that would make my mom the happiest woman on earth?

Evil eye is a classic gift. It is believed to be a shield for the negative energy...

31 March, 2016

What should I see/visit on the Asian side of Istanbul?

It depends on what you want to do. In general, the best historical things are on the...

31 March, 2016

What are some good reads about Istanbul -not including the guidebooks?

Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk "The Bastard of İstanbul" by...

31 March, 2016

What is the best way to go to the Asian side?

The ferry is the best and most romantic way to get over to Asia. To go there late at...

31 March, 2016

What's the jazz scene in Istanbul like?

Bizarrely enough, there is a pretty thriving jazz scene here. A lot of the upscale...

31 March, 2016

What are some crude gestures that are unique to Turkish culture?

If you make a circle with your left hand and slam down on it with your right palm, it...

31 March, 2016