Istanbul: Belgrad Ormani, Long Bus Rides & Tea

Before I left for Istanbul, I had asked my host for any hiking spots nearby. His response, “Istanbul is hilly so every day will feel like a hike…or, you can go to the Belgrade Forest.” I was sold as soon as he said forest! Who doesn’t want to speak to the ents in the forest! […]

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Istanbul Nightlife: DoRock and Istiklal Cd in Taksim..

I made a little durak at DoRock! I found an alternative scene in Istanbul, just off the main, bustling Istiklal cd in Taksim. I enjoyed this place. Great rock music from local bands. I went to this dark, grungy little place twice. The first time I went alone but I made friends with two guys […]

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Heat: Arriving in Istanbul

Going through customs was rather simple. I really did not have to worry about anything. I was a little too exhausted for my liking and I really just wanted to crash. As a local would do, I took the Havatas Bus from the Sabiha Gokcen airport to Taksim which happened to be the last stop. […]

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Drum Circle: Fire in the Park..

This is one of the best ways to spend a gorgeous evening. A little bit of drummin’ and strummin’, a little bit of fire and a bit more conversation. Let’s not forget the wine. The wine is rather important for such a glorious occasion. Every Wednesday at 19h30, there is a drum circle at the […]

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