Istanbul in the Times of Corona

I am writing these lines during the total lockdown – the longest so far. During the past two weekends lockdown in 31 cities across Turkey lasted 48 hours, right now, however, we are in the midst of 96 hours long lockdown. The reason for the longer lockdown is the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, aContinue reading “Istanbul in the Times of Corona”

New Istanbulites: Mohammad Alard, the chef behind “Beyond Kitchen”

I met Mohammad a few years ago when we were both volunteering for a local NGO. Everyone in the group knew that he was studying Gastronomy and, if you attended an event with him, you would sooner or later realise that he loved speaking in public. I reconnected with him recently in cooking events heContinue reading “New Istanbulites: Mohammad Alard, the chef behind “Beyond Kitchen””

January: What to do in Istanbul today

Happy 2020! I hope you had a great start in the new year. As you might have noticed, I have renewed my blog in 2019. It got a new name (Spell A World) and a new image. Most of my blog posts are about Istanbul and Turkey, however, I plan to write more about otherContinue reading “January: What to do in Istanbul today”

Looking Back to 2019: Events That Surprised Istanbulites

We tought it would never happen, but here it is: The New Airport We knew that they were building it. We knew that they planned to build the biggest of them all. But we also kind of hope that they would cancel the project. There were many rumors about it (good and bad), but whatContinue reading “Looking Back to 2019: Events That Surprised Istanbulites”

Public Transport in Istanbul (and How to Reach New Istanbul Airport)

Istanbul has a very good public transport system and a smart card which can be purchased when you arrive in the city and can be used as a payment method at most of the public transport: Istanbul Kart. You can purchase it in many places around the city. The card itself costs 10 TL andContinue reading “Public Transport in Istanbul (and How to Reach New Istanbul Airport)”

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 theContinue reading “Istanbul Marathon Experience & Advices”

1001 Faces of Istanbul

Istanbul…… one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it ‘capital of the World’ or ‘capital of the Empire’, others ‘cradle of cultures’ and others ‘the worst place to live’; ‘ hell on earth’. Graffiti on the streets of Istanbul (I don’t know about the Heaven, but the Hell is here) I’ve spentContinue reading “1001 Faces of Istanbul”

In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends

Istanbul. Take a (guide) book of this city. How many times can you find words like “bridge”, “where cultures meet” “Europe and Asia”? I bet many times. The city of Istanbul has been regarded as a bridge between Europe and Asia countless times. It indeed is a place where cultures meet and mix. A meltingContinue reading “In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends”

Flight Tickets to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart za 102€. Pogoje nakupa si natančno preberite na njihovi spletni strani, tukaj delim samo nekaj osnovnih informacij: Turkish Airlines new offer – flight tickets for only 102€ for some european destinations, including Ljubljana! Nakup karte / purchase period: 30.01. – 19.02.2017Obdobje potovanja / Travel period: 09.02.- 30.04.2017 VečContinue reading “Flight Tickets to Istanbul”

Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.

Turkish coffee is a famous all over the world, however, çay is probably still the most consumed hot drink in Turkey. We could say that Turks cannot survive a day without drinking tea. It forms an important part of daily rituals and Turkish culture. But the coffee culture has been conquering Istanbul lately.   Coffee shopsContinue reading “Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.”