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”

Week #34: A Hidden Balcony

Karaköy and Kadıköy seem to be two neighbourhoods where breakfast options seem infinite. Since I moved to Kadıköy a few months ago, it has become much easier to explore this side of Istanbul. (Though my idea, when I started with the #52breakfasts project in 2018 was to cover most parts of Istanbul equally, it nowContinue reading “Week #34: A Hidden Balcony”

Gift of Vesuvius: Herculaneum and Pompeii

Pompeii and Herculaneum have been on my bucket list for a long time. I am so happy that I have finally found the time and visited both of them. Of course, without visiting Vesuvius and eating Margherita in Naples, plus drinking Aperol Spritz, my trip wouldn’t be complete. If you are in Italy, the bestContinue reading “Gift of Vesuvius: Herculaneum and Pompeii”

Week #33: Croissant, S’il Vous Plait.

The Turkish language has borrowed (and adapted) many words from other languages. Besides Arabic and Persian, French vocabulary is also quite well represented. You might have been in a rush to the train gar, or twisted your tongue trying to pronounce küaför… I have a piece of good news: kruvasan might look a silly spellingContinue reading “Week #33: Croissant, S’il Vous Plait.”

Week #32: Back to (Delicious) Basics

Hello breakfast lovers! I has been a month or two since I have published my previous breakfast recommendation. In this period, an interesting and also concerning article was published in Turkish media: popular and often too big to eat serpme breakfasts are the infamous contributors to food waste in Turkey. According to Turkish Foundation forContinue reading “Week #32: Back to (Delicious) Basics”

Venice and La Biennale (and some eco-friendly tips)

Italy is Always a Good Idea So much has been said about Venice, can I tell you something new? I am sure that many tourist guides and internet pages cover the history of the city and must see places, that is why I won’t write many things about it. But I can confirm, that evenContinue reading “Venice and La Biennale (and some eco-friendly tips)”

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 theContinue reading “Day Trip: Serindere Canyon”

My Camino Experience

(Part 1) It has passed a year since my Camino de Santiago experience. I have heard about the Camino (St. James Way) more than 15 years ago, however, I have never really considered on walking it. About 10 years ago, when I visited Guernica (part of Camino del Norte), stayed at albergue (a type ofContinue reading “My Camino Experience”

Week #31: Eggs Benedict (Again)

Like the previous week, this week I have visited another place, which I knew more like a bar. Breakfast here did not disappoint at all! It was much better than I expected…and guess what, they do serve Eggs Benedict with salmon! I have found Eggs Benedict in a few places around Istanbul, but these wereContinue reading “Week #31: Eggs Benedict (Again)”