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””

Upcoming elections: Perfect for learning some new Turkish words

Easter is approaching and Turks won’t be playing crack the egg game (well like they have been playing it until now ;), but rather crack the referendum game. On Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Turkish constitutional referendum will take place. I am not much into the politics and since I am a foreigner I cannot vote either, however,Continue reading “Upcoming elections: Perfect for learning some new Turkish words”

Moje življenje v Turčiji….

Zakaj ravno Turčija? Kaj pa varnost? Kaj pa odnos do žensk? Jih spoštujejo? Ali je za ženske varno? Lahko potuješ sama? Kaj pa islam? Moraš nositi burko?? Ali moraš postati musliman, če se želiš poročiti v Turčiji? Ali je turščina težka? Ali Turki uporabljajo arabsko abecedo?  To je samo nekaj vprašaj, ki so/ste mi jihContinue reading “Moje življenje v Turčiji….”

Eating out: Foreign cuisines in Istanbul

Food, food, food! You can find many canteens, restaurants, fast food quiosques almost at every step you make in this crowded city. Once I read that even though in Istanbul live many foreigners and some minorities have been present in the city for centuries, there are surprisingly few restaurants with foreign cuisine. I do agreeContinue reading “Eating out: Foreign cuisines in Istanbul”