Turkish Culture

  • Buying Leather in the Grand Bazaar – Inside tips from storeowners

    Turkish leather is famous – or should that be infamous? But the horror stories of being ripped off can leave one feeling rather scared when forking out cash to get...
  • Don’t leave home without your travel tips for Istanbul

    Don’t leave home without your top ten tips – before you go to Istanbul… Before you embark on your getaway trip to Istanbul for a glimpse of Byzantine and Ottoman...
  • Top ten for Istanbul – after sightseeing…

    After the sights have been seen, kebabs consumed and photos taken, how can you further your experience of the true Turkish culture? If you’re lucky enough to have more than...
  • Cut the crises – cheap eats in Istanbul

    No one should miss out on Turkey’s tasty cuisine, no matter what their financial situation. Sure, you should definitely treat yourself to a gourmet meal in one of the many...
  • Say “CHEESE”!

    My love for cheese is so big that almost makes me believe I was a mouse in my previous life! It’s a “must have” in my cooler and I can...
  • Getting Married in Turkey

    I never thought I would get married in Turkey, and I never thought Turkey would be a great place to get married.  When people fantasize about an exotic wedding, they...
  • Traditional Turkish Puppet Shadow Theater Karagoz Hacivat

    One of the greatest memories of my childhood belongs to the times when I watched traditional Turkish puppet shadow play “Karagöz & Hacivat ”. Popularized during the Ottoman period, Karagöz...
  • The Expat’s Kurban Bayrami

    “Bayraminiz kutlu olsun!” is the greeting everyone gives each other on the day of Kurban Bayrami (in Arabic: Eid Al-Adha).  It is the most important holiday in Islam, and lasts...
  • Christmas or New Year’s Tree?

    Celebrating Christmas a second time in Izmir brings a different experience to this expat. Having lived in Turkey for almost a year, the culture shock has come and gone, with...
  • What’s in a Name?

    When introducing themselves, Turks frequently continue on to explain the meaning of their name.  When my new friends managed to bypass the barrier of my poor Turkish, knowing the definition...