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What’s up in Town | Jan 6 – 12, 2014

MUSIC | Okay Temiz Oriental Wild

Okay Temiz, percussion master and jazz musician, will take the stage with his Turkish, Sufi, African, and Indian based oriental-jazz band Oriental Wind. The place is Nardiss Jazz Club, and date is Jan 6.

MUSIC | Carmina Burana

German composer Carf Orff’s famous work is at Zorlu Center, Istanbul with the rendition of Istanbul Devlet Opera Balesi. The magical night is on Jan 6, 20.00.

ART | Ahmet Ertegun Photography Exhibition

Creator of the cult like Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the father of rock music, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun’s photography exhibition can be visited until Jan 15 at Cult Istanbul.

ART | 990 Faces

The exhibition organized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Istanbul Photography Museum consists of Hans-Jürgen Raabe’s works continuing in different countries since 2010.

ART | Michel Comte: Fame

World-renowned fashion photographer Michel Comte’s most ironic frames of famous people in fashion world are exhibiting Elipsis Gallery until Jan 25.

MUSIC | Queen Tribute Night by Cingi

Turkish rock music’s mighty voice, Cingi, meets fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury on Jan 8 at 21.30.

MUSIC | Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra – New Year Concert

The classic of BIFO’s New Year Concert is conducted by Sascha Goetzel this year. The night at Lutfi Kirdar Center will start 20.00 on Jan 9.

WORKSHOP | Secrets of Perfect Hamburger

The key parts of preparing the perfect hamburger are in this workshop. Let’s meet in Mini Kitchen on Jan 9!


What about Horticulture experience in Turkey?

This spring in Turkey will be awesome again! What about taking a journey along Turkish history and culture through its horticulture, gardens and botany? If yes, we recommend you to check out the itinerary of the “Horticulture & Culture Tour of Turkey with Gursan Ergil” between 25 April and 11 May, 2014.



Istanbul, Edirne, Canakkale, Ayvalik, Ephesus, Kutahya and Bursa… This 17-day horticulture tour will take you through; Historical Parks & Gardens, Lectures, Private Landscapes, Arboretums, Nature walks for wild flowers, Organic Farms, Vineyards, Artist Studios, Botanic Gardens, Nurseries and Authentic Local Life while paying a visit to beautiful towns and cities along our way.

.. and our tour leader: Gursan Ergil

Gursan Ergil spent six years living in the United States and studying landscape design, history, and preservation at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, where he later lectured on Islamic Gardens for two years. Ergil currently works as landscape curator at Prince’s Island Museum in Istanbul and he is the author of the book ‘Gardens of Princes Islands’.


What’s up in Town? | Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2013

ART | Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
The exhibition is waiting for its enthusiasts till Feb 16, 2014. The exhibition area is at Borusan Contemporary in Baltalimani, Istanbul.

ART | Mahmut Karatoprak
Karatoprak’s all paintings that belong to Yellow Flowers of Patience are with you at Gallery Selvin in Arnavutkoy, Istanbul. Now his subject is women who are in a state of absolute awareness, and who each express a unique way of being alone. The exhibition will end Dec 15.

FESTIVAL & FAIR | Istanbul Design Week
With its many workshops, exhibitions and events, Istanbul Design Week is between the date of Nov 27 and Dec 1 at Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul.

PERFORMING ARTS | The Ears of Midas
The Ears of Midas is a two-act opera directed by Yücel Erten. We recommend to join them on Nov 27, 28, 29 or 30 at Sureyya Opera House, Istanbul.

MUSIC | Andre Rieu
One of the most important musicians of this century, Andre Rieu, will take the stage on Nov 29 in Sinan Erdem Arena, Istanbul.

MUSIC | Andrea Lucchesini
Italian pianist Lucchesini will be in Antalya on Nov 26, 2013 for 14th International Antalya Piano Festval.

FESTIVAL & FAIR | Blues Festival 24
The last two city in Anatolia with the wind of blues… Blues Festival 24 will be in Canakkale and Edirne on Nov 25 and 26.

SPORT | Anadolu Efes – Strasbourg
In the match that seventh week of Turkish Airlines Euroleague , Anadolu Efes will host the French team at Abdi Ipekci Arena, Istanbul on Nov 29.


Benefits of Reading

It’s a good infograph that includes the data should be considered in. Let’s take a pause surfing the Internet and read book :)

We recommend some books to read in the list of Top 10 Travel Books of Amazon Bestsellers:

– Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains – Jon Krakauer

– Humans of New York – Brandon Stanton

– The Art of Becoming Homeless – Sara Alexi

– Wild – Cheryl Strayed

– Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris

– A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Billy Bryson

– Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

– Shayla’s Story – Beverly Preston

– AWOL on the Appalachian Trail – David Miller

– Born to Run – Christopher McDougall




50 Signs you have been in Turkey too long

TimeOut Istanbul Magazine identifies “50 Signs you have been in Turkey too long” on the latest issue. Let’s see how well you know Turks :)

1. You automatically take off your shoes when entering a house.

2. You’ve tried all the types of street food Istanbul offers: corn, stuffed mussels, chickpeas on rice, nuts, pomegranate juice, popcorn…

3. Not a day goes by without drinking at least one çay (tea). If it does, you feel weird about it.

4. Friends don’t invite you to their homes for dinner, but for breakfast.

5. You know the name of the guy at the bakkal (corner store) on your street.

6. Everything is çok (very): çok güzelçok iyiçok ayıp

7. You have started to answer questions by repeating the answer (evet, evetvar, varhayır, hayıryok, yok).

8. You’ve forgotten what it means to recycle.

9. You no longer hear the honking of car horns.

10. You know there is always traffic in Istanbul: the question is whether there is traffic or A LOT of traffic.

11. You know you’ll find a portrait of Atatürk everywhere you go.

12. You have learned to accept yogurt as something salty you drink with your food rather than something sweet you eat for dessert.

13. You hardly hear it anymore when the mosques issue the call to prayer. Five times a day. Starting at 05.30.

14. You have drunk çay when it’s 35 degrees Celsius outside.

15. You know the only way to cross the street is kamikaze-style, with the cars passing just a few centimetres away. Traffic lights? What are those?

16. You know the first rule about Atatürk is: you do not say anything bad about Atatürk.

17. And the second rule about Atatürk is: you do not say anything bad about Atatürk.

18. You ask for a student discount or try to bargain for almost everything.

19. Remember when you used to notice how there was always a smartass jumping the queue without anyone complaining? Now you’re that smartass.

20. You go to the Tarlabaşı market every Sunday to buy fruits and vegetables at extremely cheap prices. And you still try to bargain for a better deal.

21. You know where all the happy-hour places are in Taksim.

22. You always drink the biggest beer because “it’s just one lira more.”

23. You’re still looking for the cheapest kebab in the city.

24. You have a nazar boncuğu (“evil eye”) in your house or your room.

25. You do not say “ok”; you say “tamam.”

26. You kiss both cheeks with your close male friends.

27. It doesn’t surprise you anymore to see two macho guys walking together with linked arms.

28. The entrance to your house looks like a shoe store.

29. You have accepted olives and cheese as part of your breakfast.

30. You have accepted that there will always be soup and yogurt with your food.

31. You have a favourite brand of rakı.

32. You have accepted yogurt as a sauce.

33. You are thinking about growing a moustache to look cool.

34. You think it’s normal to “drink a cigarette,” “close the phone” or having it be “raining snow.”

35. You call older neighbours “aunt” and “uncle.”

36. You say “allah allah” to complain or express anger.

37. You don’t get surprised when some people still give prices in millions of liras.

38. You compare the price of an alcoholic drink to the food you could eat for that same amount.

39. You now expect to get a wet-wipe soaked in lemon scent at the end of a restaurant meal.

40. When you need groceries, you call the shop on the corner and have them sent up to you in a basket.

41. You know that kahvaltı means “under or after the coffee” – and that there is never coffee after breakfast.

42. You have eaten an islak (wet) hamburger after partying.

43. You have eaten midye dolma (stuffed mussels) after a night out. And you’ve stopped asking yourself where they come from or how they’re prepared.

44. You know you’ll always find the sugar served in cubes

45. You’ve stopped expecting sauce in your döner kebab and know it is normal to find French fries in it instead.

46. You expect to climb a ton of stairs to reach a bar or nightclub.

47. You only go to the historic part of the city when your friends visit you.

48. You think it’s normal for motorcyclists to ride in the wrong direction, without a helmet.

49. You know every building has a name of a person on it, and usually two numbers: the old one and the new one.

50. You have learned to play tavla (backgammon). Better yet, you’ve spent a whole afternoon drinking çay, smoking nargile (hookah) and playing tavla.

By Santiago Brusadin – The full link of the article



Have you ever tried Boza in Turkey?

Have you ever tried Boza in Turkey? If no, at first let us explain you what it is. Boza, also known as bosa is a popular fermented beverage in Turkey. It is a malt drink made from maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, fermented wheat in Turkey and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania. It has a thick consistency and a low alcohol content (usually around 1%), and has a slightly acidic sweet flavor.

In Turkey it is served with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas (Leblebi in Turkish), and is consumed mainly in the winter months. The Ottoman Empire was known to feed its army with boza as it is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins.

Vefa” shop, located in the Vafa district of Istanbul, is now a minor tourist attraction. Ömür Bozacısı of BursaKarakedi Bozacısı of EskişehirAkman Boza Salonu of Ankara and Soydan of Pazarcık, Bilecik are less touristy but well known other vendors in Turkey.

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