Christmas Time in Europe

Christmas time is always a hard time of year to be away from family. Honestly, for the most part, if you asked me where home is, I wouldn’t say Canada, I would tell you where I am now. Of course I always miss my family, and the few friends I have in there, but Canada…

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The Little Things That Nobody Tells You About Life Abroad

There are a lot of things you’ll think about and plan out before you move abroad; you’ll plan how much money to bring along, what jobs are available in the country, and what the currency will be. You’ll look into places to visit, museums to see, what transportation might look like, and what basic words…

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Looking Back on July 15th, When the Times Started Changing

Tomorrow is July 15, 2017, and marks one year since the attempted coup in Istanbul. A lot can happen in a year. I’ve been away from Istanbul for almost two weeks, and have found myself reflecting a great deal on Istanbul, Turkey, and the events of this year. A lot has happened, times have changed,…

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Leaving Home

Looking out over the Bosphorus from the safety of my armchair I find myself watching the ships go by, and can’t help but feel that wave of sentiment that I knew was inevitable. I’ve been in Istanbul longer than I intended and I suspect I’ve grown into it more than I thought I would. I’ve…

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Tips for Tourists in Istanbul

Here is a brief list of some things you should keep in mind on the very touristy historical side as a tourist; Don’t talk to strangers, they all want to sell you something; or if you DO talk to strangers, keep your wits about you. If you intend to visit any mosques, bring a scarf…

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A Day in Sultanahmet

  The first thing people do, and of course the first thing I did, after arriving in Istanbul, is to see those sites that you see on the postcards and in the travel magazine. The ones we’ve all heard of, the Bosporus, Aya Sofia (which I always used to horridly mispronounce as Hagia Sophia), the…

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Two Years in Istanbul

I came to Istanbul for no other reasons other than the fact that there was someone willing to hire me, and I had no reason not to. It was a spur of the moment decision, there was absolutely no planning or research done before I left my home in Dubai to find new one in…

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