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Istanbul #1

Last week I had the chance to spend one week in Turkey. I came for an international AIESEC conference and apart from that explored the city with the other amazing internationals. Today I want to share with you the first part of my journey through Istanbul. My emotions in one sentence: I love Istanbul so much and you will love it too! 

Taksim Square


After arriving at the Atatürk Airport I took the Havatas bus to the Taksim Square and it was really love at first sight: So many people, colors, noises!

Istiklal Avenue


On the way to my hostel I had to go through the İstiklal Avenue, the coolest street to be, seriously. Here you can see this amazing old tram and around ten people normally hang from the sides of it. The side streets of Istiklal are actually even better: There you will find bars, cafes, restaurants and those amazing views.

Seyyah Hostel View

If you want an awesome hostel to stay check out the Seyyah Hostel. My room had a terrace with this amazing view, not bad for a hostel, huh?

Turkish breakfast

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You might know I am in love with new and different kinds of food, especially breakfasts. So of course the first thing I did in Istanbul, was to go for breakfast with my new friends from Belgium and Algeria. As far as I understood the essential part are fresh vegetables, cheese, olives, sausages, tea or coffee and white bread. But there are also more different things for breakfast like sucuklu yumurta which I didn’t have any more time to try.

Blue mosque


We had an organized study tour to see the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Unfortunately the time we had for both was very short. Somehow they both got confused in my mind but seeing the pictures now helps a lot.


So here above you see the Blue Mosque, also named Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It was the first time for me in a mosque and I must admit I felt weird with the headscarf, without shoes and especially taking pictures made me feel uncomfortable. Here are just some small impressions, you better go there and just see everything yourself.

Hagia Sophia


Hagia Sophia, in Turkis Ayasofyais actually a museum even if it doesn’t look like any typical “musum”. In earlier day it used to be a church, first greek orthodox, roman catholic in between and after that it was a mosque. From 1931 on it is a museum. Inside you can see how the color on the walls is removed to see what was painted there in the first version.

Hagia Sophia

Imagine this all is around 1500 years old! My favorite picture is this one I think: Seeing the old building above and the mass of people with selfie sticks, phones and cameras underneath :)


Grand Bazaar + Spice bazaar


I already discovered my love for bazars during my childhood in Russia, then in Jerusalem and now here. The grand bazaar is huge! Very clean and structured though. There is a street for souvenirs, one for sewing material, one for shoes and so on. What you should consider: The prices here are double the actual value so either you negotiate the price or you find another spot to buy if you don’t want to overpay.


Here you see a small impression of the spice bazar and the area around it: Many people as always!


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Right opposite the grand bazaar I found this open air spot where coffee is prepared. Before going to Turkey I received this challenge from friends: Learn how to make turkish coffee! So I watched and photographed carefully every step. You need this special pot. You put the coffee in and let it simmer with the water. Afterwards it is poured in a cup and ready is the coffee. Sugar yes, milk no, and a lot of coffee grounds. Did you know it is an intangible cultural heritage of Turkey according to UNESCO?

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Bosporus boat tour


The last thing I want to tell you about today is our Bosporus tour. We (which is the whole bunch of people who also came for the conference) did it at night and it was simply amazing. Next time I would still prefer to go by day to see more of the Bosporus. Now it was really impossible to see everything, just the lightened spots.


[green_box] So how do you like my post? Have you been to Istanbul yourself? Do you want to go now, after you saw all this amazing stuff? Just drop me a comment here, in Instagram or Facebook. :) [/green_box]


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

02/08/2015 at 13:07

You gotta love Istanbul !

02/08/2015 at 14:00

You missed some of the amazing ones like “Kız kulesi”, “Dolmabahçe Sarayı”, “Sülaymaniye Mosque” and other. You should see’em all next time:D

02/08/2015 at 14:13
– In reply to: Nameless

The Sülaymaniye Mosque I saw! :D I will post it in the second post. The rest yes, I just had two days and saw about 10% of Istanbul only! I will note those two, thanks :)

02/08/2015 at 16:09

Istanbul is amazing. Iran and Turkey are pretty similar when it comes to the culture, food (and sometimes language), but I still had a blast there. It was a city that never ceased to amuse me, can’t wait until I go back! ^^

07/09/2015 at 16:08

Oh, wir hätten uns ja fast treffen können, ich war nämlich zur gleichen Zeit in Istanbul :)
Eine wundervolle Stadt! Schön, dass es dir gefallen hat. Ich muss allerdings im Gegensatz zu meinem Vorredner sagen, dass ich den Dolmabahçe Sarayı überhaupt nicht sehenswert finde :D

14/09/2015 at 9:20
– In reply to: Malika

Gut, also nichts verpasst? :D Wobei ja, wahrscheinlich Geschmackssache. Ich hoffe, dir hat Istanbul auch gefallen? :)

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