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nedelja, 21. december 2014

Prazniki v Istanbulu *Holidays in Istanbul

Nekaj utrinkov iz božično oz. praznično okrašenega Istanbula. Božič se tu uradno ne praznuje, ampak katolišča in pravoslavna cerkev organizirata številne božične koncerte in maše v različnih jezikih. Največ jih je v cerki Sv. Antona, na ulici Istiklal. Njihov praznični program je tukaj.

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December is not so jolly and festive month in Turkey since Christmas is not and official holiday here, however catholic and orthodox  churches do held some Christmas concerts and masses (also in foreign languages). Among foreigners, the most known are celebration in St. Antuan church on the Istiklal street. You can check their holiday schedule here.


ponedeljek, 15. december 2014

Letalske karte Ljubljana - Istanbul - Ljubljana ponovno 99€

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart na relaciji Ljubljana - Istanbul in Zagreb - Istanbul. Povratna letalska karta stane 99€.


Tukaj je nekaj informacij z uradne spletne strani Turkish Airlines, za več informacij pa poglejte na njihovo spletno stran:

Departure Period: 25 December 2014 - 28 February 2015

Purchasing Period: 15 December 2014 - 25 December 2014

Advance Purchase : Special price is available only within 10 day(s) before departure.

Advance Ticketing : Tickets must be purchased within 24 hour(s) after making your reservation.

Minimum Stay : 2 day(s) or Sunday (Return must start after 12:00 am on the first Sunday.)

Maximum Stay : 1 month(s)




Za več informacij, kliknite na povezavo.

sreda, 10. december 2014

A la turca :)


 There is no doubt that every nation has some customs or tradition that foreigners find curious, funny, strange, ... Here are some turkish customs that I find interesting or typically turkish:



  • (Tons of) Shoes in front of flat: Generally before entering a turkish flat you must put down your shoes. It's (almost) forbidden to enter a turkish flat wearing shoes. So it should not surprise you that hallways in a block of flat are full with shoes.

torek, 09. december 2014

Če vas zanima kaj več o življenju v Istanbulu, o Turčiji ali pa o meni, si lahko preberete moj intervju objavljen na spletni strani RTV SLO.






petek, 21. november 2014

What I've learned about Turkey and Turkish people after living here for a year - part 1

I've been living in Turkey for a bit more than one year. I've visited country for the first time in 2009 and since then I've been visiting it on a regular basis, until I moved here in September 2014. I know that it's impossible to get to know this country (of 80 million people) like the back of my hand in such a short time, however I want to share with you some things I've learned about Turkey in case you plan to visit it or move here.

I've seen this ''statue'' at and exhibition at SALT Beyoğlu
last year. I don't know it's title but in my opinion it
represents a complex Turkish society very well.

I've been living here too short period of time to say that I know Turkey too good, however I've been here too long to say that I am just a yabanci here. When I go back home to Slovenia and also here in Turkey, many people ask me, why I came to Turkey and what do I think about Turkey. Well it's difficult to explain it in one sentence, especially if you've never been here or if you've never lived abroad. Most foreigners I spoke with are in love-hate relationship to Turkey. I can say that Turkey has a lot to offer, however it will cost you a lot of patience to survive here. You surely need to adapt to a different lifestyle - definitely different one if you come from Europe, USA or similar countries. ''Burası Türkiye'' - or ''Here is Turkey'' is probably the sentence which would describe best the life here, yet the sentence doesn't say completely nothing to a person who has never lived in Turkey...don't worry, if you'll decide to stay in Turkey for some months, you will understand this sentence better and better every time you'll hear it.

sreda, 19. november 2014

Bursa - zibelka Osmanske države

Bursa leži na severozahodu Turčije, nekaj kilometrov od obale Marmarskega morja. Danes je znana predvsem po posebnem kebabu - Iskender kebabu, termalnem turizmu, smučarskemu središču in bogati zgodovini. 
Iskender kebab


Iz Istanbula se je v Burso najlažje odpravit kar z ladjo oz. t.i. morskim avtobusom. Iz pristanišča v Kabataşu (BUDO) in v Yenikapiju (IDO) dnevno pet ali več ladij odpluje proti Bursi. Ker Bursa ne leži tik ob morju, vas od pristanišča do samega mesta čaka še potovanje z avtobusom in metrojem, kljub vsemu pa potovanje do Burse traja le dobri dve uri in pol.

sobota, 01. november 2014

Istanbul Marathon * Istanbulski maraton*

Istanbul Marathon, also kwnon as Eurasia Marathon or Vodafone Marathon, is organized every November. It's the only marathon that starts in Asia and finished in Europe. This year marathon will take place on Sunday, November 16th. Even if you are not really a runners, you can participate! And 

Maraton Evrazija / Eurasia Marathon
it's totally for free! The marathon has also the ''walking'' category, so called 8K Fun Walk. If you'll be in town at least 1 day before this event takes place, you can register for Fun Walk at Vodafone stands around the city. I defenitely recommend it to you, because if you participate you have an unique opportunity to cross the Bosphorus bridge (the bridge is otherwise only open for traffic and not for pedestrian). Here is the link of the official page.


Ljubljanski maraton je že za nami, če pa boste novembra v Istanbulu, pa se lahko udeležite tudi Istanbulskega maratona oz. Maraton Evrazija. To je edini maraton, ki ima start v Aziji, cilj pa v Evropi. Letos bo maraton 16. novembra. Če vam tek ni ravno pri srcu, se maratona vseeno lahko udeležite, saj obstaja tudi 8 kilometrska pohodniška kategorija, imenovana Fun Walk. V tej kategoriji je startnina brezplačna, le pravočasno se morate prijaviti in prevzeti svojo startno številko. Prijave potekajo do 15. novembra, in sicer na Vodafonovih stojnicah po Istanbulu. Sodelovanje toplo priporočam, saj se boste tako lahko sprehodili čez Bosporski most, ki je vse ostale dni v letu odprt le za promet. Več informacij pa na povezavi
Istanbul z Bosporskega mosta.
Istanbul from the Bosphorus bridge.

četrtek, 09. oktober 2014

Tophane Art Walk

Great news for art lovers! This Sunday (October 12) some art galleries and museums in Tophane and Karaköy district will open their door for all art lovers. This is good opportunity to get to know modern Turkish Art.

Here is description of the project from the Facebook page of Tophane Art Walk:


"Tophane Art Walk is a bi-monthly local art map that aims to inform and update the contemporary art audience of Istanbul on the latest news of galleries, initiatives, museums and art institutions located in the Tophane district. Additionally, a number of collective events will also take place within the “Tophane Art Walk” project initiated by galleries in the district."

V Istanbul za 99€ in druge akcije :)

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart za 99€. Pogoje nakupa si natančno preberite na njihovi spletni strani, tukaj delim samo nekaj osnovnih informacij:

Turkish Airlines new offer - flight tickets for only 99€ for some european destinations, including Ljubljana!


Nakup karte / purchase period: 10.10. - 31.10.2014
Obdobje potovanja / Travel period: 1.11.2014 - 13.2.2015

Poleg ponudbe Ljubljana - Istanbul pa so na voljo še druge ponudbe od 99€ naprej.

Več info/ More info tukaj/here.









Tudi Adria Airways ima še vedno svojo First minute ponudbo, ki velja tudi za lete v Istanbul. Karte po tej ceni lahko dobite šele za lete od 6. decembra naprej.

Dokaj ugodne lete iz Ljubljane do Istanbul pa nudi tudi Air Serbia. Leti so s postankom v Beogradu. V poletnem času se čaka le 1 uro, v zimskem pa je postanek veliko daljši.

torek, 07. oktober 2014

Detajli* Details

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nedelja, 05. oktober 2014

Antiohija - najstarejše krščansko mesto od Boga pozabljeno

Antiohija je glavno mesto province Hatay. Nahaja se na jugovzhodu Male Azije, v današnji Turčiji, kjer je danes poznano pod imenom Antakya. Mesto je konec 4. stoletja pred našim štetjem ustanovil Selevk I. Nikator, makedonski general Aleksandra Velikega.
Provinca Hatay


Antiochia ad Orontem, poznana tudi kot Sirska Antiohija je ležala na ekonomsko in politično pomembni Svilni cesti. Trgovina z začimbami je mestu prinašala bogastvo. Strateška lokacija je pripomogla k temu, da je Antiohija v 1. stoletju pred našim štetjem postala najpomembnejše mesto na Bližnjem Vzhodu, celo pomembnejša od Aleksandrije.

sreda, 17. september 2014

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 agree with this, however I found some of them...and they are defenitely worth visiting...and tasting :)

I'll start with one and I'll add others to the list. If you have any recommendations, feel free to share it with me :)

Photo from Instagram
So, if you are crawing some foreign food, especially Middle Eastern you should defenitely search for it in Aksaray. That's how we found Fez Food - Syrian restaurant. It is located near the Yusufpaşa tram stop. It looks like typicall turkish döner / fast food restaurant, but the food...it's delicious. The menu is in Turkish and Arabic...that's why you probably won't know what you are ordering. I don't know if we were just lucky or everything there is just delicious. And the prices are also good!

I defenitely recommend you falafel and hummus. In this link you can see their menu


ponedeljek, 15. september 2014

Study in Turkey #3: How to get student residence permit?

UPDATED 15/09/2014

When writing this blog post I had in mind especially all those ''new'' foreign students in Turkey. Since I study in Istanbul, this blog post will be especially helpful for all the foreing students in Istanbul, however the process of getting the residence permit should be same all over Turkey.

Especially those of you, who came to Turkey with Turkiye burslari probably already got single entry student visa for Turkey. Here I must say, that residence permit and visa are two different things. Visa can be tourist one or student one. Generally Turkish embassies abroad give foreign students the single entry student visa, which means that until you don't get student residence permit you cannot leave Turkey - or better said, you cannot enter Turkey again. Student residence permit is usually valid until the end of academic year or until the end of Turkish language course - the finish date is usually written on the student certificate (öğrenci belgesi). Once you get student residence permit, also called ikamet in Turkish (I bet you will learn this Tukish word quickly ;), you can leave and enter Turkey how many times you want.

Where and how can I apply for ikamet?


četrtek, 14. avgust 2014

Istanbul low budget #2: Sightseeing for free

In the previos blog post about low budget Istanbul, I shared with you some advices which, I hope, will help you to save some money while travelling. (you can read it here) In this blog post, I would like to share with you some of the top free (or almost free) Istanbul's attractions.



Sultanahmet square

  • SULTANAHMET area is probably the area which is on the list of 99% of tourists which visit Istanbul. It is a heart of old Byzantium and later also Ottoman state. Many museums there are quite expensive, yet worth to visit: like Hagia Sofia and Topkapi palace. However, some nice and less known museums and mosques have no addmission fee. I would suggest you to visit the famous Blue mosque (Sultanahmet mosque) and Küçük Aya Sofya (or little Hagia Sofia) mosque. Also you can visit beautiful Gülhane park and first gardens of Topkapi palace.


sreda, 13. avgust 2014

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nedelja, 27. julij 2014

Study in Turkey #2


Interview, Bureaucracy and Moving to Turkey

UPDATED!
Hey guys!
Few weeks ago I've posted first post with the information about scholarships offered by the Republic of Turkey (bachelor, MA and PhD). I have seen that many of you have read my post and also many of you asked me some questions. Last week I updated the post Study in Turkey which can be find here. Also don't forget: all news and important dates are anounced on the official page of Türkiye burslari (Turkey Scholarship), because some important dates or rules might change from year to year.

sobota, 26. julij 2014

Istanbul Low Budget

Istanbul is a huge city which offers many different activities, like sightseeing, shopping, eating out, parties, different tours, etc. This also means, that you can spend a lot of money, especially if you are foreigner or yabanci (yabangee). So here is a little guide how to save some money and still enjoy your visit in Istanbul.



15% popusta za lete iz Ljubljane* 15% off for flight tickets from Ljubljana

Če nameravate potovati s Turkish Airlines do konca julija, potem vam bo tale popust prišel prav. Vse kar morate storiti je, da postanete član programa flyljubljana, letalsko karto pa morate kupiti na Letališču Ljubljana.
Podrobne informacije lahko dobite na tej povezavi.

If you're planning to fly from Ljubljana with Turkish Airlines until the end of July, than check this link. You have to become member of flyljubljana (it's free :) and buy flight ticket at the Ljubljana Aiport.

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sobota, 28. junij 2014

It's not INNDIA but ISSTANBUL ;)


Ok, this Inna's song it's quite old now, but still, I don't know why she sings about India and has a video with Istanbul's background?? Anyways, if you are visiting Istanbul and want to see it from Inna's perspective, you must go to Sultanahmet, more exactly you must visit one of terraces behind Süleymaniye mosque.

Süleymaniye mosque
Süleymaniye mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Turkey and also less crowded than Sultanahmet mosque. It was build by a famous architect Mimar Sinan.

Behind the mosque, there are many bars with terraces, which have a very nice view over Istanbul (in my opinion much better than Galata tower). I recommend you the bar called Mimar Sinan.

For other viewing points in Istanbul, please click here

Istanbul from Mimar Sinan terrace.

Süleymaniye mosque from Mimar Sinan terrace.
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Turški čaj *Turkish tea*

Pitje čaja je pomemben del turškega vsakdanjika. Turki  çay (izg. čaj) pijejo večkrat na dan, lahko bi rekli, da dan začnejo in končajo s kozarcem čaja. Čaj pijejo tako na delovnem mestu, kot doma. Čaj je tudi značilni znak turškega gostoljubja, zato ga v turškem domu ne sme zmanjkati nikoli. Ker muslimani (načeloma) ne pijejo alkohola, se čaj streže tudi na praznovanjih, kot je na primer poroka. Pitja čaja se številni Turki vzdržijo le med postom v času ramadana, pa še to le mraka. Zanimivo je dejstvo, da povprečen Turek letno spije za približno 2kg čaja; v Turčiji pa proizvedejo kar 6,4% vsega čaja na svetu. (Več zanimivih dejstev o Turčiji najdeš tukaj.) Seveda pa kultura pitja čaja ni omejena le na Turčijo, temveč je razširjena tudi med drugimi turškimi narodi.