Sunday, 26 March 2017

Upcoming elections: Perfect for learning some new Turkish words


Easter is approaching and Turks won't be playing crack the egg game (well like they have been playing it until now ;), but rather crack the referendum game. On Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Turkish constitutional referendum will take place. I am not much into the politics and since I am a foreigner I cannot vote either, however, billboards have always been my favourite way to learn some new words. Especially in Istanbul, when one spends many hours stuck in traffic, learning Turkish by reading billboards has proven a very good and funny way for me to learn a few new words or even expressions. And the good thing is that words tend to repeat a lot, so there is no way for you to forget (some) words.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dear reader

Hey there,

March is here and a new season of scholarship applications is here. I have noticed that many of my followers are curious about the Turkiye Burslari /Turkiye Scholarship applications. I am glad that you found my blog and I hope that my blog posts and aswers/questions will help you deciding to (or not to) apply for a scholarship in Turkey. I hope this will also help you through the applicaiton process.

If you are also Turkiye Burlslari / Turkiye Scholarship applicant, please feel free to comment this blog post and conncect with others. You can comment this post with the country of your origin and the major/level of studies you applied for.

Good luck!
(And lots of patience)

Spelayla

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Countdown.....to a Farewell!

All things come to an end. Also staying in Istanbul. My visit here might finish sooner as I expected, but anyways I have a few months left.

I'm not saying goodbye quite yet, but I am turning to you with a question:

What should one see/experience after living in Istanbul/Turkey for about 4 years? 

I've been here for about 3 and a half years and I've seen and lived a lot, but there are still many things I want to see/do and probably many things I don't even know they exist.

So where should I go and what should I do/see there?
Please, Sultanahmet and Taksim don't really count anymore, as I've seen it many many times. And a have about 6 months.

Please comment below or on the Facebook post.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Flight Tickets to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines ima ponovno akcijo letalskih kart za 102€. Pogoje nakupa si natančno preberite na njihovi spletni strani, tukaj delim samo nekaj osnovnih informacij:

Turkish Airlines new offer - flight tickets for only 102€ for some european destinations, including Ljubljana!

Nakup karte / purchase period: 30.01. - 19.02.2017
Obdobje potovanja / Travel period: 09.02.- 30.04.2017



Več informacij/More info: Here








Monday, 2 January 2017

Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.


Turkish coffee is a famous all over the world, however, çay is probably still the most consumed hot drink in Turkey. We could say that Turks cannot survive a day without drinking tea. It forms an important part of daily rituals and Turkish culture. But the coffee culture has been conquering Istanbul lately. 


 Coffee shops have spread around the city and one must not forget the Istanbul Coffee Festival, which is getting bigger every year.





Here are some of my favourite places for enjoying coffee in Istanbul (Islands included):

(If not written, the photos are taken from my Instagram account - Spelayla)

  • The interior I love in the neighbourhood worth exploring: Aziz Cafe & Restaurant Balat
Fener and especially Balat are two old neighbourhoods which are worth exploring. Lately, many new cafes have opened there and they are definitely worth a try. My favourite so far is Aziz cafe. The cafe is located in old building which was previously a pharmacy and Aziz bey was its owner.





Friday, 16 December 2016

From Istanbul to Aleppo with Love


I would like to share with you a video with a beautiful message made by my friends. Please, spread the message. #Aleppo

(P.S.: Subtitles available in many languages.)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Run, Istanbul, run!

NRC event in August
I am one of those people who never liked running. When I was in primary and high school I even hated it. I hated even the thought of it.  But this mysteriously (yes, I really don't know the reason) changed after I came to Istanbul. I guess I was searching for a new and not very expensive sports activity in the city....and why not running. I mean Istanbul is a perfect city for running...all the traffic and hills and crowds, one could not think of a more appropriate sport to practice in Istanbul. I guess the real turning point for me as participating in the so-called Fun Walk, which is 8 km long walk, the easiest category in the scope of the Istanbul Marathon. When I've crossed the Bosphorus bridge (which is now called the Bridge of the Victims of July the 15th) and when I saw all the runners running, I decided that I really wanted to be the part of it in the following year.