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1001 Faces of Istanbul

... one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it 'capital of the World' or 'capital of the Empire', others 'cradle of cultures' and others 'the worst place to live'; ' hell on earth'.

I've spent more than 1001 days in this city and I still find it difficult to reply to a simple question: 'What is Istanbul like?' Maybe it's because I have been here too long and I've come to realise that there is no simple answer to this question. Istanbul has many faces, many nuances if you will. It is difficult to explain them to a total stranger or a person who has never visited the city. Even though you have visited the city once, you have probably lifted only one veil from its face. If you were born here, this doesn't make you an Istanbul expert neither.

You have to get to know Istanbul slowly, day by day, page by page, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. This is actually very difficult because neighbourhoods are…


I would like to dedicated a few blog posts about the other part of Istanbul, Turkey. This topic is of course not limited to Turkey and it's one of the most debated topic in Europe (if not the whole World) in the last few months. It's actually the topic which should have been resolved months, if not years ago, however Europe and World turned a blind eye on it. I know, many things have been said, many opinions clashed and many times hathered spoke out of people. Since I live in Turkey and come often home, to Slovenia, I really cannot avoid thinking, if not speaking about the refugee crysis. Most of regugees come from Syria, however many of them also from other Middle Eastern countries. Many Europeans have ''newly discovered'' their nationalist ideas and are fighting against refugees, meanwhile the politicians still haven't decided what to do with thousands of people entering Europe in search of peace and better life.

First of all, I would like to share a short video, made and starring by two acquaintances of mine: Marie Hartlieb and Myriam Keyloun. Video was filmed in Istanbul and I hope it can widen your eyes and helps you see the other side of what being a Syrian means: not a refugee, but a human being.

In-Between from Marie Hartlieb on Vimeo.

To be continued.


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