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Week #1: Breakfast at Bebek

I have started 2018 with a short (after NYE party) run. We were lucky that the first day of the year was sunny and quite warm, so we decided to have a breakfast in Bebek. Our choice was Midpoint. Midpoint has many branches around Istanbul and the menu is always the same, of course, the experience depends on the staff.

What was our breakfast choice? A breakfast for two which was enough for all 3 of us. Pancakes included in breakfast and an unlimited amount of tea, besides börek, different types of cheese and veggies, dry fruits, honey, chocolate cream, homemade jams...  I love their jams and fresh bread. If 3 person share a breakfast plate for 2, price per person is less then 20 TL.

Afiyet olsun!


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.


Let's start with the basic words, which are also crucial in this referendum. 

Hayır - No
Evet - Yes

Tek - Only, single
Millet - Nation
Vatan - Homeland, motherland
Oy - a vote
Daima - Forever, always
Karar - Decision
Tercih - choice, preference
Gelecek - Future
Hedef- Goal, target, objective
için - for
Cumhurbaşkan - president
Anayasa - constitution
Yeni- new
Nisan- April
Bizim - our
Sandık- box (where you put your vote)

Many times you will see suffix with nouns: -ımız/imiz/umuz,,,,  This suffix means 'our'. So geleceğimiz - our future; kararımız - our decision.


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