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. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016


Turkish name for autumn is sonbahar, or 'last spring'.  Even though the trees and flowers won't blossom, Istanbul's art scene definitely will. After lazy summer nap, the art scene in Istanbul woke up. October (actually already the last day of September) will kick off with Istanbul Gallery Weekend, followed with Days of opened Studios and will finish with Istanbul Design Biennale... and this are only the main events, since most of the galleries are opening new exhibitions these days. So enjoy the October full of art.

  • ISTANBUL GALLERY WEEKEND (IGW), 30th September - 2nd October
The description of the event on the official page of the Istanbul Gallery Weekend: 
Map of the galleries, participating in the IGW

''The 14 member galleries of the Contemporary Art Galleries Solidarity (ÇSGD) have come together to form "Istanbul Gallery Weekend" (IGW). The inaugural edition of Istanbul Gallery Weekend" will take place from the 30th of September to 2nd of October 2016.

Monday, 25 July 2016

5 Books about Istanbul

This post goes for all the book lovers out there! Here is a short list of books about Istanbul. The list is not a definite since there are many many books written about this city.


Orhan Pamuk: Istanbul: Memories and the City

The obvious, Pamuk's book about Istanbul and his childhood memories. It's one of my favourite books of Pamuk and I would certainly recommend it to you after your visit in Istanbul. You can also read it before, but if you are totally unfamiliar with the Turkish history and Istanbul, it might be a bit difficult to read it. An absolute must for all of you who would like to know how Istanbul looked liked twenty, thirty, forty (...) years ago. Nostalgic descriptions of old Istanbul.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Don't say you haven't heard about it!

The smell of coffee.
The smell of fresh roasted coffee.
A lot of coffee.
Coffee with milk.
Morning coffee.
Afternoon coffee.
Evening coffee.
6th to 9th October coffee.

Yes, it's early, but last year tickets were sold out quickly! For those of you, who missed it and for those of us who enjoyed it - save the date:
6-7-8-9 October 2016, Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul

Another coffee festival is just around the corner. You can get more info at their official page. Don't miss it. But, be careful, coffee overdose is a dangerous thing.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Moje življenje v Turčiji....

Zakaj ravno Turčija? Kaj pa varnost? Kaj pa odnos do žensk? Jih spoštujejo? Ali je za ženske varno? Lahko potuješ sama? Kaj pa islam? Moraš nositi burko?? Ali moraš postati musliman, če se želiš poročiti v Turčiji? Ali je turščina težka? Ali Turki uporabljajo arabsko abecedo? 

To je samo nekaj vprašaj, ki so/ste mi jih zastavili že ničkolikokrat. Nekaj odgovorov si lahko preberete v spodnjih intervjujih oziroma mojih zapisih na drugih spletnih straneh.

Prijetno branje!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Study in Turkey #2.1: Interview

Hi guys!

Many of you asked me to write more about interview experience for Turkiye burslari /Turkey Scholarship. Here is a new post, dedicated only to interview questions. Please, write your comments to this post and share your interview experince. Don't forget to write your country and level of studies. When I get enough comments, I will write down all your experiences in a form of a post. You can also subscribe to my blog, add me to Google circles and follow me on Facebook - Istanbul Konstantinopel. Like this, you will not miss any post and update.

Where and when are the Turkey Scholarship interviews held????
Firstly, let me tell you something about the time of interview. As you can see at the calendar for 2016, interviews will be held from April until June.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Another Festival for Film Lovers
Just one month passed, since the !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival and here it comes another film festival. The 35th Istanbul Film Festival will start on April 7th and will last for 10 days. Another great event for film lovers in Istanbul. Unlike the previous, the movies at the 35th Istanbul Film Festival will be screened in 10 cinemas around Istanbul.