Top/Worst Schools in Istanbul- marks out of 10

*Disclaimer- This list is by no means exhaustive and is based both on personal experiences and those of friends who have worked, or are currently working, in most of these schools. All information is accurate at the time of writing. However, some of the schools with bad reputations may have improved since time of writing….

Big news- updates and where have I been?

Hello my lovely followers! I guess you have been wondering where I have been. Well I will just say it and get it out of the, rather awkward, way. My dad passed away from Cancer in November (Pancreatic). He was diagnosed in June 2016 and it hit hard and fast. Although we all had high…

Is Istanbul safe to visit?

This is a question I get asked almost on a daily basis. Both by friends at home and even by friends currently here. Many are searching their hearts and souls as to whether to remain here or not. For some; this is home, this is a place where their heart is. A place in which…

The Tension in unbearable

In all honesty I tried my best not to focus on the bombings in my post this week. But it seems to be almost impossible not to. I wanted to lie (on this occasion). I really really did. I wanted to write a post like my last one on the bombings in Sultanahmet. I wanted…

The search for Gyms/Sports centres in Istanbul

So I decided to take this week off of writing a personal blog and instead try my hand at writing some practical advice for our sports fans among us. I decided to write this as I found it rather difficult searching for the right gym in my area. This is mostly due to two fators…

Can I get a job in Turkey? (Native versus Non-Native)

With the beginning of Spring in Istanbul comes the rather large amount of job advertisements for the upcoming year. Not only are jobs advertised (via facebook and other outlets) but also many job seekers throng to facebook groups posting about their qualifications, seeking advise and putting their email on in the hopes someone will take…

Beverly’s Diary: Day 1 in Istanbul lost in translation

10 September 2014 Dear Diary, So today was my real first day here in Istanbul. Now that I have gotten a somewhat good nights sleep I can finally take it all in. I did, however, get my first cultural shock of the year as I was woken up by a rather loud yell. I literally,…

Beverly’s diary: Departure and Arrival

Beverly is a new character I have made and she is going to take you on a journey through Istanbul like you have never seen before. She will be posting a new diary entry every day. Watch this space!

ESL Teaching in Istanbul: The truth behind the headlines

My need to write this arose when I was researching an entirely different topic about Turkey. Suddenly, among the many advertisements, I saw one for teaching in Turkey. Like many others it has the ever so appetising headline to entice one to click on it. The cliche photo of the bosphorus bridge connecting the two…