Istanbul, Turkey
Emre, 51
Logistics Business Manager
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a bit about Emre

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am in the logistics business and running a company in this sector. I love it as it is a life on the fast lane all the time and it is all about customer satisfaction.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Distributing phone books from door to door. I got attacked by dogs and it was physically a hard job.

Were you born and raised in Istanbul? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Istanbul?

I was born in central Turkey but have been living in Istanbul for 21 years. My job and my life and my family is here. This is a global city and my job is truly international.

What’s your current hood in Istanbul and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in the North suburb of Göktürk, 20 min drive from downtown Taksim. It is a small town life closest to the city. Traffic on the weekends is something I do not like about my hood.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to lounge and classical music. I try to listen all kinds.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I do not recall being such broken hearted that I turn to music. Thank God.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Friends, Fraser and Seinfeld. All very funny.

Name some spots in Istanbul that are good for a Tinder date.

I do not know exactly as I am married for 18 years. But a romantic spot would be a restaurant called 360 or another called Mikla.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

All politicians.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I would not want to hang out in areas like Sultanbeyli and Gaziosmanpasa.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I get to do everything I think of and I never procrastinate. I can always have an espresso at the cafe in the courtyard of the Museum of Archaeology

Where do you go in Istanbul for a casual night out?

Mostly Beyoglu. Sometimes Karakoy or Kadikoy.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

COS at Zorlu Center, Boyner at Star City are my favorites.

Where would you go in Istanbul to celebrate some freaking good news?

Bosphorus coast and have a good meal.

What’s your choice of transportation in Istanbul and why?

Driving my own car as I live outside of town. I sometimes use the metro and it works perfectly especially if I go to places where it is impossible to park around Taksim and Kadikoy area.

What are the Istanbul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

1- Hagia Sophia 2-Topkapi Palace 3-Museum of Archaeology 4-Dolmabahce 5-Galata Tower 6-Modern Istanbul 7-Bosphorus boat tour 8- Cistern Basilica 9-Grand Bazaar 10-Istiklal Street 11- Blue Mosque

What are the Istanbul spots tourists should run from screaming?

I suggest to skip Mecidiyeköy altogether where it is noisy and incredibly crowded. I would also avoid the financial district of Gayrettepe and Levent areas.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Istanbul. How do you spend it?

I would walk from Taksim square via Istiklal Street to Karakoy and to Sultanahmet Square. Eat Street food all along and make short stops at coffee houses.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I like Rome. Founded on 7 hills just like Istanbul and full of history. Food is always great.

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