Istanbul, Turkey
Hilal, 25
Works with Nonprofits
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an English teacher as I'm highly interested in languages.

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

Even though I'm broken hearted, I always cheer myself up with happy tracks :)

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends, The Office, Dr. Who, and Futurama

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

Kadıköy rıhtım, Beşiktaş meydan, Taksim meydan, Moda sahil

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Bazaar in Beşiktaş, Terkos Pasajı in Taksim, Çilek Sokak in Kadıköy

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


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

Crossing the continents by swimming in the Bosphorus

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Istanbul that you particularly like?

Gizli Bahçe in Taksim

What restaurant in Istanbul looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Balkan Lokantası

Where can you get the best cocktail in Istanbul? Which one do you like?

La Liberta Bar in Rumelihisarüstü - La Liberta Cockail

Where would you take your partner in Istanbul if you wanted to really pamper them?

Princes' Islands

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?


What’s the one place you think is overrated in Istanbul?


What’s the one place you think is underrated in Istanbul?


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

Semi-historical Island where you can visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palaca, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Taksim, Galata, Ortaköy, Kadıköy,

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

Taking a ferry tour over the Bosphorus and walking all around the streets of Nişantaşı, Karaköy, Galata

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

Kaş, Antalya (Turkey) Stunning nature, pure sea, chill people

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