Istanbul, Turkey
Lara, 27
Art Consultant
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a bit about Lara

What are you working on these days?

I’m writing daily motivation letters to volunteer camps around Asia.

What drives you mad these days?

You just need to turn on the TV.

What makes you happy?

Good old poetry, Jean-Luc Godard, Rock n’ Roll and Spritz Aperol with fat green olives.

When was the last time you cried?

Honestly, yesterday I remembered some childhood memories.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Not the latest, but I’m listening to Johnny Cash madly these days after a while.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Wild. Jean-Marc Vallée is a genious!

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I hate malls and crowds when I shop. Usually I prefer little boutiques around Beyoğlu and Moda or vintage shops.

What’s your go-to café in Istanbul?

Drip Coffee on the Bağdat Street, Mavra in Galata or I can grab a coffee from anywhere and sit on a bench near the seaside of Kuzguncuk.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I love the old city around Sultanahmet, Galata and Kadıköy.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Istanbul but never actually do?

Take a morning walk with a take-away coffee on hand at the Galata Bridge. Not yet achieved!

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

My grandmother whom I lost last year. She’d enjoy some good jazz or classical music concert in Süreyya Opera or Zorlu Performance Center.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

I’d go to Kadıköy Fish Market. Seriously. Such a feeling!

What’s that place in Istanbul you feel like only you know about?

I have a thing about sitting on doorsteps and smoking cigarettes around old neighborhoods such as Kuzguncuk. Not that nobody knows, but sat on many.

If tomorrow was your last day in Istanbul before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Buy me a magic carpet!

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Princess Islands. I realized the potential last summer during the biennial.

What’s the spot in Istanbul you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

I want Mecidiyeköy neighborhood gone one day when I wake up. Heartbreaking ugliness.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Depends on my shifting mood. But my favorites are Karaköy Lokantası, Tapasuma, Sunset and Suna’nın Yeri!

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Yoga, travel and photography.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Honestly, my favorite one’s are gone after hard times of Turkey. But still as a night out neighborhood I go around little pubs of Kadıköy, Beyoğlu and cocktail bars at Arnavutköy.

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