Category 'Middle East'

Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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Say It With Me: Sha-war-ma

There’s always that one street food from a country that you can’t get enough of. Here in Taiwan, for me it’s gua bao, a kind of soft bun filled with pork and coriander. In Korea, it was sundae and ddeokbokki – I loved to slather the sundae in the spicy sauce from the ddeokbokki. My experience of street food in Colombia was empanadas, and fried things slathered in guacamole. In the UK? Fresh, hot doughnuts, covered in sugar, or the…
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The Places In Turkey That You Never Thought Of Going To

Things have been plodding along here in Taipei. I’ve started work at my full-time job, I’m carrying on exploring the city, finding new neighbourhoods, and stuffing as much food down my craw as I can handle. However, I’ve still yet to leave Taipei – seriously, my first full paycheck won’t land in my bank account until April 10th. Luckily Taipei has a lot to keep me occupied, but right now, I don’t have a whole lot to write about here,…
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My Five Favourite Turkish Treats

Turkey is a country I’ve spent a fair bit of time in. When I sit down and think about it, it’s actually the country I’ve spent the fourth most amount of days in during my twenty-seven-and-a-half years on this planet, falling in behind the UK, South Korea, and Taiwan, which are all places I’ve called, or are currently calling, home. Yet, I haven’t written as much about Turkey as I probably should have – and that includes the wonderful world…
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Fantasy Five Reboot: Turkey

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Fantasy Five post. Does anyone even remember that that’s a thing that I do? Because it totally is. I did one post about South Korea’s islands, and another about Africa, along with a few more about things I’d love to do in various regions or destinations around the world. Kind of a wishlist, dream trip type thing. So I’m resurrecting it again, and this time Turkey is the subject.  …
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Iftar In Istanbul

Before my most recent trip to Istanbul, I didn’t really do much research. I’d been before, knew how to get around, and was somewhat familiar with the city. In not doing any research, I’d overlooked one very important fact – that it was Ramadan when I arrived in the city. Luckily it turned out not to affect me whatsoever, as Istanbul is a very secular city, at least compared to others in the country.   Although Ramadan ended up imposing…
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Five Things To Do In Kadikoy

My favourite neighbourhood in Istanbul lies on the Asian side of the river and on my first day in the city, right after checking into my hostel, I rushed out to meet Kate and Mario to head down to Eminonu ferry port and cross the Bosphorus to meet up with Katrinka. During my first trip to Istanbul I’d stayed in Uskudar, and had been to Kadikoy with my CouchSurfing host for just an hour or two. My brief time…
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Wandering Down the Tram Tracks in Istanbul

Often the best things that happen when you’re travelling are the things you didn’t plan: the restaurant you just stumbled across, the shady square ringed by trees with a fountain in its centre, or the cafe with a cute, quirky interior design that serves amazing almond mochas. That last one is Colaj Café in Brasov, where I took refuge after enacting my hostel revenge. In Odessa, I ended up being drawn to a free public screening of a…
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Turkish Spices: The Bizarre at the Bazaar

After deciding to skip out on Georgia and Armenia and head back to South Korea to see Gil Dong at the end of July, I wound up with more days than I’d initially planned in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Having been to Istanbul previously, the manic metropolis didn’t faze me this time around, and I resolved to delve a little deeper under the skin of this transcontinental urban wonderland.…
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10 Cities I Could Totally Live In

I don’t like everywhere I travel to, and I’ve never pretended that I have done. A fair few cities have left me underwhelmed – Gaziantep, Washington DC, Vilnius, I’m looking at you – an ready to catch the next train/plane/tumbleweed out of there, or wishing that Muggle-borns could, too, apparate.   Yet as someone who doesn’t own a blog called, ‘Complainy Rants From Around The World’, or isn’t the star of that wretched TV show An
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