Apps for newcomers to Istanbul or Turkey… A social fabric roundup…

If you’re moving to Turkey, or just visiting… Here are some apps that will be of great use, and also some useful info.


IBB Trafik This app shows live traffic info with a nice color scheme (green=no traffic, orange=slow but moving traffic, red=you’re running really late if you use this route). It also has road work info, live camera feeds, and the estimated amount of traffic in the next 15-60 minutes. No Istanbulite leaves his/her home without checking IBB Trafik.


A fistful of “lobby”s


Photo via @aylajean

After ice-dancing pair Alper Uçar and Alisa Agafonova, representing Turkey in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, were eliminated from the short dance program competition, Turkish newspaper Haberturk knew just who to blame: The ice skating lobby.

Google honors cult Turkish movie series ?Hababam Sınıfı? with doodle nostalgia

Google has once more struck the chords of nostalgia by digging deep into Turkey?s popular culture and commemorating the cult 1970s series to mark the 85th birthday of late director Ertem Eğilmez


Tea and serendipity


How Turkey became a tea-drinking nation is one of the great miracles of the last century


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