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fpxjb3mo
Istanbul is definitely catching up on the both coffee and coworking side, but spread around the city. Although few neighborhoods will be more comfortable to get around and find places to hang out, work. My fav is Kadikoy/Moda
pkcmb3mo
For the US peeps going to Turkey short or long period, AND if you guys are not looking for a carrier to primarily work on 3g/4g hotspot, I suggest get a T-mobile prepaid "tmobile-one" plan which covers a lot of countries free roaming up to certain internet speeds. For me it was more than enough to travel and have google maps etc working well without a penny out of my pocket. Also saved my live in pretty much in every country in Europe.
tbshnkgx3mo
gvjxge Istanbul is probably catching up, but in Antalya still just a couple of coworking spaces and thatโ€™s it. Not much coffee places either. This is a bit sad considering how beautiful this place is.
boivt3mo
I used to love Antalya, my sister studied there and I spend 4 summers there and traveling a lot to neighboring towns. But I found it very sad that the beautiful parts I remembered was completely changed in my most recent trip.

I'd suggest studying Bodrum little bit which is smaller town but much more active (especially in summer season) - I don't know the coworking situation but from the food standpoint - and I'm sure there are good coffeshops there.

If I move back to Turkey, I'd definitely consider opening a retreat/coworking/coliving place somewhere in Bodrum/Fethiye area...
tsmcqqfanknli3mo
i stayed in fethiye for a while. it's a nice area.
yezyqqbj3mo
As a side note here, Wikipedia ban is driving me nuts in Turkey. I have VPN and all that, but itโ€™s such a pain to always enable it to just read one article or so)
zsulzfsynvp3mo
Right?! wtf is that?
kdqesrmb3mo
๐Ÿ˜ž
fnqblmqg3mo
But at least LinkedIn and Telegram is not blocked like in Russia ))
lgbrmtlbphc3mo
Russia blocks LinkedIn? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Dammmm'
igryyxkd3mo
jryzrwpnhbsi Yep, for the past 2 years. The decision behind this was that any company that is doing business in Russia should have their servers located in Russia to protect personal information of Russian residents. Sounds cool, but in reality just another way to block websites that government doesnโ€™t like.
hmnpilkbjee3mo
Interesting... didn't know that, thanks
rkrqaufo3mo
Yeah, thatโ€™s a shame because the internet speed and cost in Russia is really good. I was getting unlimited mobile data plan for 10$ with 4G internet all over the country, which is a sweet deal.
jatzunufbfu3mo
Food here is great indeed
orarowfg3mo
zmnbxrtowymd btw, I will be in Instambul for around 5 days (25-30 November), if you still will be there we can meet.
fhazgjrzlat3mo
I'm leaving at 18th to Bulgaria ๐Ÿ˜•
ncierjty3mo
Heh, I'm leaving on 30th to Bulgaria :) Sofia initially, then probably Plovdiv
lneocxpjstj3mo
If you get a chance, give it a try to the NusrEt restaurant next to the Grand Bazar, I went there on Sunday and OMG, what an experience
pkpqrszjksw3mo
LOL! I'll stay a week in Sofia or Plovdiv and then head to Bansko until Christmas
juiklycu3mo
Cool! I am actually not sure yet where to spend Christmas/New Year time. Was thinking about Belgrade
lijaigzuhml3mo
Sound good too
czcbwixvkda3mo
My New Year will be in London
xtjdqnkz3mo
Seems like you like Bulgaria more over Turkey since you are heading back? ๐Ÿ™‚
dolypluj3mo
London sounds great
vnqsaxihpgh3mo
100% haha
foqrmijcuxu3mo
I felt in love real hard for Bulgaria haha
ttuwkomo3mo
Yeah, I think I prefer Eastern Europe more too. Turkey culture is so different from what I used to, also religion, etc..
xqrtlmch3mo
Good, but not for me)
nkussffqwrm3mo
It's said that this year will have the longest firework show ever! 18 minutes
asnmhalk3mo
Really? In London?
orazpolnckr3mo
Yeah, that's the point. I guess turkey is great for a quick trip, to some sightseeing, seeing new cultures and stuff, but doesn't work so well for a nomad, at least not in my reality.
xrknmztwmqu3mo
I mean, the longest show that London has had
tihcscqq3mo
Funny thing is that Iโ€™ve got to know owner of one of the coworking spaces here in Antalya(I think there are 2 overall lol) and he was like โ€œHey buddy, can you help me get more people coming here? I donโ€™t get it - I have good rates, good weather here and still only few people signed up)โ€
zfebuxctgjv3mo
hahaha oh god
rmnqulvb3mo
qkxpxvtkjuus If you donโ€™t mind me asking, since youโ€™ve stayed in Sofia, can you recommend Airbnb(s) that you have been to? I just need a room with good internet speed and desk)
fcwjnhggehr3mo
Sure. I've stayed in a great place, here is the ๐Ÿ”—
uvoaapen3mo
Nice, thanks!
pzcsxxapvbx3mo
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vzmetbvi3mo
Is there any app in Turkey like Uber, folks? I wasnโ€™t able to find anything except BiTaksi which is not exactly the proper app)
bhfuuefpniw3mo
BiTaksi was the closest I could get haha
zejodcyxgfi2mo
Hey asmfyj well I'm on my third week in Istanbul and I have to say that it's been a mix of felling. At the beginning was a bit weird, some culture shock I guess, but after that, I started to really enjoy it and I wouldn't care to spend more time in here and I am definitely adding Turkey to my "want-to-return" country list.

If you do decide to come, some piece of advice would be, cash is king here, the Nomadlist guide says that it is a cashless society but not having enough cash on me was the cause of most of my troubles.

Tough the cashless thing turned out to be not so accurate in my experience, you should go to the location reported on the guide. It looks a bit off the centre but Istanbul has one of the best public transportation I've seen, it is all integrated and it covers even boat trip which is an awesome way to go places.
nbwuaepxri2mo
The political situation in Turkey has been volatile for close to a decade now. You should also download a VPN before arriving, so that you can book accommodations. Some accommodation sites are blocked within the country.
yjdng2mo
Any VPNs that you recommend?
apenuuiw2mo
I use Windscribe - bought myself lifetime subscription a while ago.
gozho2mo
Got it tx!
dtidautmse2mo
I use ExpressVPN
ygddyodegf2mo
Also don't forget that your phone will not work the second time you come back to Turkey, unless you go through the trouble of registering your phone
qwjoypqk2mo
fmqusvgkmeu I also used it. Itโ€™s great, but not cheap.
yfisfnew2mo
oqstxo I agree with lheatkotgdue Been in Turkey for 3 weeks in Antalya (now will be in Istanbul for a week) I have to say it was really a shock for me. Itโ€™s not Europe, itโ€™s really different mentality here 1) Be prepared that most of the people donโ€™t speak English. Maybe in tourist areas, but overall they donโ€™t know it 2) Be prepared that US cards will not work in some places - especially if itโ€™s internet transactions, but ATMs are in many places, so you should be able to get cash 3) Many people smoke. I repeat - MANY. Be ready to see clouds of smoke everywhere you go. This is historically one of the most smoking countries. They donโ€™t drink much though! 4) Be prepared to see lots of cats everywhere. I love that! 5) Eating out is really cheap, at least in Antalya. 6) Donโ€™t buy simcard at the airport and rather go to official place to buy it to avoid being ripped off. 7) Never agree on initial price when you go to buy something on markets 8 ) Overall there is not much a concept of a โ€œpersonal spaceโ€. Comparing with US many people want to chat and ask very personal questions. They are not rude, thatโ€™s just how it works here. But honestly - any place would be better than San Francisco (lived there for 3 years - never again), so enjoy Turkey ๐Ÿ˜Ž
vyoskkhq2mo
gljdabiegynl What was your favorite place to visit while in Istanbul?
zatveqmdokf2mo
urwvejluo I guess the Dolmabahรงe Palace was outstanding and to be honest, having lunch at NusrEt was one of the most incredible experience I've had on my last 7 months on the road, at least gastronomically.
nwxtwbcf2mo
Nice! I think Turkish food is great, but the amount of bread they eat is omg ๐Ÿ˜„ wxdtgyvbarxn
jqchj2mo
ukyiuy just arrived in Izmir, #turkey
phqhf2mo
sadkpm just arrived in Antalya, #turkey
ciopugby2mo
Ah, apparently it's just a wrapper for local taxies
ztrkj2mo
A recent change
ypbwsskw2mo
Leaving Turkey today and honestly after a month here I can't wait to get the heck out of here. Infrastructure and roads are good (for the most part), but people, mentality, lack of personal space, loudness, horrible internet, their smoking habits just make me sick. I think I'll probably never return here again haha.
rxlabqmi2mo
And sorry if I am being mean, just my thoughts on that place ๐Ÿ˜€
jqwmk2mo
lol
tvero2mo
No offense but...
cxusjole2mo
No offense but what? ๐Ÿ˜€
ytrjz2mo
It reminds of when people say 'no offense but' and proceed to offend ๐Ÿ˜„
anspexeu2mo
๐Ÿ˜„ Honestly, I had waves of emotions in Turkey. From very positive to quite negative. I probably overreacted yesterday, but that was after seeing a bus station in Istanbul and being stopped by cops (without uniform, just casual dress) 3 times in a month to check docs (not just me, I saw them stopping people one by one who passes to downtown Istanbul). Back to the bus station - it deserves 0 stars. Itโ€™s like 1960s and havenโ€™t been renovated ever since and had to deal with rude personnel there. I think such a beautiful country as a Turkey deserves better handling of foreigners and showcasing them a better side of the country.
fyvjoels2mo
[Youtube Midnight Express Theme - The Chase]
xmmrqznj2mo
Walking in Istanbul listening to this music. Amazing experience.
zuoyb2mo
cmitmk just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
ogmoy2mo
I feel you with my rollercoaster ride here as well!
fpaeo2mo
Any tips for Istanbul? I've had a meh time so far
uhiekvcd2mo
phtrev watch midnight express. Trust me, you will see Istanbul differently. Best advice I can give.

Also, I suggest visiting the different castles and museum Dolmahbahce, topkapi. Also, I recommend the Harem side of topkapi, amazing...
iygxj2mo
Which neighborhoods did you stay
anjdiwzm2mo
Eminonu
ukbou2mo
Hmm I'll look into it
emcgjdlgys1mo
rdaoxgjbc Welcome!
tvzkbxpn1mo
Thanks!
efoed1mo
slkiwv just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
rzqhqqkgy1mo
Anyone in Istanbul this Saturday? Long layover and would love to meet up!
mhnld1mo
I just left; enjoy it.
rjxwpbvzvs1mo
Welcome UMJ7P5B5W. I live in Istanbul. But this saturday Iโ€™m not available. When are you until here?
xoknkpcpo1mo
So, I've got a long layover on Saturday (1615-0225), but I'll be back the 29th for 3 days
wuxopxzsl1mo
wuzgkwtgxr just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
upvzyvhartasm16d
anyone know the best SIM option for turkey? also, will be in alanya for a couple months if anyone is around. ๐Ÿ™‚
ngkdgrpild16d
Turkcell
gvszioznmk16d
a bit expensive compared to other operators but definetly the best in Turkey.
umnwvxkkdebnv16d
cool, thanks!
rcllrmxi14d
Hmm. I had Turkcell and it was good in speed, but sucked in price. You can try Vodafone, they have unlimited options
yvksegub14d
But really in general internet sucked anywhere I went in Turkey, soโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜„
fdihjqjkiro14d
I went for Vodafone too, it was enough for a couple of weeks. Not to so sure for months, though
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