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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
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.
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.
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...
i stayed in fethiye for a while. it's a nice area.
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)
Right?! wtf is that?
But at least LinkedIn and Telegram is not blocked like in Russia ))
Russia blocks LinkedIn? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Dammmm'
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.
Interesting... didn't know that, thanks
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.
Food here is great indeed
zmnbxrtowymd btw, I will be in Instambul for around 5 days (25-30 November), if you still will be there we can meet.
I'm leaving at 18th to Bulgaria ๐Ÿ˜•
Heh, I'm leaving on 30th to Bulgaria :) Sofia initially, then probably Plovdiv
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
LOL! I'll stay a week in Sofia or Plovdiv and then head to Bansko until Christmas
Cool! I am actually not sure yet where to spend Christmas/New Year time. Was thinking about Belgrade
Sound good too
My New Year will be in London
Seems like you like Bulgaria more over Turkey since you are heading back? ๐Ÿ™‚
London sounds great
100% haha
I felt in love real hard for Bulgaria haha
Yeah, I think I prefer Eastern Europe more too. Turkey culture is so different from what I used to, also religion, etc..
Good, but not for me)
It's said that this year will have the longest firework show ever! 18 minutes
Really? In London?
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.
I mean, the longest show that London has had
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€
hahaha oh god
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)
Sure. I've stayed in a great place, here is the ๐Ÿ”—
Nice, thanks!
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)
BiTaksi was the closest I could get haha
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.
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.
Any VPNs that you recommend?
I use Windscribe - bought myself lifetime subscription a while ago.
Got it tx!
I use ExpressVPN
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
fmqusvgkmeu I also used it. Itโ€™s great, but not cheap.
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
gljdabiegynl What was your favorite place to visit while in Istanbul?
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.
Nice! I think Turkish food is great, but the amount of bread they eat is omg ๐Ÿ˜„ wxdtgyvbarxn
ukyiuy just arrived in Izmir, #turkey
sadkpm just arrived in Antalya, #turkey
Ah, apparently it's just a wrapper for local taxies
A recent change
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.
And sorry if I am being mean, just my thoughts on that place ๐Ÿ˜€
No offense but...
No offense but what? ๐Ÿ˜€
It reminds of when people say 'no offense but' and proceed to offend ๐Ÿ˜„
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.
[Youtube Midnight Express Theme - The Chase]
Walking in Istanbul listening to this music. Amazing experience.
cmitmk just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
I feel you with my rollercoaster ride here as well!
Any tips for Istanbul? I've had a meh time so far
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...
Which neighborhoods did you stay
Hmm I'll look into it
rdaoxgjbc Welcome!
slkiwv just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
Anyone in Istanbul this Saturday? Long layover and would love to meet up!
I just left; enjoy it.
Welcome UMJ7P5B5W. I live in Istanbul. But this saturday Iโ€™m not available. When are you until here?
So, I've got a long layover on Saturday (1615-0225), but I'll be back the 29th for 3 days
wuzgkwtgxr just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
anyone know the best SIM option for turkey? also, will be in alanya for a couple months if anyone is around. ๐Ÿ™‚
a bit expensive compared to other operators but definetly the best in Turkey.
cool, thanks!
Hmm. I had Turkcell and it was good in speed, but sucked in price. You can try Vodafone, they have unlimited options
But really in general internet sucked anywhere I went in Turkey, soโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜„
I went for Vodafone too, it was enough for a couple of weeks. Not to so sure for months, though
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