As any other city, there are its pros and cons. Of course, it is not a village where everyone will be nice and smile at you if you expect this. Large cities are usually cold and people are quite disconnected. However, the beauty of the culture compliments everything. I suggest having a right intention when coming to Istanbul. If you're looking to make new friends, this is probably not your place to pick (as people are pretty cold), but if you want to enjoy your life, live in your own pace - go to islands to swim, see historical places, walk on your feet a lot, go to cool restaurants and very vivid coffee shops (the variety, is wow!!). As you enter your routine, people will follow and you will connect with some as well that it is not going to be lonely.
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Antalya is not that bad, but here are the problems:
1) Not much in terms of co-working options. Feels like there are just a few options there. I found one coworking space, but honestly doesn't feel like a nomad place
2) Too few people speak English. It's really a struggle to communicate.
3) Feels too slow sometimes
4) No ridesharing apps. Literally. The only option is to book traditional taxis.
5) Internet is slow, including Airbnb's
6) Mobile internet plans are expensive. Not worth it.
7) VPN is a must. Wikipedia is blocked, for example.
On a flip side:
1) Airbnb's are cheap
2) Many options to go in the mountains, etc. Beautiful place.
3) Has a potential to grow
Overall 3/5 I would say. Not bad, but there are better places for nomads.
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Turkey was a fascinating and exotic place in the eighties and nineties but even then I took a dislike to Izmir after getting robbed and threatened there. In more recent times, the considerable slice of the population has become more and more hostile to Westerners although it's usually disguised. I stopped going in 2015.
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It's a beautiful small city with nice parks.
The population is somewhat used to foreigners since there are many humanitarian agencies with offices in the city. Nevertheless, basically no one speaks English.
There is a large mall with several options to eat and work.
I've spent days in local cafes without issue although cafe owners were clearly surprised by this behaviour.
Regarding activities, they are constrained to the touristic, such as museums, and hamams (saunas).
I've heard that there are pubs and places to dance but I've not seen them.
The female population mostly behaves as small town people. Caring about appearances and stuff like that.
Be extremely careful with traffic! No rules are respected.
Finally, this nation has an honor culture, like all of the region. Do no criticize anyone for anything!
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