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May 2014

by Selin Kaluti



May 2014

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04 Board letter 05 An ‘Open door’ for IWI members



REGULAR ACTIVITIES 06 Neighbourhood coffee mornings 07 Newcomers 08 Groups, clubs and regular activities 10 Book club news 11 Summer lunch

FEATURES 25 A touch of spice 28 Spring has sprung 30 Neighbourhood tour: Beykoz 34 Hidrellez: Spring festival 38 Cycling in and around Istanbul SPONSORED ARTICLES 42 Time Out: Istanbul on-the-go 44 Cornucopia: Beyoğlu hideaway








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46 Vegetable superheroes 48 Goodbye, winter woes 50 Re-treat yourself

54 Appreciation and your child 56 Announcements

PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES 17 Turkish cooking demonstration 18 Karaköy Güllüoğlu baklava tour 20 Soap-making workshop 21 Moroccan cooking demonstration 22 Chinese new year lunch

CHARITY Europa Donna

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58 Groups and associations 60 Partner offers 62 Classifieds 63 Directory 64 IWI policies




Nilgün Coruk


Nicole Liao


Natalie Vaatz-Deutscher

Office Manager

Karlygash Omurbayeva

Membership Secretary

Ayşe Natalie Akcan

Events Coordinator

Elena Skylarskaya

Events Coordinator

Marine Boixiere

Sponsorship Coordinator

Anne Marie Yilmaz

Marketing Manager

Alison Cecil


Eleanor Ross

Advertising Coordinator

Aylin Gottardo

Charity Coordinator

Jo Bradley

Programs Coordinator

Ambili Ramachandran

Neighbourhood Coffee Mornings Coordinator

Christina Türk

Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Çamlıtepe Sitesi No:74 Blok C1 / D2 Ulus Ortaköy İstanbul – TURKEY

Newcomers Coordinator (Eur)

Hana Danon

Newcomers Coordinator (Eur)

Camelia Sağisman

Newcomers Coordinator (Asia)

Petra Gönenç

Newcomers Programs

Ayşe Yücel

İmtiyaz Sahibi / Licensee:

Mums n Kids

Maria Petersen Çiftgül

IPWIN Coordinator

Ulli Allmendinger

IPWIN Coordinator

Hong Yang

IPWIN Coordinator

Namita Srivastava

Liaison Officer

Ebru Demirel

Wednesday from 10:30 AM till 1:00 PM Adresi / Address: Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Çamlıtepe Sitesi No:74 Blok C1 / D2 Ulus Ortaköy İstanbul – TURKEY Telephone: 0212 287 35 71 Dergi Adı / Magazine Name: Lale, Monthly Programme of the International Women of İstanbul

Yayını Yapan / Publisher:

IWI International Women of İstanbul, Dernek Kod: 34-64/027

İrtibat Adresi / Address:

Suzanne Bruns Kaluti Adresi / Address: Badur Boğaziçi Evleri No. 3/5 Özden Sokak Nispetiye Caddesi Etiler, İstanbul Tel: 0212 287 45 57

Sorumlu Yazı İşleri Müdürü / Responsible Editor:

Laily Neyzi Adresi / Address: Kemerburgaz Mesa Evleri, Lavanta 7, D:9, 34075 Göktürk, İstanbul

Yayın Türü / Issue Type: Yerel Süreli

Tasarım / Design:

Marlet Advertising Studios +90 216 386 32 16

Matbaa / Printer:

Marlet Print Solutions +90 216 386 32 16


Juliana Elerman


Esbie van Heerden-Ünsal

E-Letter Coordinator

Suzy Kaluti

Neighbourhood Coffee Mornings Sadia Zafar

Newcomers Programs

Kim Francis


Cynthia Hadatoğlu

Book Club 1

Lesley Tahtakılıç

Book Club 2

Mary Akgüner


Celine Cenik

Lale Health and Fitness Editor

Ulli Allmendinger

Lale Features Editor

Louise Pye

Basım Tarihi: 10.04.2014 Sayı: 70


May 2014

AN EVENING TO BOND WITH THE BEST International Women of Istanbul presents its Annual Spring Charity Ball


Dress to Kill on this Night of Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction and Surprises

@ the Rahmi Koc Museum, On Saturday, May 24th; 007 PM - Late Net proceeds go to IWI Charities


by Selin Kaluti

Doors Open at 006 PM for Complimentary Car Collection Tour

For earlyMay bird2014 promotions and to reserve your place please visit or contact events@iwi-tr.org3


Dear IWI members, Get your dancing shoes on – it’s Spring Ball season! On 24 May, as the clock strikes ‘007’pm, the doors will open to the one of a kind night at the the Rahmi M Koç Transport Museum, where you will be greeted by the IWI Spring Ball team. Our mission for the evening? To have a good time, while also supporting IWIsponsored charities by bidding at our Silent Action for fabulous donated prizes generously given by local businesses. It’s been a great year for me acting as the IWI Charity Coordinator. I can't say enough about how each of our sponsored charities have so warmly welcomed me into their organisation and how each has touched my heart during this past year. IZEV invited me out to their campus in Sariyer where I was a welcome guest at their end of year program. I remember all the students on stage dancing and singing and the parents in the audience cheering and clapping along, as did I. Through IZEV, I became acquainted with Down Café, where many of their students go for training in the service sector in hopes of gaining employment after graduation. Down Café also supported this year’s Christmas Festival by having their own table at the Grand Hyatt Hotel last December.

Jo made a stunning elf at the Christmas Festival

Mavi Kalem also had a table at the Grand Hyatt selling handicrafts made by the local women who use their service. I’ve never been to Mavi Kalem without experiencing the warmth and kindness of their small staff and dedicated volunteers. The neighbourhood women and children are always relaxed and interested. What great work they do. The Bomonti Home continues to survive in a neighbourhood that has undergone so many changes over the past several years. The nuns working there truly are God’s gift; what dedication they possess in servicing the elderly with kindness and care even managing to host a 100th birthday party for a resident this past February. Delicious cake was served – yum! I’ve been lucky to spend time with the Yoret Foundation too. They are dedicated professionals looking to broaden the experience of children through educational means. Their summer program can reach up to 800 children and their families – truly remarkable! The ongoing dedication of the Pink Angels is heartwarming, to say the least. The joy they bring to the children undergoing cancer treatment by playing games and hosting crafts is exceptional. Europa Donna is the featured charity in this month’s Lale. Please take time to read about how you can better protect yourself against breast cancer through life style choices and changes. The theme for this year’s Spring Ball is I SPY ISTANBUL, an evening to ‘Bond’ with the best. I think its true, we are the best – and I hope to see you there, out on the dance floor, beside me.

Jo Bradley IWI Charity Coordinator


May 2014

IWI AN ‘OPEN DOOR’ FOR IWI MEMBERS ABROAD The IWI is pleased to announce our acceptance into the Open Door network of International Women’s associations. Today, more and more women are on the move, whether with husbands or partners whose professions take them to places far away from their home countries, or for their own careers. In many cases women may be leaving family and friends, and being faced with a foreign language to learn, and a new culture to come to terms with; they may be giving up professional careers or managing major change within their working lives. 
All of this can be daunting, but contact with women in similar situations that is provided by international women's clubs and associations that are non-political, non-religious, non-commercial and where membership is open to all nationalities makes this process much easier. Women’s clubs and associations, such as IWI, provide members with monthly meetings, a variety of activities and the opportunity to form new friendships, all of which can be an exciting and stimulating experience.

“I am pleased to announce that IWI has been accepted by the Open Door network. The purpose of Open Door is to provide an immediate point of contact for a member from an affiliated association moving to or visiting a town or city where a sister club exists. Our members will have an immediate contact when they arrive at their new destination and thus a chance to meet people right away.” Nilgün Çoruk IWI Chairwoman

Open Door is a network of such international women's clubs and membership provides inter-club contact and communication. 
By opening their doors to each other, members of a club in one country have immediate access to the members of and facilities provided by ‘sister clubs’ in other countries and for these reasons this inter-club network is greatly valued. Open Door does this by granting guest status to new arrivals or visitors from affiliated clubs. Open Door also helps and advises new associations and clubs and provides help and support to member clubs where needed. This is important to remember if you are moving to a new country where there is no established international women’s association. You just might want to start one, with the help of Open Door. The Open Door network is administered through the means of a directory of member associations with club and contact details for presidents and international coordinators. Today there are more than 80 international women's associations in 40 countries that open their doors to each other. IWI Istanbul is glad to be one of them. The information for individual sister clubs can be accessed via the Open Door website Contact information can also be obtained from our international coordinator, Tammy Ni (internationalcoordinator@iwi-tr. org) or via IWI chairwoman Nilgün Çoruk (

May 2014


NEIGHBOURHOOD COFFEE MORNINGS Depending on where you live, you’ll automatically be added to an email list for your neighbourhood coffee mornings. Coffee mornings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm. Please be on the lookout for emails from your local area coordinator.



Marilyn Milligan

Area B

Tarabya Sarıyer


Derryn Snowdon

Area C



Christina Türk

Area D

Arnavutköy Bebek Rumeli Hisarı


Karen Chesnut

Area E

Ortaköy Levazım​


Dawn Biyashev

Area F



​Sadia Zafar

Area G

Nişantaşı Osmanbey Şişli/​Fulya Gayrettepe

Esentepe Tepebaşı ​Teşvikiye/Maçka

Michele Green-Taş Mary Akgüner

Area H / I

Yeniköy İstinye Maslak

Reşitpaşa Emirgan

Szilvia Nagy

Area J

Zekeriyaköy Kilyos​/ Uskumruköy

Marlene Bronte

Area K



Didem Sağıroğlu

Area L

Beyoğlu ​Taksim/Tünel ​Sultanahmet ​Harbiye ​Fatih

Gümüşsuyu​ Eyüp Cihangir Topağacı ​Gaziosmanpaşa ​Kabataş

Ayşe Yufkayürek

Area M

Maltepe Kadıköy Moda Üsküdar Ataşehir Kartal

Ömerli ​Tuzla Küçükyalı ​Salacak

Lynn Nish​

Area O​

Ümraniye Çekmeköy ​Beykoz ​Çengelköy Anadolu Hisarı

Beylerbeyi ​Kanlıca Polonezköy Kandilli Kavacık

Valerie Çelebi​

Area P​

Büyükçekmece Küçükçekmece​ ​Hadımköy ​Bakırköy ​Ataköy ​Yeşilköy ​Yeşilyurt ​Bahçeköy Bahçelievler

Güneşli ​Yenibosna ​Beylikdüzü ​Halkalı ​Bahceşehir ​Bağcılar ​Esenyurt Küçükköy

Natalie Vaatz Deutscher

Area Y​

Caddebostan​ Fenerbahçe​ ​Bostancı ​Erenköy ​Kalamış ​Suadiye

​ alideçeşme V ​Göztepe ​Bakkalköy ​Çiftehavuzlar ​Şaşkınbakkal ​Küçük Bakkalköy

Members living in Area Y are invited to attend the Asian Side Newcomers Coffee mornings at Dilek Pastanesi on Bağdat Caddesi, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


May 2014



IWI holds coffee mornings twice a month, on both the Asian and European sides.


Our popular bi-weekly meeting spot in Etiler welcomes you anytime between 12 noon and 2 pm for lunch, coffee and a friendly chat. Camellia and Hana, our newcomer coordinators, will be there to greet you with a smile and introduce you to the other members.


The Asian side coffee morning had a change of venue recently. We now meet at Dilek Pastanesi on Bağdat Caddesi in Caddesbostan. Join us to meet new members, establish new friendships, or renew existing ones.

We look forward to seeing you there!


See Calendar for details


11:00 am -1:30 pm (Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)


1st floor terrace, Dilek Pastanesi, Caddebostan

Pay as you order


Pay as you order

Meeting place

Tepecik Yolu, Alken Sitesi, Etiler

Meeting place

Bağdat Caddesi No:290, Caddebostan


Not required


Not required

Contact details

Camellia Sağışman: 0532 236 9755 Hana Danon: 0532 213 3151

Contact details

Petra Gönenç: 0532 275 4219


See Calendar for details


12 noon -2:00 pm (Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)


La Kantin


May 2014





IPWIN, the International Professional Women of Istanbul Network, welcomes all women who are working, seeking employment, or unable to work in Turkey for legal reasons. Our members meet monthly at our IPWIN ‘first Wednesday’. The ‘first Wednesday is an informal get-together based around a specific topic, and is aimed at professional development and networking in a relaxed environment. We also schedule special events through the year featuring business-related topics. Contact:

The photo club is a group of international members whose skill levels vary from very basic to semiprofessional – but who all share the desire to capture the world in a photograph and to explore Istanbul while doing so. The group discussion includes all current event information, bi-weekly photo challenges, tips and tricks, and general photography topics. Contact: Fay Magnusson

Once a month, IWI members have the opportunity to learn to play chess or to improve their chess skills free of charge with Women’s Chess Grand Master and 2006 European Champion Ekaterina Atalik. Children aged five and over are also welcome. Contact: Ekaterina Atalik 0533 690 4782



Istanbul@night offers a regular opportunity for IWI members, their spouses and friends, to get together and enjoy a few drinks in a fun, new and interesting spot in the city. Everyone is welcome for a relaxed and sociable evening to enjoy some of the best Istanbul has to offer! Istanbul@night takes place on the last Thursday of every month. Look out for more details in the newsletter and on the IWI website. There is no cost to attending, just come and along and pay for what you order. Contact:


There are two IWI book clubs. Book Club 1 is currently over-subscribed, but Book Club 2 is open to new members! Contact: Mary Akgüner (Book Club 2)

Is there an activity that you’d enjoy participating in with other IWI members that you don’t see listed here? An Art Club? A Movie Club? Or?! How about starting a new club in order to find members who share your interests? We welcome suggestions and coordinators for new IWI regular activities. Contact: Alison Cecil


If you enjoy playing tennis please join our group! Teams are based on skill level and we welcome all players from beginners to intermediate and advanced. Tennis Group takes place at Torch Tennis in Tarabya. Contact: Kenan Dündar 0535 390 4983

The IWI office hours are on Wednesdays from 10:30 -1:00. Our new office is nice and bright and has a lovely garden. Feel free to drop in for a chat or if you have any questions. Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi No 74, Çamlıtepe Sitesi Block C1/D2, Ulus 34347 0212 287 3571 There’s a map at the back of the magazine! May 2014

Join the IWI Board & IWI Teams!

Do you want to sharpen your professional skills? Do you want to learn a completely new skill? Do you have some extra time on your hands? Do you have excellent people skills? Do you want to meet people from all over the world and join a fun team?

Current team openings:

Board roles

Support roles

IWI Vice Chair

Sponsorship Assistant

This a fun position with involvement in most aspects of running the IWI. As well as assisting the Chair and advising other IWI board members when they need support, it may also include dealing with media promotion, and managing the IWI Facebook group – with plenty of opportunities to opt in to event planning and more.

Charity Coordinator

The Charity Coordinator has an opportunity to help make a real difference for those in need. This rewarding role includes keeping in touch with IWI-sponsored charities, including regular onsite visits; overseeing funding proposals from sponsored charities; and making budget recommendations to the Board. Placing interested IWI volunteers within sponsored charities is also an important part of the role.

Are you keen to be part of a dynamic team and to help the IWI community? The sponsorship assistant will be responsible for maintaining the sponsor database and assisting with IWI fundraising events by contacting sponsors for donations of cash, products, services or raffle gifts. For this role you will need very good communication and organisational skills. Ability to speak Turkish to at least an intermediate level would be ideal. Please contact Anne Marie Yilmaz, our Sponsorship Coordinator, to find out more. You can reach Anne Marie at

Membership Coordinator

With responsibility for making sure members are registered in the database, and that their details are kept up to date, Membership Coordinator is a pivotal role within IWI. The Membership Coordinator is the first point of contact for many potential new members, and organises member registration at the IWI Open Day in September. Fielding email queries throughout the year and coordinating Lale delivery are also important parts of the role. Please contact Nilgün Çoruk, our Chairwoman, to find out more about these positions. You can reach Nilgün at May 2014




Book Club News


ur book club has gone to Africa twice this year. The first time was with Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace Walk, when we looked at a traditional family in Cairo in the first part of the last century. We then travelled to Ethiopia with Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, which takes place during the second half of the 1900s. Both books both reflect, to varying degrees, the political whirlwinds of their times and include a death scene or two. Africa is a big continent, of course, and the timelines in each book are so different that it is not surprising that the story lines don’t have much in common. ‘Palace Walk’ is the name of the street on which the family about which the book is written lives. It is the first book in a trilogy that won Naguib Mahfouz the Nobel Prize. Even for its time, the upper middle class family we read about followed the strictest rules of patriarchal order. While well-regarded by outside society for his wit and manners, the father terrorises his family of three sons and two daughters, making all the decisions about their futures without much consultation. His wife and daughters are cloistered in their home and are not even allowed to visit relatives without his reluctantly given permission. He himself stays out until the early hours of the morning, philandering. Despite this, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for any of the characters, so obsequious are they. Any rebellion they plan is covered up in deceit, except that is for the spirited six-year-old son, who often enrages his father. As a subtext, the latter part of the book deals with the protests against British dominion over Egypt during this time. The reader doesn’t get a clear feel for the independence movement however. Our group’s reaction was lukewarm.

Image credit: Random House

Contrast that with Cuttng for Stone. The “family” here is two Indian doctors who work at an understaffed mission hospital outside Addis Ababa. Their adopted twin sons and household are all prominently described. The boys’ mother, an Indian nun, died in childbirth, and their father, a brilliant American surgeon, is so griefstricken that he disappears only reappear when the boys are adults. The twins, MarionShiva, are conjoined at the head at birth and are placed in the hands of nurturing, loving adoptive parents. We watch them grow and become Marion and Shiva, two young men quite different from each other until near the end of the book when they become MarionShiva again. Throughout the book we see the boys interacting and helping out with patients at the hospital. Through this book, the reader feels he knows the beauty of the countryside, the customs and life of the community surrounding the mission and the political turbulence of the time.We truly grow to care about all these characters, even many of the minor ones. Cutting for Stone is a monumental, passionate work, a five-hanky one It leaves you feeling good about the world and the people who inhabit it. The language is rich. As a book club, we were overwhelmed by it. Mary Akgüner, Book Club 2 ________________________________________

IWI has two book clubs. Book Club 1 is currently oversubscribed, but if you’re interested in joining Book Club 2, please contact Mary Akgüner:

Image credit: Random House

Book Club 2 meets at 10.30am on the third Tuesday morning of the month at Kanyon mall, and welcomes visitors as well as new members.


May 2014

Join us on Thursday 5 June for the annual IWI Summer Lunch, taking place at Sumahan-on-the-Water, one of Istanbul's luxury boutique hotels. The lunch will take place in their contemporary restaurant, Tapasuma, which opened in December 2012. Sumahan-on-the-Water is situated right on the waterfront in Çengelköy on the Asian shores of Istanbul. It occupies a distillery built in the mid19th century, which produced 'suma' – the unadulterated spirit used to make raki. Tapasuma serves up top chef Gökay Çakıroğlu’s inspirational Turkish and Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary twist. We look forward to seeing you and your friends for the Annual Summer Lunch!


AT TAPASUMA RESTAURANT WHEN: 12.30pm, Thursday 5 June WHERE: Tapasuma restaurant, at Sumahan-on-the-Water Çengelköy Mh., Kuleli Cd No:43, 34684 Istanbul COST: 115TL members; 135TL non-members RSVP DETAILS: You can RSVP online at Payment, and RSVP, are due 29 May. Please pay in cash with the exact change. If you would like to order the vegetarian option, please be sure to specify this in advance by email to GETTING THERE Sumahan-on-the-Water has a boat service from Kuruçeşme pier at 11.50am and 12.20pm, which may be of interest to those travelling from the European side. The boat can carry a maximum of 12 people at a time. The return boat service hours are 2.30pm and 3.00pm. Please note that due to the limited capacity, you will need to reserve your place if you wish to use the ferry service. It is also possible to take a boat from Besiktas to Üsküdar then take a taxi to the restaurant or a mini bus to Çengelkoy.

May 2014

MENU COLD TAPAS Stuffed wine leaves with sour cherry Zucchini blossom stuffed with seafood Cracked wheat with green onion and red pepper HOT TAPAS Lamb Kibbeh, yogurt and red pepper relish Gardener vegetable börek Cheese prawn, with sweet and sour sauce MAIN Grilled Beef Tenderloin Marinated herbs tenderloin, beetroot mashed potato, with mushroom sauteé and demi-glace sauce DESSERT White chocolateenvelope with chestnut Filled with chocolate and chestnut mousse, served with syrup and pistachio sauce BEVERAGES A glass of wine, tea, coffee and petit-four are included An equally delicious – and equally comprehensive! – vegetarian alternative menu will also be available.



Karen Van Drie presenting to IPWIN members recently at the IWI office.

Managing multiple projects

On the first Wednesday in March, marketing guru and multiple project managing afficionado Guner Faika Dilsizoglu presented her talk on Managing Multiple Projects vs. Multitasking. It felt very timely since with the advancement of technology and the shrinking of team resources so many of us are forced to wear many hats and juggle multiple projects in the workplace. She gave great tips on how to manage multitasking without compromising the quality of your work and increasing the number of grey hairs.

Health and diet

Later that month, Ayurvedic consultant, herbalist and yoga therapist Ulli Allmendinger held a seminar titled: Optimal digestion and metabolism with Ayurveda. She gave tips on how to eat constitutionally and in alignment with the seasons to counter digestive complaints such as gas and bloating or heartburn. She also highlighted the use of spices and rules of food combinations to optimise metabolism for healthy weight and increased energy.

Marketing across cultures

On the first Wednesday in April, Semiha Ünal gave a presentation on how to reach your target customer across cultures as an entrepreneur or a business person. Semiha founded Solutions for You Limited (S4U) in 2010. In 2013 she launched a new brand – Business Support Turkey – for foreign direct investors who are starting to do business in Turkey.



Later in April, Sevil Delin taught a workshop entitled How to turn a Light Bulb Moment into a Light Bulb Business: tips on how to be a successful entrepreneur. Half-Turkish, half-American, Sevil has lived in Egypt, Hong Kong, Turkey, the UK and the US, and read English at Oxford University. A freelance travel writer based in Istanbul, she writes about the city for Condé Nast Traveller, The Guardian and Wallpaper. In addition, she has set up and run four Istanbulbased businesses in the past 15 years: Delin Consulting Ltd. (English-language editing, translation and copywriting), Global Stüdyo (international voiceovers), Istanbul Media Pool (a cooperative of ten media companies) and most recently Hotel Momcierge - a concierge service for families visiting Istanbul, providing rental equipment and comprehensive services (from airport pickup with car seats to babysitters and kid-friendly tours). For the first time, after the talk, there was an opportunity to ‘speed network’ and share ideas, cards and plans with each other. The aim is to create a platform for entrepreneurial IPWIN members to get practical advice on setting up their business and also synergize with each other.

Ulli Allmendinger, on behalf of the IPWIN coordinating team

May 2014

May 2014




May M O N D AY





Newcomers Coffee Morning (European side)





















Bond Girl Style Talk


Neighbourhood Coffee Mornings

13 Newcomers Coffee Morning (Asian side)

19 26


IPWIN First Wednesday

20 27


IPWIN Workshop

21 28

Emotional Freedom Technique Program

Dim sum Lunch at Shangri-La Newcomers Coffee Morning (European side)



Spring Ball

International Women of Istanbul presents its Annual Spring Charity Ball


22 29


Bosphorus Boat Tour



Dress to Kill on this Night of Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction and Surprises

@ the Rahmi Koc Museum, On Saturday, May 24th; 007 PM - Late

Doors Open at 006 PM for Complimentary Car Collection Tour Net proceeds go to IWI Charities


by Selin Kaluti

Newcomers Coffee Morning (Asian side)

For early bird promotions and to reserve your place please visit or contact


May 2014




EFT is acupressure that uses gentle tapping instead of needles to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points. This technique helps relieve psychological stress as well as physical pain by balancing the body’s energy system and allowing the free flow of energy. Balancing the energy system allows the body and mind to work in harmony and maintain its natural healing abilities. EFT is safe and easy to apply. Once learned it can be used on oneself or others, including babies, to relieve emotional, physical or psychological stress and symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, anger, pain or worry.

There’s no denying that the James Bond movies have some serious fashion moments. This is particularly true of the Bond girl, whose style comes down to an edgy look during the day and a show-stopping look at night. Her style sense tells us she’s confident, powerful, cunning, witty, elegant and sexy. We have, in all of us, a Bond girl but, how does one parlay her fabulous style from the movie screen into one’s life? Style and beauty experts from The StyleIST, a personal styling business here in Istanbul, share tips and techniques on how small changes to your wardrobe and beauty routine can help incorporate some bond girl style into your overall look.

The workshop aims to equip each participant with the skills and information required to use the technique effectively both on themselves and on others. Suheyla is a pedagogist and sociologist, an emotion and awareness consultant, an emotional intelligence trainer and a member of the Association for Meridian and Energy Therapies. She has completed the association’s international EFT Master, EmoTrance Advanced and Positive EFT Practitioner certificates. She has previously taught social science courses at Bilkent University in Ankara. For more information on Süheyla and her practice visit her website: DETAILS

With the Spring Ball just around the corner, what better than to let The StyleIST help you to create that perfect Bond girl look that will leave you dressed to kill. How to select a dress that’s perfect for your body type, the hair and makeup styles that work for you and how to accessorize are all topics that will be covered. After all, it’s all about style... Bond girl style! You are invited to bring photos of dresses, hair and makeup that you like and The StyleIST’s experts will advise if that style is right for you.



Thursday 8 May 2014


Monday 12 May 2014


10.30am – 1.00pm IWI Office, Ulus – refer to the last page of Lale for address and map


10.00am – 12.30pm IWI Office, Ulus – refer to the last page of Lale for address and map


30TL in cash


10TL in cash

Maximum participants


Maximum participants



Online at or email


Online: or


Tuesday 6 May 2014


Tuesday 8 May 2014

Person present Contact details

Ambili Ramachandran

Person to contact Contact details

Ambili Ramachandran



Please note: Cancellation of the attendance after the reservation deadline or no show is chargeable in full. May 2014




Many people that know me –Ayşe Yücel – will know that I have a passion for cooking and good food.

Come and join us for an unforgettable Bosphorus boat trip aboard the Kaderim, where we will have the privilege of sailing between the shores of the European and Asian continents. The tour offers a delightful mix of seeing Istanbul past and present in all her splendour. During this tour we will enjoy a potluck lunch.

I want to share the wonderfuI experience I had at the Shang Palace restaurant located in the Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel with as many of you as possible. Their very special, fabulous all you can eat Dim Sum menu is offered every day from noon at a cost of 68tl (no drinks included). If you would like to experience this very special restaurant with me, I am offering to make a reservation for 15 May at midday. The restaurant has offered to give IWI members a 10% discount so the price for food will be 61tl. Tip and drinks will of course be extra. Everyone will be responsible for their own bill. The discount will only be given to IWI cardholders so please don’t forget to bring your membership card with you.

Every person in our group is asked to bring a homemade dish such as a salad, quiche, börek, a pasta or vegetable dish, a meat dish or a dessert. Drinks, water and wine will be sold on the boat. Tea and coffee is included in the price.


Friday 30 May 2014 Departure Kandili 9.30am Bebek 9.50am Tarabya 10.45am

Please join me and let’s have a great dim sum lunch together.



Thursday 15 May 2014


12 noon Shang Palace, Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel


Meeting point



61TL + drinks and tip

Minimum participants



Online: or email


Tuesday 13 May 2014

Person to contact

Ayşe Yücel

Person to contact

Contact details

Contact details

Return Tarabya 5.00pm Bebek 5.30pm Kandili 5.50pm Meet at the departure points mentioned above 35TL + 3TL (tip) in cash only, members 45TL + 3TL (tip) in cash only, non-members

Maximum participants

30 maximum, 25 minimum




Tuesday 27 May 2014 European side:Ayşe Yücel | Asian side: Petra Gönenç

Please note: Cancellation of the attendance after the reservation deadline or no show is chargeable in full.


May 2014


Turkish cooking demonstration at the Istanbul Cooking School


t was a morning of teamwork, making new friends, exchanging recipes, sharing local culinary shopping haunts and of course learning to cook some Turkish dishes at the Istanbul Cooking School. Preparing and folding the famous Turkish etli yaprak dolmas覺 (grape leaves filled with meat) tested our patience and wine leaf folding skills, but the reward was surely in tasting and sharing the delicious meal afterwards. Text and photos: Marie-Inez Botha Umultan

May 2014



Karaköy Güllüoğlu

Baklava Tour 27 IWI members had a behind-the-scenes baklava experience. IWI Board Assistant Cynthia Hadatoğlu and freelance photographer Noémie Deveaux captured the flavour of the occasion…


ur well-attended tour started in the Karaköy Güllüoğlu factory, led by the charming and informative brother and sister team, Murat and Tüba Güllü.

Their father, Nader Bey, is a 5th generation Güllü and has been a Master Baklava Maker for 43 years. His son Murat has been a Master for 11 years and he started like everyone else, washing dishes and working his way up the ladder. No woman can be a Master as it takes too much arm strength. To become a Master Baklava Maker you must have worked at least 10 years in the business, sometimes starting at 15 years of age.


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Following this fascinating information was the demonstration on what goes into the making of this amazing baklava, the 40 layers of dough rolled out by hand by master baklava makers, so thin that you can read the newspaper through it (which they so graciously demonstrated!). Forty men work to produce two tons of Baklava for one day. The best of products are used and delivered from all over Turkey to meet their specific requirements, no additives at all, rather a very high quality that encouraged us all to indulge more than we might have otherwise! While the pistachio baklava is the most well-known and loved, Karaköy Güllüoğlu is continuously developing new and innovative kinds of baklavas such as chocolate, sweetened with persimmon, gluten free, olive oil as a more heart friendly version, ‘light’ for diabetics using stevia... There is really something for everyone. Karaköy Güllüoğlu has no other factory or shop other than in Karaköy, they have decided that to keep their high standards, especially as they produce fresh for every day, to remain in this area. They deliver all over Turkey and take orders through their website: Definitely worth a visit and a taste! Thank you Ayse for organising a great program once again.

Text: Cynthia Hadatoğlu Photos: Noémie Deveaux

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Soap-making workshop

IWI members spent a wonderful morning creating fragrant, natural soaps in various designs in the workshop by Betsi Yakar. It was a fun and creative morning and each of us went back home with our own handmade soaps.


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Morcoccan cooking demonstration A group of IWI members gathered in March to discover Moroccan cooking with Houda El Haimeur. Three tasty courses were prepared‌

Lamb tagine, with caramelised prunes

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Taktouka – a hot meze made from tomato and peppers

Nougat dessert



Chinese New Year Lunch A large group of IWI members got together for the Chinese New Year lunch program at one of Istanbul’s bestknown Chinese restaurants – The Dragon, at the Hilton Hotel.




e s r o h e h t f o on the year

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EUROPA DONNA The European Breast Cancer Coalition and Europa Donna Turkey

THE TEN GOALS OF EUROPA DONNA Europa Donna Turkey activities are aligned with the ten goals of Europa Donna, with priority on advocacy and creating public awareness.

Violet Aroyo, of Europa Donna, Turkey, has contributed this article for Lale. Europa Donna is one of the charities that IWI supports through fundraising events such as the Spring Ball and the Christmas Festival. The European Breast Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organisation representing the interests of European women regarding breast cancer to local and national authorities with affiliated member groups in 46 European countries including Turkey. It works to raise awareness of breast cancer and to mobilise the support of European women in advocating for improved breast cancer education, appropriate screening, optimal treatment and care and increased funding for research. Europa Donna relies on research and guidance from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Our Breast Health Day campaign on 15 October seeks to raise awareness among women of all ages concerning lifestyle factors that impact on breast cancer risk.

1. To promote the dissemination and exchange of factual, up-to- date information on breast cancer throughout Europe 2. To promote breast awareness 3. To emphasise the need for appropriate screening and early detection 4. To campaign for the provision of optimum treatment 5. To ensure provision of quality supportive care throughout and after treatment 6. To advocate appropriate training for health professionals 7. To acknowledge good practice and promote its development 8. To demand regular quality assessment of medical equipment 9. To ensure that all women understand fully any proposed treatment options, including entry into clinical trials and their right to a second opinion 10. To promote the advancement of breast cancer research

Each year, the number of women affected by this disease increases. Evidence has shown that outcomes are better when women are diagnosed and treated in units that meet the standards of EU guidelines. For this reason Europa Donna remains committed and steadfast in its mission to ensure that all women have access to high quality breast services.

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CHARITY Make good choices for your breast health

The evidence clearly shows that lives can be saved by preventing breast cancer through healthy lifestyles and detecting it early through high-quality mammography screening. Physical activity, controlling weight and alcohol consumption, as well as choosing a healthy diet, are all associated with breast cancer risk and prevention. By being active, eating a well balanced diet and avoiding weight gain, you go a long way to look after your own breast health.

Europa Donna advocacy

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated 1.1 million new cases and 411,000 deaths every year. Evidence has shown that outcomes are better when women are diagnosed and treated in units that meet the standards of EU guidelines. For this reason Europa Donna remains committed and steadfast in its mission to ensure that all women have access to high quality breast services. Europa Donna Turkey works to raise awareness of breast cancer, particularly among high school children regarding breast health and cancer, so that they in turn can convince their mothers and other women in their families and neighborhoods, emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis, the subsequent positive impact on prognosis and the financial benefits both personal and to the state. This continued in 2013 with an IWI and Europa Donna Turkey joint project and we're planning to continue our seminars in Istanbul and other cities in Anatolia in 2014. We hope to extend our coverage throughout Turkey and reach as many women as possible, particularly in eastern Anatolia. We also support Breast Cancer Nurse speciality training in Turkey. We give our thanks to IWI for their interest in breast cancer awareness and look forward to achieving many challenging projects in 2014.

Our recommendations: Having short-term goals will help you make healthy choices a regular part of your daily life. • Increase physical activity and do it your way by picking an activity you like and one that fits into your life; find the time that works best for you. You may start slowly, doing what you can and then look for ways to do a little bit more day by day. • Many physical activities such as brisk walking, taking the stairs whenever you can, walking the dog, or getting off the bus one stop before your usual one can be easily implemented in your routine. • Don't forget to build rewards into your plan! For each goal you reach treat yourself to something special like a movie, a new book or a new CD... • Choose a healthy diet; while studies have not linked specific foods to breast cancer risk, a healthy diet can help protect your breast health. • Keep your diet balanced and healthy with fruits and vegetables you enjoy and when debating what to eat, choose the healthy options. • Watch out for your body weight, since excess body weight and physical inactivity account for 25-33% of breast cancer cases. Maintaining a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5 - 24.9 is a key lifestyle change women can choose to help reduce their breast cancer risk. • Don’t forget mammography screening. Becoming familiar with your breast and talk to your doctor without delay 
if you notice changes or abnormalities. • If you have a family history of breast cancer, arrange regular check-ups with your physician and ask your doctor about mammography screening available. Mammography is widely accepted as the best method to detect breast cancer early, before it becomes detectable to the touch. • Encourage other women you know to take charge of their own breast health through healthy lifestyle choices...

Violet Aroyo, Europa Donna Turkey For more information, please visit the Europa Donna website:


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A Touch of Spice

Finding yourself frustrated in the kitchen because you don’t have the herbs and spices you need? Want to use herbal remedies like you do back home? Come and meet a knowledgeable local herb shop owner and discover an abundance of Turkish regional herbs and spices. After reading this even your Turkish friends will be surprised by what you know!

Cardamom, known locally as kakule

Oils, lotions and potions

Dried delights


n a little known film spanning the last century and set in Istanbul, herbs and spices play an important role. They represent the continuity of history as well as the diversity that exists within cultures. After interviewing my baharatçı (spice seller), Ayhan Baloğlu, I can see why.

Born in Gaziantep, on the hot dusty plains of south-eastern Turkey, young Ayhan came to Istanbul in 1985. He started his apprenticeship in the spice trade in the wholesale district of Eminönü in 1990, learning the craft directly from his master in the traditional way. From day one, he also supplemented his knowledge by studying independently. He opened his own retail shop on the Asian side of Istanbul in Kadıköy in 2002. Called Baloğlu, literally meaning ‘son of honey’, it is tucked away on bustling Güneşlibahçe Sokak, better known as Fish Street. From his brightly lit and well laid out store, Ayhan dispenses herbs and advice in equal measure.

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FEATURES Turkish kitchen essentials We began our interview sitting on low stools at the back of the store. Slowly stirring sugar into my tea I asked him to name the ten bestselling herbs and spices. Without hesitation he listed ‘black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, pine nuts for stuffed vegetables, dried red pepper flakes, white pepper, flax seeds, black cumin and thyme.’ He explained that most Turks wouldn’t have all of these things in their kitchen all of the time but said, ‘Without a doubt you would find black pepper, dried red pepper flakes, the herbs and spices used for making plain tomato paste or the hot and spicy variety, as well as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and black cumin seeds. Mapping Turkey through herbs I’m from Australia and our diet is influenced by a multicultural population. It’s not unusual to have Thai one night and Middle Eastern the next. Consequently, Turkish kitchens appeared to offer far fewer choices than my own. I have to confess though, this isn’t because I’m such a great cook. My husband, Kim, is the one always trying out new recipes and taste sensations. My job is to go out and gather the ingredients. Kim loves to make curry from scratch and I remember being frustrated when I couldn’t locate any turmeric in our early days in Turkey. All I could find were packets of ready made curry powder at the supermarket that lacked the bite we prefer. Of course, over time I learnt I should be looking for the ingredients in a herb and spice shop. Nonetheless, I was really surprised to hear Ayhan mention turmeric, because none of my Turkish friends use it. When he told me it was mainly found in a few desserts and even then only to provide colour, I understood why I’d thought the Turkish kitchen limited. It’s not just foreigners that lack awareness of the cornucopia of herbs and spices available in Turkey. When I mentioned tarragon, called tarhun in Turkish, to seven of my Turkish

My local destination for herbs and spices

female friends, I had to repeat the word several times before they were satisfied I had the pronunciation right. Finally, all but one admitted they’d never heard of it. The one who had was the daughter of an army musician. Her childhood had been spent moving to a new place in Turkey every few years, so she had had more exposure to everything Turkey has to offer than the average Turk. When I told Ayhan he laughed, and replied, ‘Of course they don’t know about it. Tarragon comes from the south east of Turkey. It’s a characteristic of the Gaziantep kitchen and is only used there. It isn’t a herb that’s known about in a lot of regions in Turkey. In Gaziantep it’s used in soup or in a particular type of köfte, actually in a lot of meatballs. However only those who know about tarragon use it. Outside of that it’s only known to a few people through word of mouth or from the people who come to the city and transport it to other places.’

Herbs and spices for every need


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He went on to explain that the range of herbs in Turkey is considerable, but their use and availability are often limited to the region they come from. One example is the group of herbs and greens belonging to the Mediterranean and the Aegean regions. There, green basil, sweet purple basil, wild greens, onions, garlic and vegetables from these vegetable families are used in particular ways that are quite specific to those areas. Not just a shopkeeper I asked Ayhan whether he would describe himself as a shop owner or as an aktar, an alternative word to baharatçı, meaning healer. He unhesitatingly responded aktar and declared, ‘Herbs are extremely useful I believe, because the pharmacological source of medicines is herbs. There are herbs in them.’ He added ‘If we want to know what herbs we can use from the environment, which ones are the most beneficial, we should know which products we should use and how to use them so we won’t be ill. I think people wouldn’t even go to the doctor if they knew about herbal medicines but I don’t think many people think the same way. In my opinion the first cause of illness is stress and the second is a diet high in sugar. People with high blood sugar don’t look very well and their health is now being destroyed by fast food. It is very damaging… their health deteriorates very slowly over time as they age. I am very rarely ill, I always look after myself and do what is beneficial for my health and well being.’

Herbs and spices allspice


basil (green, common)


basil (sweet, purple)



defne yaprağı



chilli (dried pepper flakes)

pul biber

chilli (sweet)

tatlı biber

chilli (ground)

kırmızı biber

cinnamon (stick)

tarçin (çubuk)





cumin (black)


flax (cotton) seeds

keten tohumu








küçük hindistancevizi/muskat





pine nuts

dolmalık fıstık













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The ever-smiling Ayhan Baloğlu

Thoughts on the future It is clear Ayhan feels strongly about the benefits of herbal medicines, but admits general knowledge about the wealth of herbs available in Turkey is still quite narrow. He is optimistic that this is changing as communication about the existence and usefulness of regional herbs is beginning to spread. ‘People are starting to use herbal remedies more and to ask what is this, what is that, and similar questions. In the last few decades for example, fresh ginger has been introduced to Turkey. Perhaps in Europe and America people have used ginger for many years but here it is more recent. In addition, people are becoming inspired to go to specialists or overseas for new health remedies. He has a word of warning however, about the rising popularity of different forms of alternative medicines. He is concerned that when people hear about them from others, the information they receive could be wrong. In particular, he mentioned dosage and advised people to do a test before taking a remedy, to see how they will react.‘I believe people need to read up on the subject and to educate themselves more.’ he told me. ‘Treatments should be based on good education and thorough research.’ These are wise words indeed from someone who has always practised what he preaches. Ayhan is a font of knowledge about herbs and health. Do yourself a favour and visit his shop next time you’re in Kadıköy. Like many Turks, Ayhan understands more English than he can speak, but he is always happy to help.

WRITER: LISA MORROW Lisa Morrow has published an essay collection called Inside Out In Istanbul, writes a blog of the same name and has had articles published on Australia’s ABC Drum Media website. Both the Australian ABC and Austereo radio stations have interviewed her and she has a monthly spot on San Francisco Turkish Radio. She is currently working on new stories about Turkey and lives on the Asian side of Istanbul.



Spring has sprung!

Getting back to nature in Istanbul is not always as easy as one might like and although the city has wonderful parks, true nature often seems remote when immersed in a city of 20 million people. Louise Pye helps us find a breath fresh air and embrace the springtime spirit.

Belgrade forest


nly 15km from Istanbul, however, is the 5,500 hectare Belgrade forest (named after the siege of Belgrade) which in Ottoman times was used by royalty as a hunting ground and a water supply. 500 years ago the Ottomans built aqueducts through the forest to channel water to various reservoirs in Sultanahmet, including the most impressive underground Basilica Cistern, that can still be visited today. The aqueducts remain largely intact today and a visit to the forest is not complete without a walk along one of them – a marvel in Ottoman architecture and engineering. 7 impressive dams that were built by the Ottomans remain in use and supply 25 million cubic metres of water to Istanbul each year.

The forest is not only a water supply and green lung for Istanbul; it is also a wonderful recreational area for everyone be they dog walkers, cyclists, picnickers or runners. Walkers and runners may be especially pleased to know that there is a 6.5km jogging track in the forest that has exercise equipment stationed along the way for public use. The Istanbul Hash House Harriers often run this trail on weekends.


Atatürk Arboretum Belgrade forest also contains the Atatürk Arboretum which I had long wished to visit. So it was that with the early springlike weather this year I was filled with inspiration and set off on a late February morning with a friend and a camera to explore! The arboretum is located south east of and adjacent to Belgrade Forest. It was established on the initiative of the late Professor Dr. Hayrettin Kaycik in 1949 and initially comprised 38 hectares. Today, it extends to 296 hectares and contains 2,000 different plant species including a large collection from various places all over the world. It is managed by the Istanbul Regional Forest Directorate in collaboration with the faculty of Forestry, University of Istanbul. It provides an important research resource for university students and a place of relaxation and peace outside of hurly-burly Istanbul for all her citizens. On first entering the Arboretum I was struck by how beautifully designed it is with carefully thought out paved trails leading off from the central fountain in a fan-like design. Just after the entrance there are two lakes with some planting of native and non-native plant species and the sight of nodding daffodils, purple and white magnolia flowers and fresh green leaves on the willow certainly made me smile. So too did the many ducks and geese as well as the swans whose clamour was the only noise to break the peaceful silence. As you progress away from the lake and walk up the sometimes steep paths you begin to appreciate the true nature of this arboretum – it defines itself as a living museum of indigenous and exotic trees, shrubs and woody plant May 2014

species and that is certainly what it is. The park struck me less as a botanic garden than I had anticipated – the impression on the trails is that of being in a woodland rather than a structured garden – the trees grow densely together in what appears to be a haphazard way and there is bird song, leaf mould, moss and clover in abundance. It is a wonderful place to lose yourself and to take a long energetic walk or just a gentle stroll. Combine a trip to the arboretum with a picnic in Belgrade forest followed by a walk along the aqueducts for a really different day out. If picnics are not your thing, nearby Göktürk has a wealth of excellent cafes and restaurants.

TULIPS AND TURKEY Tulips are commonly associated with Holland, so it often comes as a surprise when people first find out that they were first cultivated and loved in Central Asia and Turkey. The first wild tulips were small and red and able to withstand the harsh, cold winters in mountainous areas in this region. They were probably first traded and spread by nomadic tribes travelling through the Ottoman Empire. The annual tulip festival at Emirgan park

Tulips were first prized by the Turks, who believed they represented the perfection inherent in all God’s creations. The word lale (tulip) and Allah contain many of the same symbols and the botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word ‘tulbend‘ or ’turban‘ which the flower resembles. It is thought of as the king of bulbs.

Early signs of spring at the Atatürk Arboretum

Getting there and away The access points to the Belgrade Forest picnic spots and the Ataturk Arboretum are on the Büyükdere-Kemerburgaz road , between Kemerburgaz and Sariyer. Getting to the Arboretum is easy by car or with public transport – buses go direct from Sariyer, Taksim and 4 Levent to Bahçeköy. The entrance fee is 4 TL for adults and 2TL for students and children during weekdays. On weekends the price goes up to TL10 for adults and TL5 for students and children. Unfortunately pets, games, cycling and picnicking are not allowed in the arboretum and there is no café on site. Access to the Belgrade Forest and the running track is free.

Interesting architectural water fountain in the gardens

Turkish emperors and aristocrats enjoyed tulips immensely. They planted them by the hundreds in elaborate gardens. This was especially evident during the reign of Sultan Ahmed III between 1718 and 1730 – known as the Tulip Era. The Tulip Era was a period of calm and prosperity in Turkey during which there was an emphasis on all things cultured, educational and refined. Ahmed III was a lover of tulips and they were displayed in abundance in his elaborate palace gardens. This quickly resulted in tulips appearing in paintings, carpets, tiles, textiles and clothing. The trend continues to this day – remember the tulip every time you drink a glass of Turkish çay from a tulip-shaped glass or buy a bowl or plate decorated with stylised tulip motifs. Tulips first came to Europe when a Viennesse Ambassador to Turkey was given a gift of tulip bulbs by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1554. Some of these exports were presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and the rest to Imperial botanist Carolus Clusius for the botanic gardens in Vienna. Clusius began propogating tulips and sending them to botanists all over the world. In 1593 Clusius became the professor of botany at Leiden University, in Holland. He took his tulip bulbs and seeds with him when he moved there. Whilst in Holland many of Clusius’ bulbs were stolen from him in repeated attacks. They were sold on to feed the tulip mania that began sweeping Europe, and so the tulip was spread. Tulips have remained popular ever since and to this day, Clusius is known as the Father of the Tulip.

WRITER: LOUISE PYE Louise Pye is an English as a second language teacher and freelance writer who has recently taken on the role of features editor for Lale magazine. She is passionate about travel and exploring new cultures and places. She lives in Istanbul and is enjoying her Turkish adventure with her husband and two children. For suggestions on features you would like to see in Lale in future, email Louise at




Tour: Beykoz

Nestled between the Bosphorus and ancient Ottoman hunting grounds, Beykoz is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Between the mists at the top of a windy, steep and newly renovated (thankfully) staircase, I found Chien Fang, a lovely transplant and new mom from Brunei via Singapore. She cheerfully escorted me through the parks and docks of this little haven, pointing out favourite places and maintaining a sense of humour throughout the afternoon.

The rooftop at Beytaş restaurant in Necmettin Erbakan Kültür Merkezi provides brilliant dining and views.

By land or by boat, there are several ways to reach Beykoz Merkez. I chose the bus to begin with to save on time, and went home by ferry. From Mecidiyeköy, you can catch the 121A bus for a relaxing, windy journey into forested land. The slightest distance can make a journey into an adventure, and there is plenty to be seen from the bus. On the way home, we took bus 15BK (or catch the 15F) to Kadıköy. There we caught the ferry to Eminönü. Coming from the desert, I swoon for water transit, and the ferry brought breathtaking views of the Old City skyline, encapsulating precisely what Istanbul conjures, swarming seagulls and all! From the bus station, we walked to Chien Fang’s house. Elections have brought a lot of renovation to the area, and the steep staircase we climbed was a benefit of one of the projects. It’s a quiet, serene area, and blossoming trees reach across your path. Minarets beckoned to us from across the hills: this isn’t the chaotic Istanbul I live in; here development has left many of the trees and grasses unscathed. She gracefully escorted us down the staircase and led us to Ortaçeşme. Immediately after our descent, we landed in Çayır Park, a vast green space with a 940m jogging track that is free for all sorts of activities. On Saturdays, there is a bazaar next to the park, most excellent for grocery shopping.

Situated along the coast of the Bosphorus, Yalıköy has ‘docks’ open for swimming in the summer. For the fish lover, Balıkev’s are ubiquitous. On the way home, we stopped for a balık ekmek and found it tastier than those famed at Eminönü! The views are spectacular, and there are plenty of benches to take in the moment. We found our way to Beykoz Merkez, the centre of Beykoz. It has an old Mediterranean village feel, with cobblestone streets to get lost down and sprinklings of old shops. The big ferries run from Beykoz down the Bosphorus in the morning and back up in the evenings. It is the most hassle-free and relaxing way to get around Istanbul. Alternatively, there are the small ferries that run to Yeniköy, Sarıyer every twenty minutes. Just above the coastline is Beykoz Korusu, where is imperative in April and May to see the tulips in bloom. The tulip festival brings the grounds to life with incredible colours. Here is a gorgeous, open space, with towering walnut trees, fresh air, and pleasant wooded paths at every turn. Even in the throes of winter, it was hard to deny how captivating the area is. There are two cafés in the park, excellent places to ruminate on the pleasant day. It wasn’t difficult to understand what drew Chien Fang to settle in Beykoz, but I was still burning with curiosity!

Though not visible from the park, nearby is a tomb dedicated to St Joshua and beyond that, Yoros Castle. This area holds a quieter history than that of the Old City in Istanbul: even the air is suspended in the tranquility the Ottomans found. We wandered forward, following the park path exactly, to Yalıköy.


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A full dock in Yalıköy

Where is your neighbourhood located?

Beykoz is at the northern end of the Bosphorus, on the Anatolian side. It’s quite a distance from the congestion of the city. The distance can be staggering, but it’s perfect as a getaway. Beykoz Merkez is as the name suggests, the centre of Beykoz, along the Bosphorus coast with Yalıköy and Ortaçeşme slightly further up.

What do you love most?

The serenity, the green, the ease of being outdoors, parks… and the Bosphorus are great for family get-togethers, jogging and picnics. Plus the slopes and stairs keep you in great shape. The neighbourhood is peaceful, and you can build relationships really easily. At night, the area is devoid of any light pollution, making it possible to look up and gaze at the stars.

The paths along Çayır Caddesi are perfect for evening promenades

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Can you tell me about the history and demographics of the neighbourhood? In the Ottoman period, the land behind Beykoz was used as hunting ground and a respite for the Sultans and their court. Beykoz comes from Bey, meaning prince, lord or gentleman. Koz stems from the Persian for village, also a type of walnut. Walnut trees are everywhere in this area, some of whose ancient roots still thrive. A large number of fountains dot the area and they all remain intact in perfectly ornate glory.

This is not the place for nightlife, but it has its own rewards. There is a great mix of old and young, and because of the oldfashioned neighbourhood feel, everyone is really friendly and helpful. A few years ago, access to education and adequate infrastructure was a problem, but those are in the past. Now, there are many schools and the area is being modernised with an enclosed bazaar area, sport centres and other facilities planned for the near future.

Bazaar goods!


FEATURES What is totally unique about the neighbourhood?

My husband and I chose to start our family here as it is one of the greenest parts of Istanbul. I like it that there are no towering buildings to overwhelm us after a long day away. It makes coming back home truly comfortable. One of our guests said that it feels like staying in a hillside resort.

What are some of your favourite cafes, restaurants, shops and services?

I love the Beytaş restaurant on the Necmettin Erbakan Kültür Merkezi rooftop. The Italian-styled pasta and salads have a slight Turkish flavour to them as fresh local ingredients are part of the recipe. During weekdays, the restaurant is very quiet, and we sometimes have the whole place to ourselves. The outdoor terrace provides a terrific view of the Bosphorus. At the Korusu, the IBB Sosyal Tesisleri restaurant is beautiful at night, especially when the weather is good. You can sit outside, and enjoy the sunset and night view of the Bosphorus in a quiet wooded area. You can also find Dilruba Café at the Korusu, for a more outdoor feel with seats spread across a large fountain area. It’s spacious, so it doesn’t feel crowded and you have a nice sense of privacy. It’s especially pleasant in the autumn when there are less crowds and it’s cooler. Behind Dilruba, there is a nice path leading into the wooded area that is perfect for a walk before or after the meal. I’ve come to have a great relationship with our photographer Huseyin, along Çayır Caddessi. He took my wedding portrait, pregnancy photos, and my newborn baby’s passport photos. The neighbourhood is so closely knitted that I even see him helping out at my favourite bread shop Baltacı sometimes.

Tranquil strolls lead to docile squares on a warm spring afternoon.

One of the many ancient walnut trees that grace the area

Are there any other services or activities available in the neighbourhood?

The Necmettin Erbakan Kültür Merkezi has concerts, plays and activities for children and adults alike. Cayır Caddesi’s huge open green with its 940m circular running path allows people gather there for kite-flying, football, cycling, brisk walks, and jogging all at the same time. I have not seen any other open space like that in Istanbul.

The Beykoz version of a traffic jam…

Do you have an insider tip?

There is no need to avoid weekends because it is never too crowded. Going by foot in good walking shoes is the best way to explore the area. As this is not a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, day-trippers can make an effort to speak to the locals. Whether they speak in English or Turkish, there will be surprises from shopkeepers who can speak fluent English or excited Turks who will make every effort to communicate and are friendly.

WRITER: KATHERINE DAVEY Katherine Davey is from New Mexico, in the US. After many years studying on the road, she has settled in Istanbul to expand her rural roots for the epitome of urbanity. She is currently studying Turkish intensively, both linguistically and culinary. IWI has given her the opportunity to further her view of Istanbul and learn about the ancient city from all perspectives.


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HIDRELLEZ Spring Festival

In Turkey and the Turkic world – including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan – spring is heralded with one of the most important festivals: Hidrellez. Hidrellez is an ancient celebration that has been celebrated throughout history in regions including Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Central Asia, Iraq and Syria. Hidrellez starts on the evening of 5 May and continues on 6 May. It is believed to be the start of the spring or summer and the rebirth and revival of nature. It is a time for hope, health, prosperity and happiness.


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Ancient beliefs

The name Hidrellez refers to the prophets Hizir (Al-Khidr) and Ilyas (Elijas). Hizir is believed to have attained immortality by drinking the water of life. He is seen as a source of health, generosity and fertility. He wanders on earth during spring time and helps people. Ilyas is a deity who is believed to bring rain to the earth. According to ancient beliefs, these two prophets wander the earth throughout the year and meet on the 6 May. Through this meeting it is believed that all wishes and prayers come true.


Many different special preparations are made for the Hidrellez celebrations such as cleaning the house, tidying the garden, washing the garments and dresses, shopping for the feast and preparing special food. In some regions, some people fast the day before Hidrellez.

Eating the first lamb of the season is believed to bring prosperity and health. Collecting herbs and flowers, boiling them and drinking the water is believed to cure illness. If you wash yourself with this water for 40 days , it is believed to bring vitality and rejuvination.

The future:

Another ritual is the ‘’Play of a Wish’’. On the eve of Hidrellez girls and women seeking luck and good fortune gather together in the evening. They fill a pot with water from a pitcher and then they put their rings, bracelets, earrings and herbs like mint, basil etc. into the pot and cover it with a cotton cloth called ’Tulbent’. The top of the pot is covered and locked. Then the pot is placed under a rose tree for one night. The next day, women bring the pot into the middle of the circle of the crowd, open the lock and take off the cover and start drawing out each item. While each item is drawn out they recite Turkish poems, rhymes (mani) and folk songs. Each poem, rhyme and folk song is accepted to be the fate of the person whose item has been drawn out. The poems, songs and rhymes speak of joy, hope, goodness, love, tenderness and prosperity. In the morning of Hidrellez people make a wish and then raise three stones. If they find a worm under one then they will have a new house, if they find an insect under it they will get a new thing and if it is empty then nothing will happen.

On the day of Hidrellez…

On the day of Hidrellez it is forbidden to do any cleaning or cooking. Hidrellez is the day of celebration, eating and rituals. It is believed that if you vacuum or sweep on this day then you will find yourself dealing with lots of problematic issues. Knitting or sewing is not allowed because if you do, it is believed that bad things will happen that year. If you stay home on Hidrellez then you will miss the chance of the abundance and the prosperity that Hidrellez will bring. It is believed that if you wake up early on the day of Hidrellez and open your doors and windows before sunrise, then Hidrellez will be able to come in. It is also advisable to give to your neighbors seven types of kickshaw (nuts). Hidrellez ceremonies are held outside, in the countryside near rivers, lakes, natural springs and in green areas. In some places there are special shrines that are called ‘Hidirlik’. These are open for visits during Hidrellez and celebrations are sometimes held there. It is believed that all wishes and prayers come true on the eve and the day of Hidrellez.

Hidrellez traditions

There are many different rituals and activities used to celebrate Hidrellez. Here are some of them:


The day before Hidrellez, bread is baked and on the day of Hidrellez that bread is put on the table whole, without slicing or cutting it. This symbolizes the wholeness and unity of the family. People also cook special food which usually includes lamb and lamb kidneys and some other special ingredients.


Hidrellez is also seen as an opportunity for young men and women to meet and find a suitable match. Young women who want to get married make a miniature bride and hang it on a rose tree. At the same time they eat salty food and do not drink water before they go to sleep. If the woman dreams of a man giving her water from a golden cup then she will get married to him. Those who are late in getting married ask someone who they trust and who has a good marriage to open a lock over their head.


Swimming in the river or washing the face, feet or body in water is a sign of bringing good health. For women who want to fall pregnant, it is believed that if they pray to Hidrellez on the night of 5 May and then place a miniature baby that is made of cloth under a rose tree, they will get pregnant that year. The Fire of Hidrellez is lit on the 5 May and should be kept alive until the end of 6 May. It is made using bushes and old cloths. As long as the fire is lit then whoever wants to can jump over it three times. Jumping over the fire while making wishes and saying prayers is believed to be cleanse you of bad spirits.

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It is believed that all wishes and prayers come true on the eve and the day of Hidrellez. If one wishes for a car, a house, a better job or money they make a model/miniature of it, or draw it or write it on a piece of paper. They tie their wish to a shrub or hang it on the branch of a rose tree or put it under the rose tree in their garden or yard. If there is no rose tree around they hang it on a very well rooted green tree or under it. Early in the morning and before day break, with the morning prayer ’ezan’, these wishes and prayers are collected and thrown into a river or the sea. To find out if they will be lucky, some people place a pot filled with milk in front of the door of their house. If the milk has turned to yoghurt by the morning then they believe that Hidrellez has passed by and that the year will be a lucky and prosperous one for them. People keep their food pots, warehouses and wallets open during Hidrellez as they believe that when Hidrellez passes by, they will be nourished and the year will be prosperous. Why not try your luck? Tie a coin or money to a red ribbon and tie the ribbon to a rose tree. Early in the morning collect the money and carry it in your wallet. It is believed this will bring money and prosperity. Have fun this spring with celebrating Hidrellez and making your wishes!

WRITER: SOUZAN BACHIR Souzan Bachir, MBA, PCC, ORSCC, is a professional certified executive, cross-culture, team and relationship consultant and coach. She is passionate about making leadership and selfdevelopment programs available to all. Her wisdom, positivity and clarity make a positive impact on people she works with. Combining 15 years experience in international business with coaching and leadership training, Souzan designs and delivers transformational leadership programs and self-development workshops. Find out more at


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There are new developments in cervical cancer screening programs

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4 Questions Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. In our country it is placed 9th among cancers in women, and every year approximately 1500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer (cancer of the uterine cervix). Associate Professor Korhan Kahraman, Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist from Atakent Acıbadem Hospital, tells us all the details, from routes of transmission to symptoms, from diagnosis and management to changes in screening methods, that need to be known about cervical cancer.


What are the causes of cervical cancer, and which women are under greater risk? The cervical infection caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most significant cause of cervical cancer. Because HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, it is directly related to the sexual lifestyle. The risk of HPV infection and the related disorders are increased in individuals who have had sexual intercourse at an early age (before age 21), who have multiple partners or intercourse with high risk carrier males (multiple partners). Some of the other risk factors reported for cervical cancer are multiple births (more than 3), smoking, other infections of the cervix, a deficiency in the immune system against microorganisms, a low socioeconomic status, use of oral contraceptives from an early age and for a long period of time.


When should women suspect cervical cancer? Most cervical cancers do not cause any symptoms during the early phase, when they do the most common complaint is vaginal bleeding. This bleeding may be in the form of spotting that is seen outside the menstrual periods of women, or more typically it may be bloody staining that is noticed during or immediately after intercourse. It should be remembered also that although the emergence of bleeding in women after menopause is more often related to cancers arising from the inner lining of the uterus, cervical cancer may also be a cause. When the cancer invades the neighboring structures in advanced stage, the patients may experience difficulties in the passage of urine or stool, leg pain, or accumulation of fluids in the legs.


Can mothers be treated for cancer of the cervix give birth? A significant difference of cervical cancers from other gynecologic cancers is the occurrence of this cancer more commonly in women in reproductive age. Therefore the selection of treatment carries a special significance for patients in this age group who also wish to have children. In patients in this age group it is possible only to remove the cervix and the lymph nodes and preserve the main body of the uterus, thereby making childbirth possible. However, in order to make such an opeation a meticulous evaluation before the operation is needed to determine whether the patient fulfills the criteria. Thanks to the operations in this appropriate age group, many women can both be relieved from the illness and also have children.

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HPV TEST IS RECOMMENDED IN ADDITION TO SMEAR TEST All women should join cervical cancer screening programs after age 21. Although there are various screening programs today, guiding foundations such as American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Cancer Society recently published reports that included their current recommendations. According to these guides; “Women between 21-29 years of age should be scanned with a smear test every 3 years, women aged 30 or above should be scanned every 5 years with the double test that includes smear test and HPV test.” On the other hand, it is stated that when the HPV test cannot be performed, scanning with only a smear every 3 years is also an acceptable approach. These screening intervals reported above can differ when there is a pathologic smear result (abnormal smear). Screening is recommended to continue until age 65-70. There is not yet an official change in the cervical cancer screening program in our country, annual screening with smear continues. We tell all women not to neglect their annual gynecologic examinations and to undergo regular smear tests.


How are cervical cancers treated? There are 2 main methods in the treatment. The first is surgical treatment. Although it may show some variations, the standart surgical method in the early stage includes removal of the uterus together with neighboring tissues possibly affected by spread of the cancer and the lymph nodes. Following the operation beam treatment (radiotherapy), either alone or together with chemotherapy may need to be applied in some of these patients. The other treatment method is treatment of the patient with radiotherapy and concomitant chemoterapy, and without surgery. The treatment option where radiotherapy is given as the major method is applied to patients with advanced disease who cannot undergo surgery. +90 0216 544 46 64





On the bicycle path near Bostancı

This magnificent city of Istanbul is supposed not to be a cyclist’s paradise but if you look a bit closer, there are some secret corners and nice routes that can easily be cycled.

Which are the best routes in Istanbul and why? Kadıköy to Pendik or Tuzla

First and foremost, one should mention the bicycle path from Kadıköy to Pendik on the Asian side. This 25km long path, almost totally flat and mostly traffic-free, runs along the sea, with a view of the Princes Islands. If you want to make it a little longer, you can ride all the way to Tuzla. After a break to sample Tuzla’s famous köfte, you can visit the Darıca Zoo and the old castle of Eskihisar.

The writer takes a break from cycling along the Asian side of the Bosphorus


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Up the Bosphorus from Üsküdar Again on the Asian side, you can take a ride starting from Üsküdar, on the Bosphorus, to the green areas in the north. Go for a barbecue in Polonezköy, for a nice swim at Riva, or visit the Glass Factory (Cam Ocağı) at Cumhuriyet Köyü. Starting on a Saturday morning, you can treat yourself to a mini two-day vacation by arranging to stay overnight and return on Sunday evening. This route is a bit more demanding though, since there are some climbs to overcome. Take a good map with you and try to avoid the main road going to Şile. Choose the small, less frequented roads and immerse yourself in the surrounding nature.

To the Black Sea on the European side

Routes outside of Istanbul

There are so many beautiful places to cycle in Turkey apart from Istanbul that it is impossible to count them all! Based on your budget and timeplan you can decide for any corner of the country.


Let’s begin from someplace not so far from Istanbul, going towards Thrace: continuing from Rumeli Feneri, you can choose to pedal all the way to İğneada following the southern coast of the Black Sea, nearly on the Bulgarian border or from the south of Thrace, among the vineyards over Mürefte, and Şarköy. You will maybe want to visit the historic cities of Kırklareli (old Saranda Ekklissies = Forty Churches, none left today...) or Edirne (old Hadrianoupolis = City of Hadrian), for a time the Ottoman Imperial Capital, before Istanbul, and summer hunting residence of the Sultans thereafter. Or maybe go towards the Gulf of Saros to relax near the sea. Thrace being only slightly hilly is ideal for beginners. Needless to say, you should not miss the opportunity to sample and taste the four famous products of this region: wine, rakı, Kaşar cheese and, of course, köfte!

From Yalova or Mudanya

Cycling the Bosphorus – European side

You can follow a similar course on the European side of the Bosphorus, by pedalling towards the north, up to Rumeli Feneri at the entrance of the Black Sea. After a tea or lunch stop there, you can ride further along the Black Sea coast, especially if you choose to make it a two-day tour again. This being a quite popular destination, during the summer months you can easily find small hotels or pensions to stay.

Cycling the Old City

One should also not forget the Old City. On a tour around the Golden Horn (Haliç) you can explore hidden bazaars and old neighbourhoods with wooden houses at Fener and Balat, see Islam’s fourth holiest place in Eyüp, climb through the tranquil, old cemeteries to the Pierre Loti café, see the restored dervishes’ lodge (Tekke) at Tekke Parkı and visit the confluence of the two rivers coming into the Golden Horn, at what used to be called the ‘Sweet Waters of Europe’. Crossing onto the north side of Haliç, you can visit the Koç Technical Museum. From there to Karaköy though, there are again two climbs to overcome and traffic can be intense.

Sirkeci to Küçükçekmece

Another path along the sea will take you from Sirkeci Station, the old terminus of the legendary Orient Express, all the way to the old Greek neighbourhoods of Florya, Samatya and evetually to Küçükçekmece. Points of interest include the old sea walls, Small Hagia Sophia (Küçük Ayasofya Cami), the fish market at Yenikapı, the Yedi Kule (Seven Towers Castle), old Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches, Atatürk’s summer swimming kiosk (Atatürk Deniz Köşkü) at Florya, the Air Force Museum (Havacılık Müzesi) at Ayios Stefanos/ Yeşilköy and the bridge of Mimar Sinan at the entrance of Küçükçekmece. There are plenty of opportunities for tea or coffee stops along the sea and the path is all flat.

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If, on the other hand, you do no want to pedal in the traffic in order to leave the Istanbul Metropolitan Area, you can always hop on a ferry, either from Yenikapı on the European side, or from Pendik on the Asian side and find yourself effortlessly transported in two hours at most into the heart of nature, either in Yalova or Mudanya. From the latter you can easily visit the Kapıdağ peninsula with its beautiful beaches and plenty of camping and hotel opportunities, or delve into the history of the mübadele (population exchange) of 1924 when going through the villages around Mudanya. A little further on from Mudanya is the lake of Uluabat, interesting for birdwatching, and of course İznik, famous for its glazed blue tiles. Those tours are a bit more demanding, since there are again some climbs – with the associated magnificent vistas though!

Goköva Gulf

A bit further out, one tour we cannot highly enough recommend is the Goköva Gulf. With the innumerable small gulfs to swim, in crystal clear waters, many opportunities to try natural herbal teas in small village cafés, traditional handicraft, the house of poet Can Yücel in Datça and so much more, this tour is ideal for a cycling holiday. Starting from Muğla it takes you over Akyaka, Ören, Bodrum and Datça to finish in Marmaris. If you have time, you can continue and cycle from Köyceğiz to Fethiye. You can do this by yourself, or alternatively, for a very small fee, take part in the organised and supported tour (luggage on a van, accomodation and food taken care of), each year courtesy of the Municipality of Muğla and the local Enviroment Preservation Association (Enverçevko). The fun factor on this tour, year after year, is a clear 10 out of 10! If you have not previously been on a multi-day tour, this is the best introduction for the whole family. Do not be intimitated by the uphill parts, you will not be left helpless behind!



Near Burdur


Another extremelly interesting and beautiful area we can recommend, also quite flat and easy, is the Lakes’ area around Burdur. If you have not yet seen the flamingos, the rose gardens and rosewater factories and the exoticallycoloured Salda lake, it is now time you hop on your bicycle and take off to the beautiful outdoors.

DEALING WITH THE TRAFFIC Just be patient and nonchalant about Turkish male drivers. Don’t take it for granted that they see you. Even if they do, they will not really care! Once you have accepted this fact, you can flow with the traffic and even enjoy cycling.

WRITER: SEÇIL ÖZNUR YAKAN Seçil has been living in this magnificent city for more than 25 years. Having too long worked as a mechanical engineer for multinational companies, Seçil has at last realised her dream of being independent. Together with her partner and her husband, she runs the “Bisiklet Gezgini” bicycle travel shop. In her yearly two-month vacation (one of the perks of being independent!), she rides around the world on her bicycle, Mavi. www.


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A growing array of mobile apps promise at-your-fingertips help with sightseeing, getting around, A growing array of mo communicating with locals and finding the best eats. Annecca Smith gives some of them a test-drive communicating with lo It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in Istanbul for years or are simply passing through – the city always has one more secret gem or hidden attraction you haven’t yet discovered. While traditional guidebooks struggle to stay up-to-date with the city’s numerous facets, many Istanbul-centric smartphone apps are now gaining in popularity. Some allow users to brush up on basic Turkish vocab at home or test their skills ordering çay in a local café, while others point the way to spectacular eating experiences, both in restaurants and out on the street. Still others aim to take the mystery out of Istanbul’s mammoth public transportation system, so you can avoid getting on the wrong bus when trying to go from your latest great meal to the next item on your sightseeing checklist.


The mobile version of popular multilingual online dictionary SesliSözlük (; free) features more than 5 million entries, audio pronunciation of words and language-learning games. The content includes not only individual bits of vocabulary but also some basic phrases you’re likely to encounter in everyday situations. Although SesliSözlük functions both online and offline, the online version offers more features, including a thesaurus of sorts and some slang usages of words (argo). Buttons at the top of the screen allow you to explore images and etymology, and to add key words to a “favorites” tab. In the “settings” tab, you can select other languages, from Chinese to Finnish. Once you’ve added favorites, all online content is saved and accessible offline, so consider planning ahead a bit and selecting some words or phrases you think you’ll need during your time away from the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot.

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mong a dozen aged sheep and goat’s cheeses offered at breakfast at the Adahan Hotel, there’s Antioch herbed cheese, ochre, crumbly and spicy, with a taste to die for. It’s part of the hotel’s ecological approach, which runs from the painstaking restoration of a 19th-century apartment block to mattresses of cotton, wool and silk, floors of pale Turkish oak and lampshades of hand-made paper. When the architect Sedat Aklan embarked on his $5 million, five-year renovation of the Adahan, just a stone’s throw from the top Tünel and Şişahane stations, the bottom floors were filled with trash. The original ventilation holes were cleared out; concrete overlay was removed to reveal fragments of the original painted interiors. The goal, Aklan says, was restoration not reconstruction. The biggest attraction, aside from its huge, lofty rooms, is the roof terrace, with sweeping views across the Golden Horn. Visitors should also appreciate its green philosophy, from rainwater collection systems to the simple limewash on the walls. The building was commissioned in



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Eating more vegetables is the single most important dietary change you can make to reduce the risk of major chronic diseases. Nutritional therapist Marlene Bronte introduces us to a ‘super seven’ – vegetable super foods that can be found in any pazar, or most large supermarkets in Istanbul. All plant based foods and vegetables have their own unique ‘super-ness’ but these seven deserve some special attention for their outstanding qualities. Some of you may already be familiar with – others may be completely new to you. Try including at least one of these seven super vegetables at your dining table every week. Artichokes / Enginar

Avocados / Avokado

Celeriac / Kereviz

Artichokes have a high content of fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other essential minerals that are vital for our good health, which is what makes them a super food.

Avocados are found in Macro and Migros as well as other supermarkets across the city. Shh... with their one large seed in the middle, they are technically fruit!

There are artichoke sellers on the side of the road in Istanbul (which is very convenient) but if you do not find one of those artichoke sellers then you can find artichokes in most fresh produce sections of larger supermarkets as well as in the local street markets. Often you can find the artichoke heart already fully prepared for you so you dont have to learn how to peel them. For artichoke heart preparation, you can just boil them with some lemon juice until tender and then use in salads, dips, olive oil dishes and casseroles.

In an avocado there are B vitamins along with vitamin K and vitamin E. B vitamins help your body's metabolism and its maintenance of a healthy skin tone, while vitamin K plays a fundamental role in making sure that your bones grow properly and that your bone density is maintained in later life. Vitamin E is necessary to avoid conditions like retinopathy. Avocado is also considered an excellent source of folate, providing 23% per 1 cup serving, as well as health-promoting carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein.

Celeriac can be found in local street markets and is often seen in the supermarkets, especially at this time of the year. They provide high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium and manganese. Phosphorus is required for cell metabolism, bones and teeth. Copper helps restore immunity, prevents anemia, and is required for bone metabolism among other health benefits.

Specifically, artichokes are useful for promoting liver health, particularly among those who drink alcohol heavily or otherwise have compromised liver function. So after over-indulging you might want to cook up a batch. In addition, artichokes are thought to improve gall secretions, lower blood sugar, and improve digestion. They also are known to help stave off arteriosclerosis, gout, and migraine headaches. Is there anything this green spiky super vegetable can’t do? ‘Amazing artichokes’ is what they should be called.


Avocados have amazing antiinflammatory properties, and can also protect against liver damage. You can eat an avocado everyday in your salads, smoothies, as a sandwich filler or a yummy guacamole dip.

Celeriac actually provides a lot of vitamin K, and eating 100g provides about 41 µg or 34% of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin K helps increase bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. In addition to these nutrients, celeriac is an excellent source of dietary fibre, which is important for digestive health and can help you feel satiated for longer. This super root vegetable is worth a try if you have never used it before. Celeriac is used just like other root vegetables and can be substituted for white potatoes as a healthier option. Try it raw in salads and coleslaw or cooked, boiled, mashed or roasted. Use it in soups, sauces, pies, casseroles... it imparts a delicate celery flavour.

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Chicory Hindiba Frenk Salatası Radika Endiv Chicory is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Not only is it a great nutrient source, but its medicinal benefits are varied and numerous. Its greens and roots contain many compounds that may help improve health conditions like heart disease and osteoarthritis. One of the primary benefits of chicory is its status as a nutritional powerhouse. One cup (29g) of chicory greens contains 108% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin K, a nutrient important for healthy blood and bone. Chicory greens contain onethird of the RDA for vitamin A, which is important for healthy vision and skin. The greens also are a good source of vitamin C, folate, and manganese. Chicory greens contain minerals like calcium, copper, and iron. The beauty of using chicory leaf is that it requires very little preparation. It is ready to eat – just wash and go. To enjoy it at its best, buy chicory when the leaf tips are yellow. If it has green tips it is likely to be too bitter for salads. Chicory is great raw in salads, but it can also be braised, roasted, and used in hors d'oeuvres, stir-fries and soups. The root of the chicory plant is frequently roasted, ground, and brewed as a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Although chicory root is generally considered safe, some of its ingredients make it unsuitable for pregnant and lactating women.

Fennel / Rezene The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds of fennel are all edible. The bulb is used as a vegetable to add flavours to various dishes, particularly in salads, stews, and soups. It can be steamed, braised, or sautéed and added to a variety of dishes. The stalks of the fennel can be used for soups, stocks and stews, while the leaves can be used as an herb seasoning.

Rich in phytoestrogens, fennel is used for a myriad of health issues: colic, wind, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and increasing urine flow. It is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a very good source of dietary fibre, potassium, manganese, folate, and molybdenum. In addition, fennel is a good source of niacin as well as the minerals phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. Fennel is also commonly used to treat amenhorrea, angina, asthma, anxiety, depression, heartburn, water retention, lower blood pressure, boost libido, respiratory congestion, coughs and has been indicated for high blood pressure. It relaxes the smooth muscle lining the digestive tract (making it an antispasmodic) so it can even help expel gas.

Radishes / Turp Filled with health benefits, the radish deserves a place in your shopping cart and as a healthy and tasty addition to your weekly menu. Radishes are eaten raw either as a whole or as slaw or in salads and they can also be cooked or pickled.

Purslane / Semizotu This wonderful green leafy vegetable is very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats; nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Did you know that purslane has more omega-3 fatty acids than some fish oils and contains surprisingly more omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant? It is also an excellent source of vitamin A – one of the best among green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A is a known powerful natural antioxidant and is essential for vision. This vitamin is also required to maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin. Purslane is also a good source of vitamins C and E. It is also a rich source of some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. Think of purslane as a great alternative or addition to lettuce for your green salads. The leaves and stems are crisp, chewy, and succulent, and they have a mild lemony taste. Or why not try it with yoghurt and garlic in a more traditional Turkish semizotu recipe?

The other parts of radish consumed are the leaves, the flowers, the pods and the seeds. Both root and top greens are used for cooking. Try to avoid peeling – the anti-oxidants are mostly in the peel. Just wash thoroughly, trim the tip ends, and if you must peel, then gently pare away the only superficial thin layer. Radishes serve as both an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory and are also an excellent source of potassium, and contain great amounts of vitamin C, which is important for kidney and blood health. Along with vitamin C, the radish offers folate, B vitamins and vitamin K as well as essential minerals that include, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, copper and zinc. Radish contains an anti-oxidant compound called sulforaphane. Studies suggest that sulforaphane has a proven role against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers by virtue of its cancercell growth inhibition, and cyto-toxic effects on cancer cells.

WRITER: MARLENE BRONTE Marlene Bronte feels passionately that food and healthy choices can make a difference to the quality of your life. Qualified as a nutritional therapist in England in 2010, she has since been helping people to maximise their health and wellness using foods. She provides nutritional therapy consulting for both adults and children and conducts workshops for schools and groups. You can contact her at or visit May 2014



Goodbye, winter woes


t all starts in September. Whether you are returning home on a cramped red-eye flight with only a few hours to sleep before work, or you are a busy mom packing the kids' backpacks on their first day of school, we all find ourselves closing our eyes… and wishing we were back again on holiday. Pretty soon, the routine takes hold and you are forced to engage in reality where you get lost in winter woes. Nod your head if you have felt shut in by the winter weather. Nod, if you have entertained non-stop from Thanksgiving until New Year's. Nod, if those parties have been stressful and full of drama. If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are in urgent need of a total rejuvenation. So take a deep breath and let’s meditate on the many ways you can relax your mind, body and soul in Istanbul this spring.

Kanlıca – a spot to linger by the Bosphorus over çay and the famous Kanlıca yogurt. Image credit: Pi István Tóth


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A crisp sea breeze blows away your worries

The harsh winter conditions with the added stress have a way of imprinting on our faces. This spring, why not travel into the heart of Sariyer’s seaside town, Tarabya? If the crisp sea breeze alone isn’t enough to blow away all your worries, then a soothing facial at Mosaic Spa just might do the trick. The calming scent of ylang ylang from the Declore skincare line fills the atmosphere while the warmth of the facial specialist’s hands lull you into deep restful peace. Nothing says ‘spring’

Crossing the water

more than an exfoliated face that is bright and rosy.

Challenge yourself with Bikram yoga

Istanbul has lately adopted a healthier lifestyle with marathons, gyms with plenty of amenities, holistic centres and yoga and Pilates studios. But if you are looking for a real physical challenge, Bikram yoga is it. A 50 minute class of 26 yoga poses designed to work every muscle and organ using only your body strength, in a 100ºF temperature, is the work of the yoga genius Bikram Choudhury. The warmth relaxes your muscles and allows your body to stretch, go deep into each pose and over time increase the duration of the positions. You don't just see sweat – you feel your body healing muscles, relieving tension, releasing stress and discarding toxins. And you don't have to go to LA or NYC to experience this form of rejuvenation; you can go the Bikram yoga studio in Etiler. I cannot think of a better way to rejuvenate the body from inside out.

Under the bridge – make a wish? Image credit: Ernest Adams

The Bikram yoga studio at Etiler. Image credit:

Metamorphosis in the hamam

Now that you have healed yourself from within, make a beeline for the closest hamam because you will need it! We all have hamam jokes and stories of the epic nude ladies. But it is truly the best way to exfoliate and heal dry winter skin. The experience is, as I like to call it, metamorphical! You feel like a newborn baby with smooth-to-the-touch skin that is free of dirt and debris.

One of the greatest and the most under appreciated wonders of Istanbul is being able to cross between two continents in a moment's notice. Embrace this freedom and why not cross over this spring to the other side? The journey in itself is spiritually awakening. Your mind, body and spirit lingers on open water between two continents, contemplating what your heart really desires. There are parts of Istanbul that you may not yet have discovered… Take an early morning boat ride to Anadolu Hisarı and marvel at the magnitude of the Rumeli Hisarı from across the sea as you walk on the peaceful seaside road towards Kanlıca. Treat your body to a cup of the famous homemade Kanlıca yogurt. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, keep walking towards Çubuklu, a quiet fisherman’s cove just before the hustle and bustle of Beykoz. Asian-side dwellers feel less inclined to go to the European side during winter months - it's a state of mind which we should all battle this spring. Take a brisk walk one sunny morning from Bebek to Emirgan. A Turkish friend of my mine once told me to make a wish as we walked under the bridge. Although I have made my fair share of wishes, there is nothing more humbling than standing under the monumental bridge and seeing the possibilities in life.

WRITER: TANZIA AIMI EREL Tanzia Aimi Erel is a native New Yorker and a former lease administrator turned teacher, blogger and a freelance writer. With many passport stamps and border crossings, she has finally settled down in Istanbul with her husband. You can contact through or www.munchonistanbul.blogspot. and find her on instagram @tanzial.

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RE-TREAT YOURSELF Many times going on holiday means returning home with excess baggage – the kind that hangs on your hips and around your waist, not just in your suitcases. Instead of repeating your typical holiday pattern, try something new. There are many holiday options in Turkey that will send you home feeling relaxed, as well as fitter, healthier, and maybe even lighter than when you left! Are you looking for some adventure that also offers an opportunity to up your fitness level? Do you want to see more of Turkey while enhancing your overall wellness and being? Going on a fitness retreat is a great way to get it all: exposure to a new part of Turkey and, at the same time, an opportunity to enjoy a little ‘R and R’ and unwind a little (or wind up as it may be with a yoga retreat!). In addition to expanding your knowledge of Turkey and enjoying some healthy downtime, it is also a great way to meet some new and interesting people. Whether you are looking for a retreat offering yoga, Pilates, overall fitness, weight loss, detoxification, or even some combination – such as the combination yoga and writing retreat offered at Huzur Vadisi by Ken Eyerman, yoga master, and Philippa Pride, the Book Doctor and British editor for Stephen King – you can find it in Turkey. Retreats are offered from early spring to fall. If you miss the deadline for one retreat or don’t have time to go this year, don’t stress. Many of the retreats are repeated annually, so if you can’t make it this time around, you’ll likely get another opportunity the following year.


RETREAT DETAILS A detox on a blue cruise? Yoga and writing? Weight loss? Juice only cleanse? Whatever your needs and interests, there’s sure to be a retreat that suits your needs in Turkey. So, start planning your next vacation and ‘re-treat’ yourself to rest, relaxation and wellness. Prices correct at time of writing. Airfares are excluded (unless otherwise noted). Be sure to check the website or contact the retreat host for more details and up-to-the-minute pricing information.

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7lbs in 7 Days Retreat by Juice Master

Location:Göcek, Turkey Price: Varies by accommodation type; range £450pp - £1,150 Focus: A juice-only retreat to detox and cleanse the system Includes: Accommodations; yoga classes; meditation (on selected weeks only); classical and power rebounding sessions; swimming pool filled with mountain water; sauna; beautiful guided walks/rambles; running/power walking; circuit classes; juicing demonstration; and more. Website: Contact: Call Nina on +44 1234 480 280

Boot Camp Holiday by MG Fit in Fitness

Location: Dalaman, Turkey Price: Contact MG Fit in Fitness for price details Focus: Improve fitness and lose weight Includes: Accommodations; airport pick up and drop off; fitness boot camp activities; and all food and soft drinks. Exercise will be directed by personal trainers who have a holistic scientific background. Opportunities for other activities include hiking, swimming, cycling, rafting, Pilates and yoga. Food includes three organic meals a day, prepared by talented local chef, as well as snacks and drinks. No alcohol. Website: Contact: 020 7254 8789; 078 0957 5299 or use the online contact form for more information

Detox on the Sea with the LifeCo

Diana Lee Yoga Retreat

Location: Andriake Beachclub, Lycian Coast, Turkey Price: From £845pp Focus: Yoga Includes: Flights and transfers; accommodations; daily breakfast, daily lunch and four evening meals; daily yoga sessions; dnghy sailing; windsurfing; RYA tuition; mountain biking and guiding; waterskiing and wakeboarding; tennis; fitness classes; try-dive; spa; gym and indoor fitness area (treatments at a supplement); and children's clubs. Website: Contact: Diane Lee direct on 07973 827102, or email info@

The Life Co. Detox Retreat in Turkey

Location:Bodrum, Turkey Price: Contact for price information Focus: Detox and guide to healthier lifestyle Includes:Yoga, meditation, steam bath, sauna, mind detox; education regarding sources of body toxins and strategies to minimize them; and access to a variety of Well-Aging therapies, as well as different massage therapies. Website: Contact: +90 252 377 6310

Natural Perspectives

Location: Adaköy, Turkey Price: From £910pp Focus: Overall fitness and conditioning Includes: Return flights to Dalaman and transfers; seven nights accommodation with daily breakfasts and lunches and four evening meals; Neilson fitness activities; personal coaching session and nutrition advice; dingy sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, tennis, mountain biking, fitness classes, stand up paddle boarding and most children’s' clubs. Website: Contact: Oliver +44 (0)161 408 3354 or email

Nature-Med Hot Springs and Health Resort

Location: Departs from Bodrum, Turkey; visits Gökova and Hisarönü bays Price: From €2000 Focus: Detox Includes: All-inclusive Blue Voyage accommodations for 7 days on board a Lagoon 620 catamaran with coaching, health activities and expert advice on lifestyle and nutrition, as well as access to swimming, pedal surfing, snorkeling, canoeing, tanning, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The Program provides nourishment through green cleansing shakes, energy soups, herbal teas, alkaline water and more. Website: Contact: +90 252 377 6310

Location: Davutlar- Kuşadası, Samson Mountains, Turkey Price: From £910pp Focus: Rejuvenation; mental and physical well-being Offers: Rejuvenation, cleansing and anti-aging programs; wellness and beauty packages; weight loss programs; smoking cessation therapies; and treatments for chronic diseases, skin diseases, depression, and many more. Website: Contact: +90 256 657-2280 or 256 657-1741


Pilates Plus Wellness

Location: Köyceğiz, Turkey Price: From £650pp Focus: Pilates Includes: Accommodations, brunch, Turkish bath/thermal spa, Pilates on the roof terrace overlooking the mountains of Köyceğiz, and one evening meal. Website: Contact: +44 (0) 787 963 7733 or email rosa@

TriDosha Retreat – A Wholesome Immersion

Location: Kaz Mountains; various locations along the Mediterranean coast Focus: Full Body relaxation and meditation Price: From 500TL per week Includes: Ayurvedic body work; ancient spiritual wisdom and balancing practices; dynamic fun exercises; gatherings and excursions; and delicious healthy food. Website: Contact: Ayşe Yufkayürek at or +90 (0) 538 020 3433

Yoga and Writing Holiday

Location: Huzur Vadisi, Turkey Hosts: Ken Eyerman (Yoga) and Philippa Pride (Writing) Price: Varies by accommodation type; Approximately £695pp Focus: Yoga and writing – you can choose to do one or the other or a combination of both. Includes: Accommodations and board; yoga/writing classes; swimming pool; access to beautiful nature walks and massage. Websites:; Contact: Leaning toward writing more? Contact philippa_ More yoga focused? Contact Ken at Find many more yoga and yoga combination retreats at Huzur Vadisi and nearby Suleyman’s Garden and The Pomegranate, all near Göcek, Turkey, on the Huzur Vadisi website (www. Interested in wind surfing? Check out Sam Ross Windsurf Clinics Keen on yoga combined with a blue cruise? Dates for 2014 are already booked, but watch the video of past yoga cruises, and you’ll be ready to book to set sail in 2015

WRITER: DARCY HOLMER Darcy Holmer is a business and fitness professional who is passionate about projects that support positive change. Her online course,, helps women achieve their weight and fitness goals. She's currently developing a course to de-mystify finance to support others’ financial goals. Darcy has an M.B.A, M.S. Public Health, and a degree in Finance. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Master Financial Planner. For more information, email Darcy at


May 2014


Appreciation and your child


o you sometimes get the thought; “I wish my kids appreciate what they have?” or “I wish they appreciated nature more?” or “I wish they showed more appreciation to me?” If your answer is yes, I have to say “me too, big time!”. Driven by wanting the best for our children, we often over give or over do the “giving” part of our relationships with them. What’s even worse (in my view), is that most of us focus on giving material stuff as if somewhere very deep in our consciousness we feel that if we don’t get them this toy, or if we don’t decorate the room the way they have been dreaming of, or if we don’t buy them this videogame, then we are in some way not adhering to the role of ‘great parent’ that we have set for ourselves. And the truth is, it is often hard for us as parents to say ‘no’ when it sometimes seems as if our kids think their life depends on it.


Well, the problem with this way of dealing with our kids is that as soon as the next ‘thing’ comes up, (that they feel their life depends on!), the thing that you just did for them, or gave them, doesn’t matter anymore. That is often draining and hurtful to parents. It certainly is for me! And I am not talking only about buying stuff, this paradigm is true for everything in life. Do your kids appreciate the role you play in their lives? Do they recognise that you work hard? Do they appreciate the world around them? The house they live in… the food they are eating… or even the school they go to? Not to mention appreciating nature and caring for it… To us as parents, these may to be seem important values; but in most cases we fail to find effective ways to support our kids in realising the meaningfulness of them. These are some strategies that have worked for me in helping my children to appreciate what they have and what’s around them.

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1.De-clutter their lives:

Yes it is true, when kids have too many things to juggle with, too many activities to do and too many services provided to them they miss the value of what they have and start wanting more and more. Keeping their life simple and de-cluttered supports them in pointing out what matters to them to most, and appreciating it. When kids have too many toys, gadgets, books, and so forth, it overwhelms them and disables them from making choices (healthy choices) on using what they have. Kim John Payne talks about this beautifully and elaborately in his book Simplicity Parenting.

3.Pocket money:

This applies mostly to older kids, but starting with this early on can be a powerful tool. It can teach your children how to work with money and to understand the choices they make when it comes to spending their money versus how they are willing to ask you to spend yours. For example, my daughter wanted to buy stationary that she saw a friend having at school (that she did not need, from my point of view), and she came and asked if she could have some money to buy it. When I responded saying that if she really wanted it, she could buy it with her money, she was much more hesitant to buy it. I simply pointed this out to her: “hmm, interesting… so you’re ok with me spending my money on this but you’re not ok to spend your own money on this thing that you thought was cool and important. I wonder why would you make such a choice?” – and just left it there. Of course you could always come back to this and explore it more – but better to be after you’re sure they’ve had the reflection themselves.

4.Role model appreciation:

It is amazing how every sincere parenting tip will always involve role-modeling and it is true – what they see you doing will always be intriguing, and in most cases will be deeply engrained in their consciousness as the ‘right’ way of doing things. Even if they don’t do it for now! For example; let your children see you appreciate things you have in life, how you give gratitude and how you give back. If they see you doing that, they will eventually do it too. Words like: I am so grateful we have trees in our street; or I am grateful we have money to buy toys; or I am grateful that I have you in my life or anything else – they will learn to think in the same way.

2.Involve them:

Just last week I asked my daughter to help out with cleaning the house. We agreed that me, my husband and her would divide the house among us and clean it together. She chose to clean the bathroom and her room. When we were all done with our chores, my daughter came to me and said, “Mum, I didn’t know you work that hard. Thank you.” It was heart warming to hear that but also enlightening, because I realised that unless she experiences how hard it is to do things, she wouldn’t ever know for herself. Sure, the bathroom definitely wasn’t as well cleaned as I would have liked… but what came out from this exercise was much more beneficial that a perfectly clean bathroom. Additionally, it has been a week already and her room is still tidy and pretty clean – this has never happened before! I am guessing that she had more appreciation for the work that it took to get her room in such a neat state. This applies to everything, chores, cooking everyday, grocery shopping and putting things on the shelf, anything you can think of – as long as it is age appropriate.

5.Dialogue with your kids:

Not only do conversations deepen the relationship between you and your kids, but they also give you insights into what’s meaningful to them. Talk to your children about why they want certain things and not others, and about giving back to the community. Dialogue with them about why is it important to appreciate what we have and how practices of over-consumption and lack of appreciation can really created unpleasant phenomena, from a personal to a global level. Well, I am hoping that while reading this list you have noted some ideas for implementation with your children, to support them in discovering the value of appreciation. And remember: don’t shame or guilt them into any of it! This will have the undesired effect of shutting them off from you, and may cause them to be generally unreceptive.

WRITER: MARWA FAROUQ Marwa Farouq is a specialist in family development, youth development and parenting education. She is a certified family and youth coach (World Coach Institute). She is also certified in youth counselling by the Institute of Counselling and is an advocate of non-violent communication philosophy. She has completed leadership training for compassionate parenting with the Center of Non-Violent Communication. You can find Marwa’s blog at




At the present time we have several playgroups running on the European side of Istanbul. This is an opportunity to meet other pregnant ladies and parents of infants or toddlers, as well as share the joys and trials of motherhood while creating a support network. Mums n Kids does not mean mums only – Dads n Kids are just as welcome!

Bosphorus International Pre-School (BIP), Emirgan

Please contact Coordinator Maria Petersen Çiftgül if you have any questions. Email: Phone: 0533 317 3894

European side of Istanbul Pregnant and infants (0-12 months) When: Every Tuesday Time: 11am-1pm Location: Rotating turns at mums’ homes and pre-arranged places. Cost: FREE Please contact Sarah at: or Asa at: Walkers – Younger Toddlers (1-2.5 years of age) When: Every Tuesday Time: 10am-12pm Location: Rotating turns at mums’ homes and pre-arranged places. Cost: FREE Please contact Sos Anker Hansen at Toddlers (2,5 +) When: Varies Location: Rotating turns at mums’ homes and pre-arranged places. Cost: FREE Please contact Dawn Biyashev at dancemachine3@gmail. com or telephone at 0541 302 3047.

Multilingual Playgroup Zekeriyaköy The weekly multilingual playgroup in Zekeriyakoy comes together each Friday. Parents of infants (0-2 years old) and pregnant women who want to come can email teike. There are no costs to join the playgroup. It is required that parents (to-be) speak at least 2 languages (For example Turkish and English or two foreign languages). Older siblings and nannies can come along as long as there is at least one adult relative of the infant present as well. The reason for this is that the playgroup is as much for the parents as for the infants. The playgroup will sometimes come together on other days of the week(end), so that working parents can also connect with other parents in the neighbourhood. The playgroup is hosted at the homes of a different member each time. Location: Rotating turns at mums’ homes and pre-arranged places. Cost: FREE Please contact Åsa Samuelsson at: asa.v.m.samuelsson@


Teacher-organised activity, song and circle time, garden play (weather-permitting). Coffee, tea, milk and cookies provided. When: Tuesdays Time: 10am-11.30am Cost: FREE Age group: 0-3 years of age Please contact Ms Collette Laffan-Persembe at cpersembe@ or telephone at 0212 277 8444. *Note: please call on Mondays to reserve. There are only 10 openings every week. Please only ONE known adult per child.

British International School (BIS), Zekeriyaköy, Etiler

Indoor and outdoor play (weather-permitting), followed by snack and music time. Known adult to stay and supervise child. Days and locations: Tuesdays and Thursdays in Zekeriyakoy; Wednesdays and Fridays in Etiler. Time: 9am-11am (both campuses) Cost: 10TL per session Age group: 0-2.5 years of age Please contact Mrs Amanda Ilhan, Preschool and Primary Deputy Director at or telephone at 0212 202 7027 ext 116

LOLA (Lots of Lovely Art)

After-school workshops, toddler art, kinder art, weekend workshops, holiday camps, themed birthday parties. There is a FREE English library, books and DVDs that is available to the public every day EXCEPT for Sunday from 3pm-6pm. Weekly schedule Mondays: Toddler Art (2+) at 4pm. Wednesdays: Toddler Art (18 months+) at 10am and Art Workshops at 4pm. Thursdays: Toddler Art (18+ months) at 10am; Kinderart (2+) at 4pm. Fridays: Fine Art Workshops (age 7+) Saturdays: Themed Workshops

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Kindermusik at Play to Learn Pre-School

In Akatlar and Nişantaşı, offering different music classes. Village Program: 0-18 months My Time Program: 18-30 months Music and Me Program 2-4 years of age Please contact Ms Ozlem Hun at or telephone at 0212 352 3031 or 0532 237 2272.

Gymboree Play and Music 10% discount for IWI members on Play and Learn classes in Ulus, Ortaköy branch. Please present your IWI membership card to claim your discount. Gymboree Play and Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. International Play and Learn classes every Thursday: PlayandLearn Level 3 (10-16 months): 9am – 9.45am PlayandLearn Level 5 (22-28 months): 11.15am – 12pm International Play and Learn classes every Friday: PlayandLearn Level 4 (16-22 months): 10am – 10.45am Cost: 800TL for 12 classes (IWI discount included) Gymboree members can also enjoy complimentary free-play times during the week. For non Gymboree members these cost 30TL per hour.

Eden’s Garden International Preschool – Yeniköy, Istanbul

Baby Ballet Playgroup for boys and girls age 0-3 years When: Every Thursday morning Time: 9:30am-11:30am Cost: 30TL per session, (no block-booking required) Where: Ballet Studio Eden’s Garden International Preschool Guzelce AliPasa Cad. No. 50 Yenikoy, ISTANBUL Tel: 0212 262 4302 Email: Contact: Karen Holyoak Çiftçi, Director Bring: Soft slippers for little feet

Full Circle Healing Doula List Doulas who have completed the İçsel Doğum Doula Training: European side of Istanbul: Dilek Özkan Oya Kürüm Sibel Gözübüyük Sima İbrahimiye Şaylan Yılmaz Vera Anahmias Asian Side: Damla Çeliktaban Esra Demiröz Zeynep Birinci Güler Doulas may be willing to travel to your location. For more detailed information about each doula, and on how a doula can support you, visit

School Skills program (drop-off) for the 2-3 year olds or 3-4 year olds. 10% discount on full year School skills program for IWI members. Music and Art classes are also available. Please contact: Esra Taşar, email: esratasar@ or on 212 275 8787

IWI’s Mums ‘n Kids Team organises activities for you and your children to enjoy. We remind you that you are responsible for your child’s safety at all times. IWI cannot take responsibility for injury and extra cost incurred during an activity.

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GROUPS & ASSOCIATIONS Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon

Open AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings in English are held in the Union Han building on Istiklal Caddesi, Tünel, next to the Swedish Consulate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6.45pm (contact 0533 626 5724 ). There is an Alanon meeting at 6.30pm on Thursdays in the same location. On Sundays, there is an open AA meeting at 4,15pm in Harbiye (contact 0539 606 0123). On the Asian side in Kadikoy, there are meetings at 6pm on Thursdays and at 5.30pm on Saturdays (contact 0537 433 8368). A full listing of all English-speaking AA meetings in Turkey with local contacts can be found on the AA Europe website:

Asian Ladies of Istanbul

The Asian Ladies of Istanbul is a non-profit social group established over 20 years ago where ladies from East Asia living in Istanbul get together for various events and can feel at home while far away from their original home. A members-only Facebook page is available for them where they can keep track of the latest monthly luncheons, news, events, photographs and relevant information pertaining to daily life in Istanbul. Please contact the group leader, Kim Cakirkaya at kim.cakirkaya@ or 0533 463 6930 for further information.

ARIT (American Research Institute of Turkey)

The Friends of ARIT Istanbul, with branches in North America and Ankara, was established to support the ARIT in Turkey and carry out its scholarly activities. The Istanbul Friends run a yearround program of tours and lectures for members and guests. Member¬ship is open to all interested residents of Istanbul. For further information call 0212 257 8111.

AWl (American Women of Istanbul)

The AWI is a social network open to Americans, Canadians and spouses of US or Canadian citizens living in Istanbul. The AWI provides social programmes ranging from special interest groups to charities. If you’re a newcomer to Istanbul please contact our newcomers committee so you can start to feel at home in your new country. Email Debbie Abdo or Sia Israfil at awiistanbul@

Belgian Friends of Istanbul

The Belgian Friends of Istanbul help Belgian newcomers to feel at home and make friends quickly. We gather every month around a drink, brunch, dinner, walk or cultural activity. We also try to keep our traditions alive with activities such as the annual St. Nicholas party for the children or New Year’s dinner. We have our own Facebook page where members exchange useful information about job opportunities, housing, babysitting, Belgian cultural events in Istanbul, where to find Belgian products, etc. Email Nathalie Bevernaegie at

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts

The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America is a youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. All boys in grades one to five (ages six to ten) holding a foreign passport are welcome to join Cub Scouts. Older boys (ages 11-18) with foreign passports are welcome to join Boy Scouts. Activities include hiking and camping. Email Vicki Gunay or phone 0532 314 11 34.


Bridge group

Our friendly bridge group meets on Fridays at 11am -- all levels welcome! We play in a relaxed way and sometimes have a chat in between hands. Playing bridge in our group is a way to spend a pleasant Friday. Please contact Sandra on 212 257 9781 or 0532 483 5319.

CHICAS - Spanish speaking women of Istanbul

A group open to all ladies who speak our language, or would like to practice it. We host lots of fun, hilarious Latin parties and cultural events. Come on, jump on in, you won’t regret it! We have our own blog: http://chicasestambul.blogspot. com/ and we’re on Facebook under “Chicas Estambul”. Email or phone Ninoska Gutierrez Sierra 0533 651 3581, Norma Maranges 0532 314 29 34 or Lorena Martinez 0533 388 6309.

CIRCOLO ROMA (Comunità italiana)

The Italian association organises several activities, such as cooking classes, dinners, parties, Italian and Turkish conversation classes, piano lessons, zumba, tamurriata, Italian cinema, medieval fencing, painting on porcelain, capoiera, singing and other activities for children and much, much more. The wonderful liberty hall can also be hired for private parties and conferences. Email Paola Maresia Maresia@superonline. com or Elsa Zambonini, tel 0212 244 17 59 or visit our website

Die Bruecke

‘Die Bruecke’ is a platform for the German speaking community. It was founded in 1989 to serve the needs of a steadily growing community. It is not a German club; it is open to everyone who speaks German. Die Bruecke issues a monthly newsletter. Different gatherings, charities, information concerning everyday life, bi-national education, help with bureaucracy and immigration laws in Turkey are covered as well as assistance to newcomers. Website, email info@

DNSI - The Dutch School of Istanbul

We provide Dutch language and cultural lessons to students aged between four and 16. Our mainstream programme is for primary and secondary students with at least one parent of Dutch nationality. Our afternoon programme is for students aged four-13 who are learning Dutch as a foreign language. We also offer a two week Dutch summer school. There is the possibility of Dutch language courses being offered for adults in the future. Please check our website or email

Fransız Fakirhanesi – Little Sisters of the Poor

Email Mother Mary or phone 0212 296 4608.

FOCI (Friends of Contemporary Istanbul)

Working with the international community in promoting the growth and development of contemporary art, the Friends of Contemporary Istanbul aim to enrich the rising art scene in Turkey and to contribute to the cultural life of Istanbul. Email or phone 0532 687 7899.

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Friends of India Association (FOIA)

The Friends of India Association (FOIA) is a registered group formed to connect Indians in Istanbul through various social events. Our aim is to keep the spirit of India and Indian culture alive by organising various festivals and activities through the year. If you are a newcomer to Istanbul and would like to know more or join the association email any of the following: Jugnu Saglik:, Ambili: ramachandran.ambili@ or Diya: We are also on Facebook as Istanbul Indian community (FOIA).

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to helping all girls everywhere build character and gain skills for success in the real world. In an accepting and nurturing environment, and in partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop strong values, leaderships skills, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and selfworth. Girls aged 5 and up are welcome. Email Kat Bekham or phone 054 2300 24 92.


InterNations is an organisation where globally minded people have the opportunity to network and exchange valuable tips and topics regarding expatriate subjects. We organise events and provide opportunities for our members to meet and network twice a month. For further information please see our website

International Women’s Bible Study

This group meets Tuesdays from 10am until 12.30pm. Contact Vicki Günay on 0532 314 1134.

Istanbul Accueil

Welcomes French speaking newcomers in Istanbul. We publish a weekly newsletter listing many events and activities. All French-speaking people are welcome! Email istaccueil@gmail. com or visit our website

IWI Tennis Group

If you enjoy playing tennis please join our group. The IWI Tennis Group is up and running and takes place at Torch Tennis in Tarabya. Teams are based on skill levels and we welcome all players from beginners to advanced. If you are interested in joining please contact Kenan Dundar on 0535 390 4983 or email

Luso Brasileiro

Portuguese speaking group. Contact: Isabel Ponte Gulpan 0212 669 4943 or 0532 274 1653.

NVI – Dutch speaking people of Istanbul

The Dutch Club Istanbul is a group of people who like to keep typical Dutch festivities alive, for people who have connection to Holland, who like to meet up with Dutch-speaking people. On a monthly basis we organise a get together. Among the festivities we do the typical celebrations like Sinterklass (5 December) and Koninginnedag (Queens day). For further information and details check our website ( or contact: Lisette Ruygrok at

Istanbul International Chamber Choir

IICC is a fun women’s choir, which was founded in 2009 and sings a variety of choral styles from light classical to musical, jazz and pop. The choir organises a Christmas concert and a spring concert in June. A weekly rehearsal takes place at Rumeli Hisarı. The group is always looking for enthusiastic members and for more details you are kindly invited to contact Anderske Kaspersma at or 0532 746 9448.

Istanbul Ottomans Rugby Football Club

We practice every Saturday afternoon between 4 and 6pm, except on days when there are official fixtures, at the Dikilitaş

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Spor Kulübü in Besiktas (directions available at www. Players of all ages (17+) and all levels of fitness are welcome. Please contact one of the team officials on the website for more information.


The Professional American Women of Istanbul is a network of American/Canadian women and spouses of Americans/ Canadians living in Istanbul. PAWI strives to empower and support members by promoting personal and professional growth. Members inspire each other to achieve and share success. Each monthly PAWI meeting features a guest speaker, and locations alternate between the European and Asian sides. Contact or visit

Patchwork Group

Contact Gaye Hiçdonmez at or 0532 700 0693.

Photo Club of Istanbul

The Photo Club of Istanbul organises photography classes and workshops, monthly photo treks and other activities for photographers of all levels of experience. Membership is free and is open to anyone with an interest in photography. Beginners are welcome. Email to request an application form.

Speech Bubbles

Speech Bubbles Theatre is an Istanbul based drama group established in 1988 aiming to perform high-quality English language musical theater while donating the proceeds to charities supporting children and education. Speech Bubbles is composed of amateur and professional dancers, singers and musicians from the international community. Speech Bubbles also runs a part-time school of performing arts for young people over ten years of age and adults for three hours on Saturday mornings where everyone has the chance to gain confidence, develop their performance skills or simply just learn how to act, sing, dance and most importantly have fun! Email: or visit our web site: www.

South Africans in Istanbul

Please contact if you are interested in forming an informal group of expatriate South Africans.

SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association)

A world-wide network for Swedish or Swedish-speaking women with a chapter in Istanbul. Email or phone 0539 234 7043.

Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs Looking for the support of other parents of children with special needs and additional resources for your child? Please contact Carol Crous for more information on 0533 730 7148 or 0212 223 9700.

Toastmasters International – Istanbul Chapter

The English speaking Istanbul toastmasters club is the first Istanbul local branch of Toastmasters International, an organisation that helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. ITM meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 19.30-21.30 at the Gönen Hotel in Taksim. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings free of charge. Email or

Union Church of Istanbul

We are an international, inter-denominational church that offers services in English. Please contact Elaine Van Rensburg 0212 244 5763.




IWI MEMBERSHIP ID CARD Our Partner Offers page lists various offers and discounts that our partners are extending to IWI members. In order to redeem these partner benefits, you must show your IWI Membership ID card. If you lose your card, contact our offices at: Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Oz Topuz Sokak. Camlitepe Sitesi, No. 74 Blok C1 / D2 Ulus, Ortakoy.

Da Vittorio Restaurant You do not have to go all the way to Italy to be served authentic Italian food. Just go to Da Vittorio’s in the heart of Beyoglu. Ladies of the IWI is offered a 15 % discount at Da Vittorio restaurant. This offer is valid everyday except Friday and Saturday dinner. Please make a reservation at: or call: 0212 – 245 8817

Isda Bebek Wellness Center is pleased to offer you the most incredible gifts... For the “Midas and Microplus” body reshaping systems we offer 10 bonus sessions for each 10 sessions purchased. Also…in our ‘’antiaging and weight loss sessions’’ we offer a %30 discount and for “spa and massage treatments ‘’ a %50 discount with cash payment . For a complete list of services please visit our website

EFinst: 10% off for IWI cardholders The most professional and successful private Turkish language school for foreigners in Turkey teaching students how to speak the language accurately and fluently from the first lesson! The EFINST Turkish Centre İstanbul has over 12 years experience in meeting the language and training needs of those who wish to study and improve their Turkish. We are dedicated to promoting international understanding through education and raising the standards of language learning. Contact: or 0212-282 9064.

Time Out subscriptions Time Out Istanbul in English is offering a 25% discout on subscriptions for IWI members. Make Time Out your monthly go-to guide for the city by contacting: Omer Karanis,

Planet Lifestyle Club is offerıng IWI members a 30% discount on all fitness memberships. Please contact sales manager Mr. Hicabi Akay at 0530-955-4490 or hicabiakay@ More details can be found on their website


İsda Body &Soul Works Bebek Kücük Bebek Caddesi No:23 Tel: (0212) 265- 26 86

Richmond Nua Wellness Spa Turkey’s first and only destination Spa, Richmond Nua Wellness Spa, offers all members of the International Women of Istanbul 20% discount on all services during 2014. Please present your IWI membership card during your hotel check-in to benefit from this special offer. For more detailed information: 0264 582 21 00, Address: Sahilyolu Mevkii, Sapanca – Sakarya Web:

Steven Kitching British hairstylist I’m happy to offer a 20% discount to all IWI members when booking your first appointment. I have twenty years experience in cutting styling and colouring and offer a professional friendly service in the comfort of your home. For more details and appointments call or e-mail (0551) 412- 4784.

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Tarabya Torch Tenis offers individual and group lessons for children and adults of various skill levels. Our experienced coach will help to instill basic tennis skills and proper techniques in beginners as well as help develop professional skills for advanced players. Coach Kenan Dundar has extensive experience giving lessons to foreign students of all different levels and age groups. Every tennis court at our club meets the specifications for professional tennis courts but the tennis club not only has great tennis courts, it also has all the necessary modern infrastructure for training, warm-up and rest after the game. Tarabya Torch Tenis offers excellent opportunities for training and education but our tennis club is not only about the lessons and playing tennis, it is also lively, relaxing and a great place to meet other tennis fans and make interesting acquaintances. Tarabya Torch Tenis is pleased to offer a 10% discount to IWI members. Courts are open from 7 am to midnight and for more detailed information please contact: 0531-945-2588 or or visit

Concept Languages Located in the heart of Etiler, Concept Languages is offering free Turkish conversation classes to any IWI member presenting their card. Classes will take place twice a month between 14:30 –15:30 and for full information and reservations Please Contact: Başak Toksoy (0212) 351- 18 40

Chill Out Spa Nişantaşı British salon owner Ann Marie Sabuncu is offering IWI members a 30% discount on all treatments and package programs. Chill Out is a small boutique spa using quality products from Decleor. Latest technology LPG body treatments and reflexology are just some of the treatments available. For more information please contact Ann Marie on 0212 231 1159.

Hillside Sports Offering a 20% discount on general memberships to IWI members. For details, please contact:

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Incirli Saraphane -- Soul Group At Incirli Saraphane more than 20 Turkish wine companies came together and created Turkey’s richest wine bar for you. There are more than 500 different kinds of local and imported wines at very special producer prices. You can enjoy your wine with music, local & imported cheese and charcuterie selection. Incirli Saraphane is offering a 10% discount for all members on our wine and cheese workshops, both those we have in our regular calendar of events and private workshops you may wish to organize for a group of 8 or more. In addition, if you dine in one of our other restaurants on the same day (Kydonia or La Mancha) you will receive a complimentary dessert. For more information see our website: http://

Kadiköy Şifa KadiköyŞifa offers IWI members the current tariffs with the following discount: • 10% for all medical services at KadiköyŞifa hospitals. • Longevity and Wellness Clinic services: o a discount of 20% for cash payment more than 1000 TL o a discount of 10% for installment payments of more than 1000TL o a discount of 7% for single procedures. • Varix Center Clinic (varicose veins and vascular surgery) 15% discount.

Seyahan Jewellery In appreciation of the warm reception at the 2013 Christmas Festival, we are offering a 20% discount on all our products to IWI members. The concept of our shops is that we provide unique, handcrafted jewellery from all over Turkey. Working directly with the artists, our handcrafted pieces are products of regional tradition, local materials and contemporary design. We are located in: Hazzopuli Pasaji 3/E (off Istiklal) and Camekan Sokak 4/J (behind Galata Tower)

Ottoman Silks Authentic and opulent Ottoman designs – transformed into a contemporary collection of kaftans, handbags, pillows and shoes. 100% made in Turkey, the Ottoman Silks collection is now on sale via our website ( and also in three different locations: The Museum Hotel, Cappadocia; Sofa, Istanbul; and Cesni, Ankara. IWI members receive a 20% discount.





I can come to your house... Pregnancy massage, cellulite massage, relaxing massage, full body massage, osho re-balancing, massage or wax. Call me for more information: Hatice Yildrim Tirli  0532 260 4118 or 0542 434 1932. 


ROCIO CABALLERO: SPANISH LESSONS Spanish lessons for adults and kids. Entitled by the ‘Instituto Cervantes’. Conversation or normal lessons. Native Spanish speaker from Spain. Fluent in English and French, basic level of Turkish.

Please call 0543 684 0985 or email for further information.

For ladies and men, group or one to one lessons, at your home or workplace, from an experienced native teacher fluent in English and French. Adjustable to your needs and time schedule. Please call 0530 310 21 32 or email rbensan@ for full information.



The lessons are available only at the students’ homes – the age diapason is 5-65 ! The main used method is the Oxford one, mixed with music literature, according to the level and capacity of the student.

German lessons for kids up to 8th grade from experienced native German primary school teacher. Please call 0532 235 2086 or email for further information.


Learn Turkish in Istanbul with native speakers holding university degrees, and with several years of teaching experience. Individual and flexible instruction, at work or at home. We offer trainings for all levels, individually or in small groups. Easy to understand grammar in an enjoyable atmosphere and with rapid success. If you are ready to practice and improve your Turkish with the help of an experienced teacher, please contact di@log Language School. Dilek Bekker, 0545 472 4299,


Charming historical 5br house with a seaview for rent in Anadolu Feneri (monthly or yearly). We are renting our weekend house. Located where the Bosphorus empties into the Black Sea. Ideal as a weekend house or as a permanent residence if your children attend a school on the Asian side such as TED or Doğa. 20 minutes to Kavacık and 30 minutes to Etiler. Annual rent $24,000. Please contact Caroline at or 533 773 4535. Photos and details can be seen online at rooms/1035903.

Professional piano, singing, music theory lessons are provided by Dobrinka Chavdarova-Guven, an experienced teacher with practice and master classes in Istanbul, Munchen, Varna.

Bulgarian herself, Dobrinka speaks fluent Russian, English, Turkish and some French. For more info, please call: +90 555 5334362 +359 301 63653 - home +359 878 665737 +359 879 858514 +359 887 413744 cell Or e-mail :


İlk Beş Anaokulu/First Five Kindergarden is expanding; therefore so is our English department. English is an important part of our curriculum, and we are looking for teachers to fill both full and part time positions. Candidates must be native speakers of English, enjoy the company of younger children, and have a creative and positive outlook on life. Flexibility is needed when working with young children. Although experience in preschool teaching is preferable we will accept candidates for interviews without, as training will be given. We are currently looking for English language teachers to implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program. Our schools are based in Erenköy and Ataşehir. Please contact Ms Savasan at nazli.savasan@, or call 532 293 7134



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Membership is open to all women who hold a Non-Turkish passport or who are married to a foreign passport holding spouse. For application details, please visit our website Membership registration is also possible at our “Newcomers Meeting” held at Meet Café, Alkent, Etiler from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M every first and 3rd Thursday of the month. Parking is available. Contact the Newcomer Coordinators for information and directions. You can also become a member online. Changing Address or Lale Problems? Don’t forget to give us your new address (postal and/or e-mail) to avoid delay in the delivery of your Lale magazine or for up-to-date IWI member information. Contact our Membership Secretary by e-mail at In case you failed to receive your copy of LALE, please contact us:


Membership Directory

It is strictly against IWI policy to give the Membership Directory to any non-member of the association. If requested by a non-member, or company to supply membership data please refer them to the IWI Chairwomen. Members are entitled to the directory for their personal use only, never for business purposes. All member information should be handled with confidentiality. Membership directories are available from the Membership Secretary.


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