What Feride loves most about Istanbul
“Istanbul is a place of contradiction, which means that it always has the capacity to surprise you. Just when you’ve become exasperated with its horrible traffic and construction noise, you’ll walk into a quiet side street you’ve never been to before and discover a beautiful little café, shop or historic structure that you can’t help but adore. Istanbul is overcrowded and tiring but the Bosphorus is a different color every day and there’s no place in the world where you’ll find the architectural remnants of so many different cultures, religions and civilizations. There’s also no place in the world where I can meet up with a close friend at a meyhane (tavern) and just pour out my soul while eating meze and drinking rakı all night."