Today, for the price of one apartment in Moscow, you can buy a decent three-room apartment in Istanbul – under construction, you will have to wait a year or two.
Istanbul is a European city
There are very responsive and kind people, always ready to help. Even in the migration center, where now every second one is our compatriot, they are trying to help, suggest, many services have websites in Russian. We have never faced any negative feedback.
According to locals, food prices have risen a lot, but even so, food here is a third cheaper than in Moscow. In Istanbul, almost every district has sports and cultural centers for children, where you can take your child to swim, gymnastics or other activities. There are many private kindergartens with English-speaking teachers, there are even Russian-speaking ones, but we decided to take our son to the Anglo-Turkish kindergarten so that it would be easier for him to immerse himself in the environment.
My husband and I study Turkish 5 times a week online, after about a month I could already feel comfortable on the street, talk to taxi drivers, sellers, and even discuss the news with my neighbors.
To order a taxi, they use the Bitaxi application here: it looks like Yandex, only the price is indicated there, approximate, minimum and maximum. Do not be alarmed if the taxi driver offers to turn off the application and use the meter: the price will remain within the specified range. By the way, even in the early days, I practically did not get deceived by taxi drivers, perhaps control over their activities has increased, or ordering through this application helps. More often you can run into overpricing in the markets, the imposition of additional services in real estate agencies or a notary. Only knowledge of the language will help not to fall for such things: if you speak, it means that you are in the “friends” club.
There are traffic jams in Istanbul
Yes, this is a problem, but the main thing is that you always have a choice on what to ride. Public transport is very well developed here, even the most inexperienced traveler will not get lost. You can get to the same point in the city in several ways: bus, tram, metro, metrobus, marmaray (walks through the tunnel under the Bosphorus). It is very profitable to buy a travel card, now it is difficult and very expensive to buy single tickets. /f550x700/a2/9r/a29rr9stx60o4owosw0cs4sgw.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>