Freelance in Turkey

    It so happened that in cozy St. Petersburg nothing really holds me, and my soul desired a change of scenery and new discoveries. Wikipedia was launched with a list of countries and their visa regimes, airbnb and aviasales. The task was to find a country with a non-Slavic culture, warmer weather than in central Russia and a cost of living that would not exceed my usual in St. Petersburg.

    Thus, the choice fell on Turkey. The argument is simple - why not? I am not a very serious and meticulous person in terms of a thorough study of my future habitat, so partly my choice was from the bulldozer.

    I arranged an airbnb run in search of housing. There are quite convenient and easy filters to search. In my case, these were:
    - Istanbul;
    - a separate room in the apartment;
    - up to 25 thousand rubles per month rent;
    - location as close to the city center as possible.

    I will explain similar criteria. I am a very social person, unlike the prevailing stereotype of introvert programmers, therefore, I do not mind sharing my roof with my neighbors and living in a bustling area.

    The main thing you should look at when choosing accommodation on airbnb is the number of reviews about the host. The fact is that it is unrealistic to wind up reviews, since the tenant and the owner can leave a review to each other only after the lease expires.

    I quickly came across a nice room for a modest 19 thousand rubles a month, about two of which would go into the pocket of the above site. No need to sign any papers, the site takes full responsibility. Naturally, it raises suspicions, but a survey of frequently traveling colleagues around the world led to a unanimous opinion - it is worth using.

    Honestly - this is not an advertising post, it just seems to me that this information will be useful.

    After making the payment for the rental, I waited for the answer of the landlord, who decides whether to inspire me or not. Therefore, it is important to fill out your profile so that the owner can make an opinion about you.

    I was very lucky. The owner turned out to be a forty-year-old, extremely pleasant man. As it turned out, earlier he was also a freelancer and was engaged in graphic design. Then he decided to retire and bought a house, the apartments of which he now rents to foreigners. The house is one of the oldest instances of Turkish architecture, consisting of four floors. On each floor there is an apartment consisting of four rooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. Each room can accommodate 1-2 people. Two - in the case of close bodily relations, for the bed in each room is one. Ali (this is the name of the homeowner) was surprisingly caring and excellent person. He conducted a tour of the house, gave a guide with maps of the city, a set of bath accessories, a password for wi-fi. I stuck an A4 sheet with a simple list of house rules on the refrigerator. Everything is intelligible and understandable. He can be pulled on any issue, he is always happy to help. The water in Istanbul, according to Ali, is of terrible quality, so you can only wash your face and take a shower. For the rest, cooler baklos are delivered. Ali himself occupies the entire fourth floor, but his presence, in principle, is not noticeable. As neighbors I got two Germans and two Germans. Students are economists. The guys are not very talkative, study a lot, rarely go home. Girls have hen parties on weekends with beer and karaoke. As neighbors I got two Germans and two Germans. Students are economists. The guys are not very talkative, study a lot, rarely go home. Girls have hen parties on weekends with beer and karaoke. As neighbors I got two Germans and two Germans. Students are economists. The guys are not very talkative, study a lot, rarely go home. Girls have hen parties on weekends with beer and karaoke.

    Let me give you a couple of photos of the apartment for general presentation.

    Bathroom and shared kitchen.

    Shared living room.

    My room with a balcony.

    Next I will try to present the presentation in the order of collision with details.

    Visa regime

    Somehow I missed this moment, but let it be here. For citizens of the Russian Federation a visa is not required for stays of up to 60 days at a time. For six months in Turkey can not be more than 90 days without a visa. So the option of a one-day trip abroad for a three-month stay will fail.

    the Internet

    The local operator TURKCELL offers conditional unlimited with whistles such as Beeline and Megafon. Prices are about 35-70 lire per month. Speed ​​cuts after 4 gigs of traffic. He did not become wise and settled on the option “out of the box”, which was supplied along with rental housing. The speed test gives this picture:

    The owner is afraid that this is the best Internet in the city. We are satisfied with what we have. Voice and video calling pulls, surfing without problems. Watching the video is adequate only on YouTube. Directly for working moments - enough.

    By the way, ataturk airport did not have free wifi. There were many closed points and two open points that, when trying to connect, requested bank card information. There are a lot of points in the city. I have not met open ones.

    Public transport

    For a month stay here in the subway never went down. Prefer hiking and taxi. The cost of the token on the subway is 4 lira. Because I don’t know the bus routes, I won’t tell you anything about them. Classes of buses, by the way, vary. For the most part, these are miserable loaves like our lyases. But in the more "wealthy" were seen and Mercedes. There are double-decker buses, very similar to London. The traffic is very heavy. A lot of traffic jams. I have not seen more than two lanes in one direction. Unless on the bridges 4 lanes in one direction. As for the taxi, Ali strongly recommended not to catch private traders. They can "take them out of the city and never come back." Only yellow default cars. They work on a taximeter. Built in rear view glass. Very interesting solution.

    What is noteworthy, I go on the tariff number 1. When boarding a taxi, the meter starts at three and a half lire. Dripping at a rate of about 1 lira per minute. Maybe a little slower. If you get in a taxi at the airport, then the meter starts to drop from scratch, but at the tariff number 2, which comes out about two and a half times more expensive than the first. Thus, I got from Ataturk Airport to the central Beyoglu district for 60 lira.


    According to various sources, this is a historic district of the city. There really are a lot of interesting "old" pieces like dilapidated walls, mosques and other attractions. In general, there is something to see. I was lucky to live on the tourist street Istiklal (Istiklal). Judging by the posts on tourist sites, the street has a rather vivid history with the participation of other countries, thanks to which it has become a tourist street with many shops. True, most of these posts are extremely pompously written and a little true.

    Well, firstly, the street is extremely crowded. It extends from Taksim Square to the music district. Throughout the street, a huge variety of shops with clothes, restaurants, bookstores, perfumes, vintage cafes, souvenir and shawarma. Three starbucks, two burgers, two mcdonald's were also seen. There are no grocery stores on the street.

    I found one convenience store on Taksim Square and another on a music street. These are small self-service shops with trolleys and two cash desks at the exit. At Istiklal Street itself, of course, a huge number of adjacent lanes. Here you can find shops with basic necessities: bread, water, juices, soda, cookies, convenience foods. Prices for everything are quite high. But the deeper into the lane, the cheaper, by itself. The bread is unchanged. One lira. Everywhere. From meat - beef and chicken. Beef is expensive and disgusting. Vegetables are cheap. Sausage is expensive and inedible. Tastier and cheaper to eat in small restaurants.

    The ballot box is very small. One urn for every 500 meters. Throwing a goby to the ground or barking on the asphalt is normal for a Turk. You can smoke everywhere. A lot of policemen who go around constantly with a cigarette in their teeth. In service - rubber batons and MP5 characters for characters of a higher level. Sometimes I noticed something like AKSU. In addition, on the street there are consulates of several countries. I remembered Russian and Croatian. At the entrance to the Russian, gypsies are constantly hanging out, but sometimes also small groups of Russians.

    Every 50 meters you can buy a fresh bun, baked mussels and chestnuts. The price is cheap.

    In Taksim Square, in principle, there is nothing to do. There are mainly 4+ star hotels located there. In the lanes of Istiklal there are many hostels, coffee houses and simply residential apartments. On the porch of each institution they drink sweet tea from 100 gram cups. I saw a lot of booths on the street with an electric burner for making such teas.

    Musical street is also an interesting place. There are dozens of shops with musical instruments, a number of electronics stores, a couple of tattoo parlors, many tourists and informals.

    Often I see this knight. It seems to not advertise anything. But dancing and taking pictures with tourists. Funny type. All roller shutters are decorated with graffiti. If you walk along the street early in the morning before the opening of stores, then in appearance - it’s quite a harlem.

    Pack of cigarettes - 7 lire. Not very cheap. I bought a hookah for 65 lira. Tobacco - 5 lire. Coals 5 lire. He began to smoke less cigarettes.

    And now a little irony regarding our beloved homeland. The Russian consulate is the only building with barbed wire on the fence.

    With the onset of night, Istiklal is gaining momentum. In every second lane there is a nightclub. The institutions are very small. 150 squares of force. Turkish house plays or live music in restaurants. I consider myself a music lover, I have nothing against night clubs, but I did not like it. Beer prices at night rise 5-6 times. I did not see any other alcohol at all. Neither day nor night.

    I have not yet been brought into business areas with skyscrapers (yes, there are several of them), but in general the city does not look very rich. Almost all streets are sloping. Very narrow roads and streets. Many banks, even Sber found. There are many beggars and gopniks on the streets. But the second is quite harmless. Would I like to stay here for a long time? Definitely not. But as a temporary change of scenery - a very good place. I miss Russian cuisine and pork. I will answer any questions in the comments.

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