Istanbul was the climax of September's great adventure in the Balkans with the coolest cab driver in Berlin. Hungry and determined to eat well on the cheap, we went without a guidebook and found three places to eat and drink that I would recommend to anyone traveling to, or even living in, Istanbul.
Took what was maybe the greatest taxi adventure of all this fall, with the coolest cab driver in Berlin. Here's some of what we ate & saw over 10 countries and 6,663 kilometers from Berlin to Istanbul and back.
Every week, we focus the spotlight on a taxi driver whose story inspires us to look at the world through a different lens. This week’s featured cabbie is İhsan Aknur, a happy-go-lucky hack from Istanbul, Turkey who loves his job and readily admits that he’s not normal.
I could feel the heat from the döner kebab the moment I opened the door to Istanbul, the second Rego Park restaurant* that taxi driver Eduard Zavlanov recommended during our ride through Midtown Manhattan. When he’s craving Turkish food, the musician from Uzbekistan told me that this is his favorite spot. When I walked