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Homeless in Turkey?

Written on: Thursday May 14th, 2009

Yes, I am up at 1:30 am hunting for a home in Turkey instead of doing my essay, but hey at least I won't be homeless in Istanbul, right?

I sure hope not!

Last week was all rosy and I had a home in Istanbul, with a beautiful view, awesome landlord and only $250/month.  Sounds too good to be true right? Well it was.  Last week I met with another York student who is an international student from Istanbul, so he knows all of the ins and outs of Turkey.  He advised me that the location of my too-good-to-be-true-home-in-Istanbul is 2 hours away from my placement, so we gave it up.  Now we're on the hunt, again.  

As of now, we are calling up countless Hostels in Istanbul trying to get accommodated for at least a month.  At this point, we have sacrificed a private bathroom in hopes of lowering our monthly rent by a couple houndred Euros.  As of now, we are finding places that are at least 800 Euros per month, which is roughly $1300 CAD, which is going to be divided by 2 people so about $650/month.  Its high-tourist season in Istanbul so hopefully they will sympathize with us and give us a price of 600Euros.  We're playing that whole, "We are students on a budged and we are afraid of not finding a place to stay so please help us out" card.  

I honestly can't wait to get there! House hunting in Istanbul would be better in Istanbul, than in Toronto.  A lot of places are asking for deposits, and we can't afford to trust them.  Also, being in Istanbul means not having to write essays and preparing for exams.  Sounds exciting, no?







From vivian on May 15th, 2009

on the subject of food you need to try maras dondurma when you're in turkey. like, you HAVE to.