That could be flowers, gifts or big romantic gestures.
Men my age are either gay, married, still in their 20s or have more baggage than lost property at Heathrow airport. As my Bulgarian friend said to me, “If you want to catch a train Asha you have to be on the platform.” So here I am on the platform, but the calibre of men here, as I have quickly realised, is hardly the Orient Express.
I’m in a new city and yes I am on a dating website. Either all the locals are liars or they’ve endured some serious hardships.
The Blue Mosque, so-called by visitors because of its incredible Iznik tiles, is actually the Sultan Ahmet Mosque after Ahmet I, who built this stunning structure in 1616.
It’s a working mosque, so five times a day it’s closed to the public and you’ll hear the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer.
Istanbul, Constantinople, Byzantium; whatever you call it, this city is unique.
It’s the only one on Earth to straddle two continents, and a medieval ambassador to the sultan’s court remarked that Istanbul “seemed designed by nature to be the capital of the world”.I believe that as foreigners in Istanbul we have the unique opportunity to meet people from literally all around the globe. Istanbul is a huge metropolis, and unlike smaller cities there are no particular “expat places” where all the foreigners usually hang out.That’s why it’s easier to start your search for friends online.Turkish traditions and culture surrounding the world of love and marriage can be strange to outsiders - and not a little old fashioned.We explore dating, engagement, love and marriage in Turkey and all its glorious variety. But in Turkey's more rural communities the old traditions still live on: arranged marriages, strange rituals like womens’ single status being “advertised” with an empty bottle on the roof of a house (a man would knock the bottle off in order to be assessed for marriage suitability - by the woman’s father, of course).The city is split from north to south by the aquamarine waters of the Bosphorus; a hectic channel linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and acting as a historic boundary between Europe and Asia.