Photo Courtesy of Dustin Aksland
While weather is often the most-discussed topic in many countries, in Istanbul it’s all about the traffic. "Çok trafik ya!" is heard often, meaning “Too much traffic!” Istanbulites accept that people run late to events, and they joke about the waylaid time phenomenon known as "Turkish time." If you’re using the roads to get around, do plan ahead to avoid peak traffic (7am–9am and 4pm–7pm).