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Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul, CBs social media editor and one of our Istanbul correspondents, is a freelance journalist and writer who has called Istanbul home for over 5 years. He completed an MA in Turkish Studies at Sabancı University, and has written for Al Jazeera, The National, Roads and Kingdoms, Deutsche Welle, Jacobin Magazine and others. He loves exploring the far-flung reaches of Istanbul and plays guitar in the band Foton Kuşağı.

Recent stories by Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Interested in exploring this neighborhood? Join our Shop, Cook, Feast activity to go deep in Kurtulus.
March 6, 2017

Ben-u Sen: Daily Blessings

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Istanbul -- Istanbul's Kurtuluş neighborhood is home to a number of slow-burners, establishments that may be hidden in plain view due to their plainness but that end up becoming some of our favorites. Gimmicks don’t fly in down-to-earth Kurtuluş, where neighborly ties are strong and home-cooked meals are preferred. Read more
February 14, 2017

Lipa: Meze On the Edge of Town

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Istanbul -- Convincing someone to accompany you to Istanbul’s Pendik district is no small feat. The Asian-side suburb is located in the far eastern reaches of the city, a trip of at least an hour and a half from the city center requiring no less than three metros and a cab. Read more