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Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul, 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, The Atlantic's City Lab, Middle East Eye, Roads and Kingdoms, Deutsche Welle, 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.
June 22, 2019

Ben-u Sen: Daily Blessings

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
May 30, 2019

Köy Börek: Instant Classic

Istanbul -- Baruthane Avenue perpendicularly ascends from the beginning of Dolapdere Avenue, a mysterious valley of shady night clubs, hotels and auto repair shops. It passes through our dear neighborhood of Kurtuluş, at one point intersecting with its main street and continuing on in a more commercial character. Read more