I came across this in my wanderings on the internet recently – thought you might be interested to see it . . .
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEING A BLACK WOMAN IN ISTANBUL
MadameNoire has teamed up with Black Girl Fly to bring you profiles of Black girls taking travel to new heights. Each week we’ll profile a new lady, giving you the details on her latest adventure and everything you should know about being a fly Black girl abroad.
Black Girl Fly: Tammy Freeman
Home city: I’m originally from Queens, NY but I currently reside in Northern Virginia.
Why Turkey? I stopped in Turkey on my way to Italy. Going and coming from Italy I elected for an overnight layover in Istanbul, and I’m so glad I did.
Travel companion? Solo traveler
Length of Stay: 2 days (1 day en route to Italy, 1 day en route from Italy to DC)
How much was your flight? Around $800, but I was flying to Naples, Italy. Flights to Turkey as a final destination are a bit less.
What should you know about being a Black girl in Turkey?
Being in Istanbul, I’m sure the locals have seen people from nearly every nationality. Even when I was out among the locals, no one seems shocked by me being there. It’s very much like NY, people seemed unbothered by my presence for the most part. Compared with a place, like Asia, where black skin is treated as an anomaly and most act like they’ve never seen a black person before! Turkey was amazing. Great people, a plethora of things to see and do.