City of 15 Million Diverse People

Abdullah Green
1 min readAug 11, 2020

Turkey has a totally different culture than Europe [obviously]. It is natural that when a person comes to this part of the world after living in the Western country for almost half a decade, he will have initial culture shock.

On my first day in Istanbul my jaw dropped when I saw CROWDS of people EVERYWHERE. So many people. So much NOISE that it was difficult to breath freely.

It was really unusual for me. I guess I was too used to a quiet, clean, organised city of Prague with population of only 1 million something people [Istanbul has 15 million population].

Istanbul is sooo huge it is crazy. The only city I have been to - that is as big and diverse - is New York.

Istanbul for me is like Muslim version of New York: huge city, a lot of diverse cultures, crowded, everybody is rushing somewhere, extremely busy city [maybe Paris can also compete with them].

Now I am already more or less used to this busy city. People have been only nice to me so far. I am enjoying listening the sound of Adhaan early in the morning and during the day [there are literally 3 mosques in my neighbourhood].

I am enjoying convenience of having a place to pray wherever I go and of EATING whatever I wish and wherever I wish.

So far it has been only good experiences. I hope it will continue being so.

P.S. Let me know in comments what you think.



Abdullah Green

IT Project Manager at Amazon. Educated in Czechia and England. Enthusiastic about Business, Islam, and Technologies. Currently living in Prague.