In general, even in larger, less conservative cities, dating is a serious enterprise, and there isn’t a lot of casual dating going on.
Oddly, an “I love you” comes quite early on - and it’s followed by romantic gestures to prove the strength of your love.
The city is split from north to south by the aquamarine waters of the Bosphorus; a hectic channel linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and acting as a historic boundary between Europe and Asia.
According to a 2013 study, “while social circles increase through early adulthood, friendship networks peak and start to decrease as you move through your twenties.” When you move to a new country, especially not knowing the local language, the adaptation process may be exacerbated by feelings of loneliness.It hit me a few weeks after moving to Istanbul two years ago.I was stressed and confused by so many things like accommodation and paperwork, but what struck me the most was the realization that I did not have any friends.Men my age are either gay, married, still in their 20s or have more baggage than lost property at Heathrow airport. As my Bulgarian friend said to me, “If you want to catch a train Asha you have to be on the platform.” So here I am on the platform, but the calibre of men here, as I have quickly realised, is hardly the Orient Express.I’m in a new city and yes I am on a dating website. Either all the locals are liars or they’ve endured some serious hardships.