Alphe in İstanbul - Where Old Meets New, East Meets West

It's been a great year for Edvisor recently connecting with current and new customers in São Paulo (twice), Dubai, and Moscow. This past week, James and I had the pleasure to travel to İstanbul, Turkey where the latest Alphe conference was being held. For us both, this was the first time in Turkey. Everything about Istanbul is exciting; the culture, the food and the especially the people. Being the capital city of three major empires throughout history - Roman, Latin and Ottoman - you can just feel the energy of the old world mixing with the cultural modernity of today. It is such an amazing city.

We love attending these conferences because we always learn something new about the challenges of being in education consulting. We are kind of obsessed about solving problems. Of course, it's also great to hear about how we've already helped people make their business more efficient and productive. Education Travel is clearly an important part of Turkey's economy. Just a quick chat with locals, reveals that most have studied abroad (or have aspirations to) and believe it necessary to be successful in Turkey.

Melike from Truva International Education Service

But, it isn't all work and no play. We are in Constantinople (aka Byzantium) after all! Here are some of the sights, smells, and tastes of our trip to Istanbul.

Istiklal Street - Shopping and Enteratinment district where more than 3 million people visit each week

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka The Blue Mosque)

Oh, the food! How many dishes can you spot here?

Taksim Square - considered the heart of modern Istanbul

The Bosphorus - The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation

The Grand Bazaar - Built in 1455, it is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with over 3,000 shops and more than 91 million visitors per year

Every time we travel to a new country, the most amazing and memorable part are the people we meet. The relationship is always more than just customer support - we become friends through sharing culture, ideas and especially over some drinks (in Istanbul it was Turkish tea and coffee, we promise). We can't wait until our next adventure and the new friends we will meet there. Up next, Montreal and London. See you soon, friends.