Selin Yesiltas is 8 years old and lives in Istanbul, a city of 14 million people. This one city in Istanbul has almost 3 times the number of people living in it than the whole of Scotland!
Istanbul is such a unique and special city in the world because one side of Istanbul lies on the continent of Europe and the other side is on the Asian continent. Both continents are joined by a bridge. You can stand in Europe, cross the bridge and then you are standing in Asia! If you do not know what the word continent means then your task is to find out!
I spoke to Selin about her life in Istanbul. She explained that there are two types of schools in Istanbul. In one type the children attend classes from 9am to 2.30pm. They can then go home and do their homework there. The other type of school and the one that Selin goes to has classes from 9am to 2.30pm and then the pupils stay on at school to do their homework until 5pm. Which school would you choose to go to? Selin tells me that on their lunch breaks the boys play football and the girls play chasing, skipping and hand games whilst singing. Is this the same in your school? Her favourite thing to do in Istanbul is visit the spice market because she and her family eat fish sandwiches there. Fisherman lightly grill the fish they’ve caught and serve it on bread. It’s a very popular street food in Istanbul.
I asked what message Selin would to give other children in the world about Istanbul. She replied she would like to see all children visit Istanbul because it’s a great city and she loves living here.