Istanbul has had a record growth in the last 5-10 years. You can see this in every corner of the tourist city. People are flooding the streets of Istikal avenue and the shops are always packed with tourists wiling to spend their liras in anything from a simple souvenir to an expensive digital gadget. But is this the real Istanbul or is it just an image, a cover to hide the life of the real people working hard to make ends meet? I am not so sure.