I am thinking about backpacking to Istanbul in early September, and need to know a few things first.
* What kind of weather do they have at that time of year?
* How easy/hard is it to communicate with people there (I am always up for learning useful phrases, and making an effort in another language, but I'm no native speaker of Turkish)
* Is it safe for lone travellers? Are there any specific risks or should I just do the 'normal' big city precautions? (I will probably be staying in a hostel, and making friends there)
Thanks a lot for your replies.