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Help! Best place to live: Istanbul vs. Izmir?

Hello all! I'm planning on moving to Turkey this coming January and I'm trying to decide where to live. I've always wanted to live in Istanbul for the incredible history (I'm a huge history buff), cultural attractions, churches (I'm catholic), and the mystery of the city. I'm still looking for a job and currently getting my TEFL certification from Oxford Seminars. I wasn't even thinking about another city until I read that because there are so many international people speaking English in Istanbul, I won't HAVE to learn Turkish. (I really want to learn Turkish). Also, I've heard that because of the large number of English teachers, schools don't honor contracts and offer the minimum. I understand that everyone who is reading this is probably all for Istanbul, but any sort of feedback would be amazing.