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Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Colin, Istanbul

Posted by: Scar on Friday February 10, 2017 (11:07:32)   (581 Reads)
Colin Guest
Who are you?

My name is Colin Guest, a 76 year old retired Englishman.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Lisa Morrow, Istanbul

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday January 31, 2017 (10:26:19)   (783 Reads)
Lisa Morrow
Who are you?

I’m from Australia where I trained as a sociologist but became an English language teacher instead. I started a blog about three years ago and then decided to get more serious about my writing. Three books later, I now also write for international websites and magazines. I’m especially passionate about rice pudding and funiculars.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Colin Guest, Istanbul

Posted by: Carole on Sunday July 05, 2015 (21:36:37)   (907 Reads)
Colin Guest
As a result of losing my wife to cancer shortly after retiring, at the age of 72, I later married a wonderful Turkish lady. From living in my home of twenty years in the country on the Turkish Mediterranean Coast, I moved to live in Istanbul. It is an incredible difference living here, where the traffic is thick and furious, and no apparent regard for traffic rules. The only ones that seem to apply are those you make yourself.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Louise, Istanbul

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday December 04, 2013 (21:59:32)   (2526 Reads)
Who are you?

My name is Louise, originally from Birmingham UK.

When where and why did you move abroad?

I moved just two months ago this week to Istanbul. A last minute decision and job offer saw my partner and I pack up our flat, our lives and our jobs to come and teach English in Turkey. I have been looking to teach English abroad for years now, but for one reason or another I hadn't got round to it. Originally searching for jobs in South Korea an agency advertising for jobs in various locations around the world asked where we would consider going. Turkey was something that I had not previously considered, but the more I thought about it the more I thought why not?   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Gosia Simonowicz, Istanbul

Posted by: Carole on Monday December 02, 2013 (18:54:32)   (1818 Reads)
Gosia Simonowicz
Who are you?

I’m Gosia Simonowicz and I’m a Polish student, currently living in Istanbul

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I always thought that world is too big to stay just in one place throughout your whole life, so as soon as I turned 18 I decided that it’s time to go and discover and…so I went. I first moved to the UK, after being accepted to one of the London universities. I lived there for 4 years and had my first steps into adulthood made in there. Later on, as part of my MA program, I moved to Istanbul, which was a decision made on the basis of being attracted to the East and its oriental culture.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Ellen Rabiner, Antalya

Posted by: Carole on Thursday April 04, 2013 (19:37:04)   (3393 Reads)
Ellen Rabiner
Who are you?

I am an American opera singer and former lawyer.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Antalya, Turkey in March of 2010. I came here because I wanted to go someplace I'd never been and to explore a new culture and language. I also wanted sun, beach and low cost of living.

What challenges did you face during the move?

One challenge of moving into my own apartment was getting it set up with the basics. In the U.S. An unfurnished apartment has a refrigerator, stove, heat and hot water. In Turkey you have to buy everything, including your own water heater and heat/air conditioning unit.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Helen Simpson, Istanbul

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday December 01, 2011 (12:38:56)   (3685 Reads)
Helen Simpson
Helen Simpson, Istanbul-based travel writer and editor for online travel guide, www.myistanbulinfo.com.

I moved to Istanbul, Turkey, at the end of 2009 to help set up an online guide to Istanbul. I first came here on an extended travelling holiday and fell in love with the city, so I decided to stay and try to make a life here.


What challenges did you face during the move?

Because I moved alone, the task of making friends, finding a home and navigating (geographically and culturally!) around this colossal city were left up to me.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Jack Scott, Bodrum

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday December 01, 2011 (12:31:42)   (2259 Reads)
Jack Scott
My name is Jack Scott, originally from London.

Last year I moved to Bodrum in Turkey with my civil partner, Liam. I was a petty bureaucrat for 30 years gently ascending a career ladder to middle management, middle income and a middling suburban terrace; comfortable, secure and passionately dissatisfying. We thought it high time to take a break from our labours, put our feet up and watch the pansies grow while we were young enough to enjoy it.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Colin Guest, Kemer

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday December 01, 2011 (11:35:53)   (1804 Reads)
Colin feeding lion cub in S.A.
My name is Colin Guest; I am originally from England but now live in Turkey. In 1988, I accepted a contract to work in Turkey, on a hotel complex down on the Mediterranean coast at a place named Kemer. Until moving to Turkey, I had no knowledge of what life was like living there. I was pleased to find that Kemer was in a beautiful location being right on the edge of the Mediterranean, backed by the pine forested Taurus Mountains. The hotel complex was just outside of Kemer and set around several coves next to a long sandy beach, overall it was perfect. As my contract was married status my wife Jenny joined me a month after I arrived here. During the first month of my wife being in Kemer, the company put us into a hotel until they found a suitable apartment. We later moved into a furnished apartment above a Turkish carpet shop in the main street.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Turkey

Turkey

Tara Lutman Agacayak, Istanbul

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday December 01, 2011 (10:33:47)   (1718 Reads)
Tara Lutman Agacayak
My name is Tara Lutman Agacayak. In 2002 I married my Turkish husband and moved to Turkey to be with him.

My biggest challenges were not knowing Turkish and not having a support network to help me through the culture shock. There were no other foreigners in the small town where we first ended up living so I didn’t have anyone to talk with who I could relate to. But slowly as my Turkish improved and as I made friends with other expats, I began to find my place and feel settled in.   more ...

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