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Harry Miller, Elazig

Published Wednesday July 11, 2018 (11:12:34)
Harry Miller
Who are you?

I am Harry Miller, a 63-year-old American originally from Colorado.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Initially, I moved to Elazig, Turkey, in September of 2010.    more ...


Catie Funk, Izmir

Published Thursday September 07, 2017 (08:50:27)
Catie and her husband
Who are you?

I am travel writer and photographer as well as an expat blogger and podcaster for FunkTravels. I am currently learning Turkish part time. Before our move, I was a university study abroad coordinator.    more ...


Colin, Istanbul

Published Friday February 10, 2017 (17:07:32)
Colin Guest
Who are you?

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


Lisa Morrow, Istanbul

Published Tuesday January 31, 2017 (16:26:19)
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 ...


Colin Guest, Istanbul

Published Monday July 06, 2015 (02:36:37)
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 ...


Louise, Istanbul

Published Thursday December 05, 2013 (03:59:32)
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 ...


Gosia Simonowicz, Istanbul

Published Tuesday December 03, 2013 (00:54:32)
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 ...


Ellen Rabiner, Antalya

Published Friday April 05, 2013 (00:37:04)
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 ...


Helen Simpson, Istanbul

Published Thursday December 01, 2011 (18:38:56)
Helen Simpson
Helen Simpson, Istanbul-based travel writer and editor for online travel guide,

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 ...


Jack Scott, Bodrum

Published Thursday December 01, 2011 (18:31:42)
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 ...

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