Gunaydin! A warm and humid morning here in suburban Melbourne. Just realised that last week I passed my 6 month anniversary since “evacuation” from an empty Istanbul airport in those early days of Covid drama. Today I decided to swing an old picnic table and chair onto the communal front lawn of my … [Read more...] about Springtime in Melbourne – cok yasa!
A few years ago I was chatting with a Turkish teacher friend in London about her trip home to her family’s tiny village in central Turkey. She told me how she’d taken her parents the usual sack-load of mainstream souvenirs from her global travels. Her Mum’s response “Thanks…but please just bring … [Read more...] about Building bridges – Naturally
Many years as a professional project manager drilled into me the discipline of sharing with others your lessons learned at the end of any project. And this was SOME project! So here it is, the story of my path to Turkish residency. Hope it helps. Why am I here? That’s a long story. In a nutshell, … [Read more...] about Turkish Residency (Ikamet) – lessons learned
Dream: When I’d planned my move to Turkey, I’d always dreamed of living somewhere green and rustic, close to the earth, immersed in structures of rough-hewn wood and cosy kilim furnishings. A romantic notion fuelled by memories of wide-eyed travels through amazing rural places such as Safranbolu, … [Read more...] about Reality dawns on the Turkish pipe-dream?
I read a few articles on the subject of mobile phone registration in Turkey. Most of them suggested this needs to be done within 60 days or your phone gets locked. One Turkish friend advised that it’s now a 120 day limit (2018). I didn’t want to take the chance of losing my “lifeline” so decided to … [Read more...] about Registering a mobile phone in Turkey