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    Ken Grubb

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    IbrahimAbi

    Isparta


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    Sunny

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  1. When I was home in February, there is a great cafe near my Mum's house in Kings Heath, Birmingham. I was ordering my breakfastfrom the lady and she finished and left, brushing my knife onto the floor in the process. First thing she said (muttered) was 'aaah siktir!' and picked my knife up. As soon as I heard it, I went back into Turkish language mode and said 'Efendim?' Bearing in mind this is Birmingham... She was so shocked and embarrassed that I understood her because not many people speak/understand Turkish in my neck of the woods, she apologised profusely to me and we struck up a real
    7 points
  2. Source: Time Out Istanbul, by: Santiago Brusadin 1. You automatically take off your shoes when entering a house. 2. You’ve tried all the types of street food Istanbul offers: corn, stuffed mussels, chickpeas on rice, nuts, pomegranate juice, popcorn... 3. Not a day goes by without drinking at least one çay (tea). If it does, you feel weird about it. 4. Friends don’t invite you to their homes for dinner, but for breakfast. 5. You know the name of the guy at the bakkal (corner store) on your street. 6. Everything is çok (very): çok güzel, çok iyi, çok ayıp... 7. You hav
    6 points
  3. Tell him you want to spend some time with him and ask him to lend you the airfare.
    6 points
  4. First of All I strongly recommend not to buy from the Development stage construction. If you want be hassle free, only go to finished properties which already have ISKAN document... İSKAN BELGESİ (document) is the main document which construction companies has to show this construction has been completed regarding its architectural plans and debt free to receive it. And if the construction does not have İskan document, means you strongly will be faced off problems in near future. But still you can say I want to buy a property from a project, I warn you this means %50 less price maybe but
    6 points
  5. My tongue firmly in cheek article regarding marrying a beautiful Turkish girl http://maninantalya.blogspot.com/2013/03/so-you-want-turkish-wife.html
    6 points
  6. I had such a good laugh reading through some of the threads in this section. There were so many times where I was like omg that is so true haha I thought I was the only one who thought this. I thought I would just share some of my ideas on things I found different here. I live with my bf and his fam for over a year now and there have been many things I noticed different lol. - Cleaning! Omg do Turkish women ever stop cleaning I feel so dirty?? I am usually known to be really clean back home but here I feel like I am not up to standard lol. Wearing those house slippers all the time! Making
    6 points
  7. This was my first time to visit Ankara. Compared with other cities in Turkey, Ankara, despite the fact it is the capital city, is less well-known for some reason. (At least to me). Many of my friends actually believed Istanbul is the capital of Turkey. One thing that impressed me about Ankara is that the streets are very neat and clean. The whole city is pretty quiet. I loved the small mansions along the little streets. And the roads are twisted and sloped, which are attractive to me. Unfortunately, I was in Ankara to meet Chinese counselor and ambassador, so my exploration of the city wa
    6 points
  8. my spawn spent her first 8 years in cali and traveling to turkey every summer. at home my ex spoke turkish and i spoke english with her so (as i mentioned) she grew up fluent in both languages and had no problems with it in school until we came here (she could speak/understand turkish fluently but couldn't read/write in turkish), but even that wasn't a huge problem; she picked it up very quickly and is now an avid reader in both languages and gets along very well in school, has never had a problem making friends (actually has somewhat of a celebrity status coming from cali), she's been to 4 di
    6 points
  9. Sunny

    What Are Our Kids?

    In my book it doesn't matter if someone is black, white, blue or green with orange spots, we are all human beings (with a few exceptions) and should be treated as such. It is behaviour that is important and the way we lead our lives.
    6 points
  10. Hi Gigi--I read your post and feel compelled to chip in. The sister of a former co-worker had a very similar situation as you do: she met someone over the internet, they communicated over the internet for a period of months, perhaps a year or more, and then he came to the States to marry her. She was so worried that he might back out upon seeing her (she was very overweight and insecure about that) that she arranged to have a justice of the peace at the airport, so he could marry them as soon as she met him in baggage claim. They married thus, and I do know that he was able to get his gree
    6 points
  11. To be honest Gigi even if you come over here and get married I don't think you have much of a chance to getting him a visa for the US as you would have only meet him once, and that was to get married. The US like the UK are very strict about things like that and they won't like it. Also the fact that he has already been turned down for a student visa. The reality is and I have to be blunt as there is no point telling you everything else, so please don't take it the wrong way, but you are 51 and he is 32, it doesn't matter how young you look or even how old he may look. At the end of the
    6 points
  12. Thank you for that, that's a very nice post and we will help if we can. As I am over 65 I am now confined pretty much to my house and garden so helping others online will be a pleasant distraction from my normal day to day activities.
    5 points
  13. For those of us interested in learning Turkish, I highly recommend the program DuoLingo. It's free, and available on your desktop or as an app. I have just started a Turkish club through DuoLingo, so if anyone is interested in joining just download the app or find it online, and use the code P25XNW! Cheers!
    5 points
  14. IbrahimAbi

    Turkey today

    Where in Turkey were you today? What did you see? let's add one photo to share the moment and encourage others to get out and about. Yesterday we were walking the dogs around Lake Eğirdir in Isparta province
    5 points
  15. I see bars, cafes, restaurants and various stores open and close all the time. So it is risky, and there are much safer places to invest money. Often, opening a small business is basically giving yourself a low-paying job with very long hours and a lot of work! So I don't have a high opinion of starting a business in Turkey. The first thing to do is write a business plan. This is not something one should do in their head, it needs to be written. There are plenty of resources that can be found in Google about how to write one, as well as examples. Writing a business plan will also force o
    5 points
  16. From what I am reading, it doesn't look like the situation for the Turkish Lira is going to improve for a while. I think any country which has a coup, not to mention the other problems Turkey has right now, is going to be considered a risky place to invest. And if you invest in a country, you have to invest using their currency. When investments drop, demand for the currency drops, then the price drops as investors find safer places to put their money. I remember back in 2000 when Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit had an argument with another government official, which indicated that the governmen
    5 points
  17. Cukurbagli

    Snow in Antalya

    Had it here in Çukurbağ too.
    5 points
  18. Ken Grubb

    What should I believe?

    Love scam artists, and other scam artists I have met in Turkey, never ask for money right away. They work multiple people at the same time, who pay off at different times. So they are patient. Not only that, but a lot of the love scammers really just want to go somewhere other than Turkey, so you might be his ticket. So meet the parents or not, it still doesn't mean you're not being scammed or that there is no hidden agenda. I hope you're not being scammed, and it would be wonderful to hear later that you got married and lived the rest of your lives together in total happiness. I'm just s
    5 points
  19. Your evisa would have expired,it's only valid for 6 months [ Jan to June ] ,so when your student residency ran out,you were in effect here illegally. You should now contact the Turkish Embassy in your home country & ask them to contact Immigration in Turkey to find out your situation.
    5 points
  20. I've had a Turkish credit card with every bank here i've been with, the only restriction is that it's capped standard at 1k tl. Never asked if the ceiling figure can be raised, i assume it could be if asked and there were funds to cover it. I've never been refused on any Turkish buying site with it. In fact many sites won;'t accept my UK visa credit card & will only accept a Turkish credit [not debit ] card.
    5 points
  21. Hello Roro, welcome to Turkey Central. As you are aware there has been an attempted military coup here in Turkey. As a result of that thousands of army men have been arrested. I would imagine that the rest of the men in the army are now under very strict discipline so even if your boyfriend has not been arrested he may not be allowed access to a computer or phone. Try not to worry too much and trust that he will get in touch with you when he can.
    5 points
  22. A dumb thing an American (or maybe Canadian) tourist might say: "Turkey's too dangerous. Let's go to Mexico!"
    5 points
  23. Fil

    Moving to Turkey

    Hello Gemfamily, Please excuse the brevity of my response last night, I shall try to be more helpful now. It is difficult to see from your posts the underllying assumptions and reasons for considering moving to Turkey. I can understand that London is the opposite of quiet, peaceful and living and working there is certainly stressful, but so is living and working in Turkey. It is debatable which is more so, but it will be extremely hard to find peace and quiet in any big Turkish city, especially in Antalya. That is why I am wondering how much experience you have of life in Turkey, and
    5 points
  24. Private schools will set you back 10000TL to 35000TL a year for your older daughter. The younger one is kindergarten age, that will be 450TL per month up to 1000TL per month. Whether you choose state or private you will need to provide a lot of back-up and additional support. Speaking personally I do not think the private schools provide anything like value for money. The teachers are the same as in state schools. The curriculum is the same. The private schools' main selling point is teaching English, which presumably yours already have, so they will be wasting their time for 12 lesson
    5 points
  25. Ken Grubb

    Turkish Men

    There have been some disastrous relationships between foreign women and the Turkish men they've met on holiday. It's the women who end up suffering as a result, even after the "relationship" has gone on for some time. Yes, some of these romances work out well, and I'm definitely not trying to paint all Turkish men with the same broad brush.Remember this, ladies: The learned (and practiced) skills which make a man a good barman, animator, or waiter, the skills which enable him to convince passers-by to eat their restaurant are the same skills which make him good with women.Turkish Men – Why You
    5 points
  26. Hi. I am a Turkish man in his fifties who has lived most of his adult life abroad in English speaking countries. General Turkish education system produces a certain type of person. When that is coupled with a traditional family background, the result is a certain type of person which makes up roughly 90 to 95 percent of the Turkish population. However, there is a small percentage of Turkish population which follow a path outside this system (educated abroad or having a family outside the typical). If your Turkish boyfriend/girlfriend/lover/partner/husband/wife is in this 10%, then things are
    5 points
  27. sue

    Our Kids At School

    We've been in Istanbul for 15 months now, and here is some of our experience of putting English speaking kids into school.As we arrived here in September, and it took us a month to be able to move into our new flat, and then another month to be full up and running, it was November before the kids were ready to go to school.At that point I was working in a couple of part-time jobs, so the only option, as we don't have the finances for an International School, was to send the kids to the local state school.State SchoolProsJust at the end of the streetSmall classes (although this is unusual)Wonde
    5 points
  28. Remember, taking the Metrobus is an art in itself. Keep your shoulders strong, look straight ahead and take no prisoners.
    5 points
  29. The Gezi park protests were nothing to do with Muslim or non Muslim. Most of the protesters were Muslims, probably 99.9% . They were peaceably trying to protect Gezi park from redevelopment but were harshly treated by the police. Because of this other people protested about the brutality of the police and the whole thing escalated with people becoming angry about the way RTE was heading, becoming very dictatorial and suppressing the press, telling people how many children to have and not to drink alcohol, even though Turkey is a secular state. The whole thing could have been over in a couple o
    5 points
  30. Abi

    A One-day Trip To Ankara

    Good you are getting out and about Conan. I have only been in Ankara twice and like Sunny it was in winter, we were on business each time so really didn't get to have a look around as much as I wanted as we also had to visit relatives. I had a surprising experience when I visited the relatives. As we drove out of the city I could see a mass of illegal housing and said look at that who would want to live like that. My husband said our relative and that's where we are going and that I would be surprised when I got there. Well I was surprised, although it looks a jumble from the road yo
    5 points
  31. I LOVE Chinese food. But I have probably never really experienced it because I have never been in China. Anyway, here in Turkey, if I don't go out, it's cereal, with sliced bananas on top and milk. Rather boring. But if I go out for a Turkish breakfast, sometimes it looks like this! But what I really like, sometimes, is the English breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, fried mushrooms, and HP sauce. Mostly everything you shouldn't eat. I have never had such a breakfast until I came to Turkey. In America, we can only compete with our "steak and eggs" breakfast. But I think th
    5 points
  32. Vic801

    Diy Philly Cream Cheese

    Mods, take note!
    5 points
  33. I wanted to write this last night but found it difficult. It happened to me several times in the metro in Paris and every time it was the same thing, I was frozen and unable to do what I knew theoretically. I knew that what I should do was to say something loudly and make the other passengers look up from their newspapers, but would they? And every time I was tetanised and incapable of just saying "Stop doing that". Was it the fear of being the centre of attention? Of making a fuss in public, which is not my thing and goes against the way I was brought up in the UK? I don't know but I couldn't
    5 points
  34. Fil

    Sexual Harrassment

    Last Sunday I was on a bus with Mrs Fil going through Antalya. We were standing. A young man who had been standing in the middle of the aisle near the front moved to stand just in front of us, with his coat over his arm, next to a young woman in her early twenties. Suddenly Mrs Fil slapped him twice on the arm and pushed him away. She shouted what are you doing get your hands away from her (in Turkish). She then told the driver to stop the bus and get the young man off the bus. The bus stopped and the young man got off without saying a word. He had been touching the young woman’s bottom using
    5 points
  35. TaterTot

    What Have I Done?

    Well, you didn't really end with a question for us, so there's not really anything to say...But you did say you were in a pickle... how? I think what you did was avoid a potential FUBAR situation. You were ready to end your life in the UK and start in Turkey for a paper tiger. You didn't even have a job over there.I say: throw yourself into your work, take some time off from ANY men and do some self-examination on what it is about you that you allowed yourself to get involved with a 30 year old man with LOTS of baggage with NO prospects.I don't know your past posts, but look to the future
    5 points
  36. Cukurbagli

    What Have I Done?

    Stop wrecking another woman's marriage, leave him alone and find a single man for yourself.
    5 points
  37. and how many men get told the truth....... my options would be I have been saving myself for you darling (those strecthmarks the result of rapid growth spurt in my teens, thats not a c-section scar I just had a very big appendix) or belt out a few bars of Madonna's like a virgin or depending on where the relationship is at the answer could be enough to know you are not up to much
    5 points
  38. Bill,Please don't be upset if the views expressed on here are not what you wanted to hear.But I've heard a lot of cases where $20,000 is just a starting sum. Soon you MIGHT be asking to pay for operations or trips for family members that you'll never see. I don't know this woman from Adam... and 9/10 times there is genuine love out there, but as soon as someone is asking me for $20,000 the alarm bells start ringing.If you're paying for the engagement ceremony then organise it yourself. Don't hand over the money then be surprised if your ceremony is at Mehmet Amca's fish restaurant and you're p
    5 points
  39. As with beauty, ugliness is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder. Who has judged that yenge is an ugly word? If it has no place in Istanbul Turkish, what do you call your brother's/uncle's wife? You dismiss what is "too common in rural areas and among uneducated people", yet this is also a rich part of Turkish culture ......... is it not? There is so much more to Turkey than what exists within the walls of Istanbul.
    5 points
  40. Hi Quinn, I just want to share with you my experience in moving here to Turkey, hopefully it'll put you a little more at ease. My wife is Turkish, and her parents are also separated (permanently, but not divorcing). We were living in Los Angeles for 8+ years, my daughter was born there (she has dual citizenship from birth) and my parents were a 40 minute drive away. My father has diabetes and heart disease, and has been in forced retirement for several years. I had worked in landscaping for 10+ years, mainly because the economy and my lack of experience in anything else prohibited me from chan
    5 points
  41. Hi Angelica,Your story sounds a little like how I met my boyfriend. He was also exchange student in my country when we met and in the end, he transferred his studies to my university and we started our relationship. Of course our story is different since we didn't face to long distance relationship more than a few months at time. I may sound quite harsh now and I'm sorry for that, but I don't know how else to say what I think. In my opinion, you shouldn't be so worried about him and do not compare him to Turkish love rats who are from tourist resorts or hunting foreign girls online. If he was
    5 points
  42. as012a2568

    Moving to turkey soon

    Just like Ibrahim Ali we live in a village location. Not far from Bozcaada island our house overlooks the sea with a main town 22 km away and Canakkale around 70 km away. It means that we can get a flight to either Ankara or Istanbul fairly easily if we want to travel overseas but we have settled her permanently so we don't have to worry about visas or residency permits etc. One thing that Ibrahim Ali has already pointed out and something which is very important. You really do need to speak Turkish if you want to live in a Turkish village. Our village is a bit remote and if we have Turki
    4 points
  43. Sarah

    Talked Online...Mistake?

    Sorry but 98 percent of mens allways make trouble!! ken and greenstein are right.. What can he able to do with you!!?nothing at all! So don't worry ..but remember this experience for your future ..being friend in net and fall in love in this virtual environment is FALSE..so be carefull you don't know who's his parents..who is he exactly..these kind of connection aren't safe at all actually in the real world and around yourself you'll be find a person who will loves you honestly ..you don't need to this kind of loves!that's it ..all of them are just a lie.. now just smile and back to your life
    4 points
  44. Oh well, that woman must be trolling. Let's not fall on it.
    4 points
  45. Meral

    GBP & USD up against TL !

    Just noticed the value of both GBP & USD has shot up against the lira. GBP currently worth 3.0040 TL & USD is up to 1.9424 TL. This is good news for those members with income sourced from those countries ! Unfortunately no change in AUD -- still 1.7847 TL ...... it's been a bit higher in the past, even higher than USD, but things have changed. These figures are from http://www.exchange-rates.org/ & may vary of course.
    4 points
  46. Good things come to those who wait Conrad! It takes time to break down social concepts of foreigners. My wife's father refused to see me for months because I wasn't Armenian. So I took the bull by the horns and went to visit him in his shop and spoke to him. I had to sacrifice a lot mind...I had to tell him I loved Cliff Richard, he then proceeded to give 5 compilation CDs. If you're polite and humble you won't have a problem.
    4 points
  47. Thanks Swabs- really very kind of you. Well, I think we can not see why so many Turkish guys are trying to find a foreign bride:) Even with all her strange ways though, I wouldn't swap my wife for the world....damm sure she would swap me for a years supply of Domestos though One that always has me shaking my head in total disbelieve is her incredible claim " Pizza gives you cancer"
    4 points
  48. When my husband applied over 12 years ago he was interviewed at the British Consulate in Istanbul. In those days you submitted your paperwork at the Consulate and were given an appointment and were told at the interview whether the person was successful or not. He was lucky and got an appointment 1 month later. Because he was successful he was able to present his passport and got the visa the same day. However, not long ago a husband of one of our members after many many weeks after submitting his application was then told he had to attend an interview at the BC but didn't give him a date
    4 points
  49. Hi randomguy and welcome. I saw you mentioned in chat that you spend your time between Bangladesh and Dubai, You and Turks may be Muslims but there the difference ends. The culture and lifestyle of Bangladesh and for that matter all Asian countries iare very different to Turkey. The status of women in Asia and Bangladesh in particular is considerably inferior to men . Whereas in Turkey women have equality and polygamous marriage is against the law, whereas in Asia it is still rife. Sunny has made some excellent points regarding Turkish insularism. There are so many differences , I believe yo
    4 points
  50. Quinn, it is quite normal for you to be anxıous and worked up about the whole thing. It is a huge move - a new job, a move, a new country, a new lifestyle, separation from loved ones etc. Every time I started a new job I would spend the day before throwing up. There is the rational theoretical side of things (I am a well-balanced capable adult and this is the right decision to take at the right time) and the emotional side of things (I'm just a little girl really and I don't want to go, and what if I hate it and everybody hates me and I don't make any friends etc.)All ı can say is that once yo
    4 points
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