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    Çeşme, İzmir

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  1. That must be how new words get invented then Chris! Must add oşkur to my list of words to use in certain relevant situations!
  2. Hehe, I guess we might have to find people from those eastern Ankara regions to ask if they've ever heard the word used. Could it be that the guy who used it just .. er, well.. made it up?
  3. What a wonderful couple.. helping the world & with politics left well aside!
  4. Pure speculation on my part... could it be a strange way of saying (in disgust) teşekkür when you really mean the opposite (since it's apparently something derogatory)?
  5. Never heard such an expression & couldn't find anything in dictionaries. As you say it seems to be derogatory, might it be some sort of local contraction of osuruk, which means fart...?
  6. If it was only 6 months ago you bought the Turkish SIM card, your phone has likely entered the "passive" mode. Passive mode starts 180 days after you last put credit on, & means you cannot make calls but you can receive calls for a further 90 days. If you top up your credit during passive mode, your phone will become active again. If not, your SIM will be cancelled & you may have the option of buying your number back again up to 12 months (but not 100% sure of this), otherwise just buy a new SIM. Not sure how things work if you were being billed monthly.The following is from
  7. You're right Göreme, the website isn't up to scratch! As Ken says, you can buy a ticket at the Izmir bus terminal as buses do generally go every 30 to 40 minutes, or phone them for same. I haven't used the route for almost 2 years so there may be some "viral" changes. If you're planning to return via the same route, be sure to make a phone booking for the Çeşme-Izmir leg as it's often crowded during tourist season. But if you want to go straight back to Istanbul, other bus companies such as Ulusoy, Kamil Koç or Metro depart from Çeşme direct (so you won't have to change buses at Izmir
  8. Here's the website https://www.cesmeseyahat.com/ You can book online or just call them...
  9. Yes, that would be so, Sonia. But now, because of COVD-19, that kids have had to do their schooling at home, online or via TV (with parental supervision), it might just catch on a bit more. Same might happen with jobs as people find it's plausible to work from home.
  10. Hi Selim, I think your thoughts about Turkey's economic & political situation are amazingly accurate -- obviously you are closely following what's going on here. Years ago we had interesting discussions on this forum about Turkey's chances of being accepted into the EU,. I was (& still am) of the opinion it wouldn't be anytime soon. In fact Germany did say at one stage it would never happen while RTE stays in power. The education system is indeed a disaster, having seen so many changes under the current ruling party. Youngsters have little hope of finding decent jobs,
  11. MEIzmir.... I actually saw it on HalkTV night before last....
  12. And now it seems the head of the MHP Devlet Bahçeli has put forward a proposal that users must log in to their social media accounts by kimlik numbers..... this is extremely concerning to say the least! I hope it doesn't succeed.
  13. Hi Mary, welcome to the forum. I think the guy you've been dating has suddenly got cold feet (changed his mind about your relationship), but could not face telling you or to explain why. If everything was going well & normal (as you say) until he was faced with your child online, perhaps that had something to do with it? I may be wrong of course... it just seems to have happened at that point. If he doesn't contact you again it likely means it's finished -- although it's not a nice way to do it.. by ghosting you. I don't think it's usual for Turkish men to behave like this, altho
  14. Dear tequelinka, you will be having some difficult times in your own mind to look at both sides of the situation & make a decision for yourself. I wish you good luck in your journey.... and.. Oncebitten, I hope you made it back home before the travel bans... it seems the Corona virus is impacting heavily on people's destinies at this time, sometimes turning our worlds upside down. I also wish a good outcome for you. It really would be nice if the two of you could mutually support each other, as it is your personal lives & destinies that are at stake! God bless you both! :
  15. Confirmed cases now well over 1800, with 44 deaths. Yes, it would be interesting to know the locations of these deaths, & even more interesting to know why the authorities are withholding that information. Because those of us over 65 are now forcefully confined to our homes, we can't travel or "avoid" areas of high deaths anyway... Yesterday in Ceşme I was reprimanded, first at the Electricity authority for coming in to pay the bill, & then by a traffic policeman who kindly encouraged me to return home a.s.a.p. Though I was masked & gloved all along I knew I should be at ho
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