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NatalieSayin

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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in The Laz and Hemsin Communities of the Black Sea region   
    A new documentary has been released talking about the Laz and Hemsin communities of the Black Sea region of Turkey. Expats with friends from that area might be interested in it and I am certain, people from Rize and Trabzon will.
    Called Dance the Past into the Future, it is in Turkish with English subtitles.
     
    See my review here : http://turkishtravelblog.com/laz-hemsin-turkey/
     
    Or watch the trailer on Vimeo
     

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    NatalieSayin reacted to JustaPassenger in Altinkum Webcam   
    A webcam from one of the beach hotels in Altinkum. See what's happening in Altinkum, any time.
     
    http://95.0.186.165/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=33438
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Earthquake   
    I felt this in Altinkum. Well a wobbling balcony is hard to ignore!
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in My Method For Vocabulary Acquisition   
    The only thing that seems to work for me, is writing the word 20 times. Of course, using it in daily conversations helps long term memory as well
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Goreme1990 in Transfering a property/Buying off a friend   
    Your story is quite confusing but if I have it right, then you are doing the same as what I did a couple of months ago.
    The sellers can not travel to Turkey right?
    So we got London Legal International in the UK, to draft the POA. They got the Turkish consulate in London to approve it. Then sent it via registered post to their Izmir branch. The lawyer there (his name was on the POA )met me at the Tapu office in Didim and all was done and dusted. Really easy.
    Re the bit about the seller saying he can not give POA, I agree that is very strange. POAs are done all the time. My third party was the Izmir branch of London Legal international
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    NatalieSayin reacted to Ken Grubb in Relocation to Turkey questions   
    Normally it's the same as the first month's rent. I don't know what that would be in Bursa, but I assume it would be around 500 TL. If the landlord asks for an exorbitant amount for a deposit, walk away. They are simply trying to get as much of a deposit as they can because they have no intention of ever refunding it.
    Have a look at this article:
    Turkey Utilities
    For electricity there's no deposit, just a fee for the hookup and I don't know how much that is. For water, there's a small deposit (like 50 TL) that you get back when you move.
    Electric and water are applied for separately. For electric service, you need to visit the local Tedaş (teh-dash) office, or the equivalent in Bursa, that's the electric company. For water, that is handled by the municipality, or belediye (beh-leh-dee-yey). You can set this up at the local  belediye government building.
    Yes. You would need to talk to a landlord in advance about having pets. Pet-friendly apartment buildings can be found, but they are not abundant.
    Unless you have your own health insurance, if you will be working in Turkey, you will be signed up for the Turkish government's healthcare plan.
    I have never heard of it.
     
    It's good. I live in an area of Antalya where the internet service is bad by comparison. But still streaming movies, talking on Skype, and downloading is no problem.
    Search the forums for Bursa, and also the members' section for the keyword Bursa, I think we do have some members from there. You could contact them directly by PM or better yet invite them to engage you in a conversation in the forums.
    You can bring it, but it has to have a band on which it can work in Turkey, and you must register it and pay a tax within 30 days of entering Turkey. See this article:
    Mobile Phone Registration in Turkey
    Wow I see that Yabancı Girl replied while I was composing this, thanks for your input on this also YabancıGirl.
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    NatalieSayin reacted to YabanciGirl in Relocation to Turkey questions   
    Hi,
     
    1. For apartment rentals most of the time it's 1 month's rent in advance as the deposit. Check this local site for apartment listings > http://www.sahibinden.com/arama?query_text=kiralik+ev+bursa To search you can type Bursa Kiralik ev 1+1 if you're searching for a 1 bedroom, if it's a 2 bedroom then type Bursa Kiralik ev 2+1
     
    2. For utilities you'll get the bill and you just pay them as they come. Sometimes the landlord transfers the bills in your name.
     
    3. Concerning the dogs, it will depend on the landlord, some allow pets some won't.
     
    6. The Internet is really good here I never use the tele, it's great for streaming movies & skype etc. Packages cost 30-50tl/month with TTNET
     
    8. You can get your mobile unlocked here & buy a sim for it or just buy a new one.
     
    Teaching Turkish kids isn't easy, in the begining they test your patience especially if you're new, it gets easier with time. One day I walked into my class & they started to sing gangam style & were dancing too. So I walked out & went to the teachers lounge & had some tea. They didn't know where I went & were scared that I went to the principal's office to complain, so they went looking for me & they got into trouble for being out of class  After my tea I went back in & started my lesson  Another time another class did the same thing so I recorded them with my phone & turned it in to the principal. Never work yourself up trying to get them to behave, just get the right person to deal with them.
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Danielleaubreyx in Military service   
    Hi Danielle, I have heard that any male with citzenship is subject to miltary service but never actually found any proof in writing for this. There are different clauses and buy outs sometimes come up as well.
     
    By the time your son gets to that age, the laws etc probably would have changed though, so not sure that you can try and pre-empt this situation
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    NatalieSayin reacted to Meral in Want to open a Past Restaurant in Kusadasi   
    That's good advice Ken!  The only thing I can think of for you to do, Ramin, is some kind of job on the internet, for a company NOT based in Turkey, where you wouldn't strictly be employed in Turkey & not pay taxes here.  I think this has been mentioned before in an earlier thread (??).
     
    Good luck !
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    NatalieSayin reacted to Ken Grubb in Want to open a Past Restaurant in Kusadasi   
    Be VERY, and I mean VERY careful in buying in to any business in Turkey. In fact I would recommend not doing it at all.  The previous or present owner will not tell you about anything negative about his or here business, except perhaps to gain your confidence by giving you a little token negative info (to feign honesty and transparency). You will hear mostly positive reports about how well the business is doing. Don't believe a word of it.
     
    If you buy a place, buy it "assets only." That is, the tables, chairs, oven, etc... At least you'll actually have something to sell if (or in my opinion when) things go bad.
     
    Or buy the building. If your business goes bad, you can rent the building to somebody else. And again, you'll have a tangible asset no matter what goes wrong.
     
    Owning a business does not automatically give you a work permit. Unfortunately, if you talk to a Turkish lawyer, they may speak very confidently that they can get you one, and in the end you might not get one (after paying them thousands of dollars).
     
    If what I said was wrong, someone please reply and correct what I said.
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Transfering a property/Buying off a friend   
    Your story is quite confusing but if I have it right, then you are doing the same as what I did a couple of months ago.
    The sellers can not travel to Turkey right?
    So we got London Legal International in the UK, to draft the POA. They got the Turkish consulate in London to approve it. Then sent it via registered post to their Izmir branch. The lawyer there (his name was on the POA )met me at the Tapu office in Didim and all was done and dusted. Really easy.
    Re the bit about the seller saying he can not give POA, I agree that is very strange. POAs are done all the time. My third party was the Izmir branch of London Legal international
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from angelmoomoo in Transfering a property/Buying off a friend   
    Your story is quite confusing but if I have it right, then you are doing the same as what I did a couple of months ago.
    The sellers can not travel to Turkey right?
    So we got London Legal International in the UK, to draft the POA. They got the Turkish consulate in London to approve it. Then sent it via registered post to their Izmir branch. The lawyer there (his name was on the POA )met me at the Tapu office in Didim and all was done and dusted. Really easy.
    Re the bit about the seller saying he can not give POA, I agree that is very strange. POAs are done all the time. My third party was the Izmir branch of London Legal international
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Traveling to Patara   
    I did what Ken said. Took an inter city bus, and it dropped me off at the Junction. There was a small dolmus, waiting there to take people into the heart of the village. Easiest transfer, I have ever done.
     
    If you have already booked your hotel, they will also sometimes pick you up from the junction.
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    NatalieSayin got a reaction from Ken Grubb in getting uk divorce recognised in Turkey   
    My Turkish divorce took roughly two weeks! We both applied for it, money and property was settled out of courts, and we have no children. The cost was really small as well, something like 200 lira. just don't get solicitors involved if both of you want it, because they drag it out and end up, making the process expensive.
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