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Aliarian last won the day on March 25 2015

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    Former sinologist finding life more interesting outside academia

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    Travel and exploring, reading and writing, photography, language learning and linguistics, community building, biking, blogging, good coffee and new food

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  1. Thanks! I have looked at Numbeo before. Unfortunately they don't calculate in two critical factors on this issue - price fluctuation between seasons, and local vs. expat vs. vacationer expenditures. Which is why I'm trying to figure out a more specific range of expat/seasonal resident expenditures for Turkey's most popular season.
  2. Hi! I'm trying to write a practical guide to present-day living costs for expats and summer vacationers in Turkey. As prices do vary from community to community, and have fluctuated quite a bit over recent years, I would love to have some input from expats in various communities and frequent travelers to Turkey. Whatever questions you can answer or prices you can fill in would be appreciated. Arianne ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Number of Members in Your Family: Retired Couple, Family with Kids, Single, Other: Live or Vacation in Turkey: City: Do you own a residence, rent a residence, or stay in a hotel? If you own or rent, is it a flat or a villa? What is your monthly rent? What is the typical monthly rent for a decent 2 BR flat in your community? Weekly rent for a 2 BR flat in summer? Typical Expenses: Weekly Groceries: Breakfast Out: Lunch Out: Dinner: Drinks: Bus or Subway Ticket: Taxi: Shuttle or Bus to Airport? Museum Entrance: Monthly Gas Bill (Summer): Monthly Electricity Bill (Summer): Monthly Water Bill (Summer): Monthly Phone Bill: Monthly Internet Bill: Is there anything unusually expensive about the community where you live? Any other [major] expenses not covered on the list?
  3. I wonder what everyone's experience with house care (hiring people to watch over your property while you're away) or letting out property during tourism season is?
  4. There are plenty of government universities offering a Bachelors in Social Science in English. METU (Middle Eastern Technical University http://fef.metu.edu.tr/en/) is the most famous in Turkey, and they do have good Social Science programs (though not a blanket degree in "social science" - you would have to choose something more specific like History, Anthropology, Economics or Sociology). Even if you don't get a scholarship, tuition is about 700 Lira/semester (I believe, you should check on that...)
  5. Living costs definitely depend on the type of lifestyle you want to lead: local or expat. I have friends who rent a full house with garden and garage outside of Ankara for 1300 Lira a month - or you can rent a luxury expat apartment for $2,000 a month. The same goes for groceries, clothes, eating out and transportation. If you want to find budget accommodation in a bigger city, then your best bet is doing some research on Turkish-language classifieds sites.
  6. I have some relatives and family friends visiting us in Turkey this September. They have never been to Turkey before and want to take a 3-4 day cruise along the Mediterranean or Aegean (Maybe Bodrum-Fethiye?). Cleanliness and quiet is definitely a priority, and I think they'll split their time between relaxing and sightseeing. Any suggestions for reputable tour providers that aren't too pricey?
  7. If you are still looking to do Skype lessons, there are a few websites that connect you either with language partners (free exchange - you help them with Greek or English, and they help you with Turkish) or paid lessons. The two that I know the best are italki (offers both, has about a dozen Turkish teachers and many more potential Turkish language partners; also has sections where you can submit 'notebooks' and get written feedback) and a newer website, Speaky (just offers free language exchange partners).
  8. Second on memrise. I use memorize a ton - one of the great things about it is that you can create your own wordlists (called "courses"), and then create different levels within the courses (basically compartmentalizing the vocabulary you want to learn), in addition to selecting from course designed by other members. If you don't want to take the time to create your own course, or are just starting Turkish, you can find the pre-designed courses here: http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/?q=turkish There are also recordings for a few thousand words in Turkish, which definitely helps strengthen audio-visual recognition. You can also choose to test with the word in English, or with pictures. And... there's also a memrise app, which is pretty simple and easy to use. Your progress (between the app and the website) immediately syncs over wifi. Some people also use Quizlet, though I find it takes a little more time to set up.
  9. Aliarian

    Çıpra

    Great composition! Do you have any idea why sea bream is sometimes spelled Çıpıra and sometimes Çupra? I've seen both spellings all over the Mediterranean.
  10. Also, if you are from the US, using your debit card while abroad can be a *huge* hassle, even if you tell your bank where and when you will be abroad. I used to use Bank of America (never again...) because it had some reciprocity with local banks when I was living in China, but they several times blocked my card after I used it in an airport to buy lunch - because that airport was in a country that wasn't on the travel itinerary I had given the bank. (If you aren't from the US, ignore this, as US banks tend to have a lower threshold for determining potential security breaches.) For this reason too it's better to travel with two cards, and always have a local card with enough cash.
  11. Aliarian

    Didim

  12. It is 100,000TL/person. I saw both numbers floating around, thought I would first publish the more conservative number, and we called the bank to check.
  13. If you are staying in Turkey for a while, it does make more sense to open up a bank account and use a local debit card - you can avoid hidden fees from taking out money at a foreign ATM, and you won't be stuck waiting if you lose your card. You will need a Tax Identification Number, but you shouldn't need a residence permit or a permanent address - you can actually just give the bank a temporary address, such as your hotel address. If you want a more comprehensive overview, I wrote an introductory blog post on Banking in Turkey for Foreigners here.
  14. This is really helpful! Thanks for posting it in such a clear and understandable fashion.
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