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I'd just like to add to this that since 2012 all Turkish citizens started accruing SGK premium debts. I was surprised to find out that I had a debt of more than 6000 TL - even though I have never lived in Turkey until this year. I had to obtain a document from the Turkish Consulate in Australia to prove my residence and then present it to SGK.
It's wonderful to hear that you want to explore your Turkish heritage and think about living in Turkey. Although I am Turkish born, I lived outside of Turkey all of my life. Just like you, I felt an incredible warmth when I visited Turkey and spent time with relatives, this also played an important part in my decision to move here after living abroad for so many years. That warmth changed after staying with relatives for 3 months - I found myself looking to move away as soon as possible. It has been mentioned in other posts that many Turks consider foreigners to be virtual banks, I tend to agree with that sentiment, seeing relatives are great but only in small doses. Have you completed your military service ? That's another very important part of being a Turkish male. Do see the rest of Turkey, it is an incredibly beautiful country, travelling will also broaden your horizons and expose you to the different cultures that reside within Turkey, you never know, you may meet someone while travelling.
Thank you for sharing your inspirations Ken. We can draw our paths from many different source of knowledge, I have met people who have inspired me and experienced a variety of situations that have shaped the person I am today. But the 3 books which I continually refer to over the course of my life: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay I related to this book (fictional) due to my migrant background and the difficulties I faced as a child growing up in a different land and trying to find a balance between 2 cultures. The character in the novel helped me to accept the person I am and that life is a bed of roses but you have to learn how to deal with the thorns as well and make the best of the situations you are presented with. The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela An incredible man whose life has taught me endurance, passion, belief and provided me with the ability to have hope. The late Nelson Mandela has provided me the strength I have accrued over the years to overcome many difficult adversities. Life is a bed of roses but you need to sow the seed and provide attention in order to reap the rewards. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield Although the book (fictional) is an adventure novel some of the views raised have appealed to me in ways that have helped me understand or give meaning to certain points in my life. I no longer believe in coincidence, I believe that every living organism provides a form of energy and your life can change in an instant. This has helped me to stop asking 'why' and to move away from negative aspects in life, I believe in my instincts and find value in things I do. Life is a bed of roses but don't concentrate too much on the thorns, give more energy to the beauty of the flower. There are many inspirational men and women who have added to my attributes over the course of my life, these are just 3 books that have stood out in my thoughts whenever I have felt a need for inspiration.
Hi, I found myself analyzing my life in general and attributed my current 'chapter' in life to 3 books which have paved new paths for me, gave me inspiration and changed my way of thinking, ultimately bringing me to Turkey. I'd love to know what has influenced/inspired you ?
Hi Kerry, Would love to chat, I'm Turkish but lived in Australia all my life, only been in Antalya for a couple of months now and really miss having a conversation in English. Have a look at another website called Internations, I haven't been to any of their events yet but see that they do host every so often for ex pats. Enjoy this beautiful city !