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  1. "Insulating paint"? Hahah that's cute (lol) but I must agree, sounds doubtful. However, at least they are trying to do something, which is good. I'm guessing people have complained about the lack thereof or it's just gotten colder over there because of the weather changing all over the world? I'm keeping my fingers crossed in this department, hoping I'll be lucky in finding something that can hold in the heat Yeah, see I am also a fellow hibernator in the wintertime, so this is probably part of my issue too. You're right though, getting out more and keeping occupied should help. It rained for two weeks straight over here this year and I was hurting, just wanting to get outside and see some sun. So that's what I was concerned about. Knowing this helps, in case I need to plan a winter escape for a little while! Haha Do you know if it actually takes up to 90 days (after submittal) to get the approval on the residence permit? That's what I've seen, but not sure if that's fully accurate. About the work permit - it's similar to how it is in most countries. I was curious if just having a residence permit granted you the right to work like in a cafe or something, but apparently not. And a few other questions, and I think that may be all (lol) - What are your thoughts on getting a VPN? Would you recommend it or no? I know in the past some sites (i.e. Youtube) have been blocked in Turkey at certain times and was wondering if this would be a way around that. (I need my Youtube for various things, work-wise and recreational lol) - Driver's license - I read that with a residence permit, you can get a TK driver's license but since the US is not a part of some agreement (I can't recall the name offhand) that US folks have to retake a driving test in Turkey in order to obtain one. Any experience with this? -Any apartment rental scams you have run into over the years that I or others could benefit from knowing about? This may sound like a weird question but I'm curious When you move, are you taking your klima splits with you to your next place? Just wondering since you said everything basically gets stripped. I'm wondering if I'd have to do the same if I am ever in your position. Do you plan on leaving Turkey or just moving location? Again, many thanks for your advice and input, Ken! -L
  2. Hi Ken, Thank you so much for your thoughtful answers to my questions. I really appreciate the time and energy you've put into your responses. You've helped me tremendously with becoming more comfortable in the idea of moving there permanently and what to expect, and have quieted some of the fears I've had in my mind. And regarding your article - I wouldn't change it at all I think it's good to give folks the extremes of detail just so they know what they might be up against, so they can prepare better. I have a strong aversion to being cold as well. I can't stand it! I traveled throughout the Balkans in the wintertime a few years ago and many of the places I stayed in had no heat - I just couldn't get over cooking in my coat and sleeping in a cold bed! It's not something I want in my permanent life, that's for sure. I mean, I'm from the east coast in the US as well and even though it gets cold here, we can find sanctuary inside with our heating. But when the inside is colder than the outside.... sheesh. I just can't lol I didn't appreciate heating so much as I did when I no longer had it . So hopefully, I can find something insulated with a strong enough klima to get me through the winter. Good to know the dampness isn't really an issue inside, though. I also remembering a few Turkish people telling me they go to SE Asia in the winter time. I would love to have that luxury but I'm sure that gets expensive over time, though. Are winters really that bad? Like, does it rain constantly from Dec-Feb? Or do you have breaks of sun? Just asking because I sometimes get a little bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter and want to know what I'm going to be up against ;-) Yes, if you could find out that information on the tax/SSI that would be great! I've been researching these things, but still don't have concrete answers, so anything you find out would be helpful. I"m not sure who I would contact - I tried looking up expat tax attorneys but can't find any that offer free advice (of course lol). I did have a few other questions, not sure if they should all be posted here or not, but here goes 1. Regarding cell phones - you can only register 1 every 2 years. What happens if you lose/break said phone and it's not at the 2 year mark yet? Is this still the law? It's never possible to have two cell phones registered to yourself at the same time? 2. While waiting for the residence permit, I can only be out of Turkey for 15 days, is that correct? After I get the permit, is there a certain amount of time you are allowed to be out of the country before you void your permit by not being there? I read there was a time limit but then say it was abolished, so I"m not sure what the current facts are. 3. If I wanted to work in Turkey, can I get a general work permit or do I need to have an actual job first? (Not sure if you can just get a work permit then look for work?) I'm happy to post my questions here (as long as you don't mind answering lol) and helping others that may have the same ones. Moving to another country can be a daunting task, but forums like this and answers like yours make it much more manageable for an inquisitive (and sometimes over-analytical) mind like mine So, thanks again and I look forward to your reply! Also - no worries about the not-so-timely reply - look at mine - it takes me a few days as well! haha
  3. Hi Ken, Since you’ve lived there so long and have 20 years of experience, I was hoping you’d let me pick your brain on a few things. : ) You had asked about what my fear is? Well one thing that comes to mind is getting ripped off in a rental because I’m foreign and I don’t speak too much Turkish. Lol (although I want to learn if I’m going to live there, of course) From the months of time I spent in Turkey in the past, I learned the hard lesson that what Turks vs. Americans consider a lie is completely different, and so my biggest fear I guess is that I can’t trust anybody’s word. So, here are my questions: - I read your article about renting an apartment and was looking on sahibiden.com at ones that were available. I noticed that the majority of them say there is no heating insulation. Are apartments not insulated as standard? How do you keep the cold out? -I think as far as heating options it’s mainly split-units and not central, is that correct? How do you heat up the place in the winter and not have high electric bills with no insulation? I know it can be chilly in winter and one of my worst nightmares is being stuck in a cold, damp apartment. (happened to me in a place I stayed at in Antalya years ago and I got really ill) Do you find the majority of places you've been in damp since Antalya is by the water and is subject to humidity? -Is it difficult to find a furnished apartment? I have seen unfurnished seems to be the norm with a few sprinklings of furnished apartments. Are furnished ones the exception rather than the norm? I'm not going to be importing my stuff from the US if I move there, so I would need something furnished. -In your article you were saying how you can get sued if you don’t stay the term of the rental contract. How open or reluctant in your experience have you found landlords in adding in a “leaving before lease term” clause? -I also saw where you said you may not be rented to if you’re single – that’s another issue, made even worse because I am a single woman! lol Do you think I will have a lot of difficulty with this? -Is there still a sizable expat community in Antalya? And finally – (I know…. Sorry for all the questions!) *Regarding income taxes – I tried reading the agreement between Turkey & the US, but I can’t understand it. If I am working remotely for a US company and paying taxes/SSI in the US, do I also have to pay in Turkey? - With Social Security - I don’t think the US and Turkey have a Social Security agreement, is that right? How can I maintain payments into my US Social Security and not into Turkey's? I read that you have to have worked in Turkey like 20-25 years to be eligible for SSI so I don’t want to have to pay into something that I will never get. I’d rather maintain my US Social Security, which will be higher when I'm at that age, and continue to pay into that. Thank you for your time and patience in all of my questions! I really appreciate it since I am not “on the ground” over there and have spent countless hours researching things but not finding any concrete answers to these so again, thank you so much : ) Lily
  4. Hi Ken, I just pm'ed you Thanks, and thanks to Mr. Baklava as well!
  5. Hi Ken, Thanks for your insight. You are right - I do remember from my time there that Turkish people don't judge you based on things such as this. I know the $/TRY economy issue does not help things either, and many people are upset and rightfully so. I was asking because I'm not sure if it's a good timeto move to Turkey. Since it's been a while since I've been there, I'm not sure how/if things have changed in the wake of everything going on and wanted to get advice from those living there to factor into my decision making. I'm thinking of moving because I need a change in my life. But I think I may wait and see what happens in the re-election in June. How do you like Antalya? It was one of my favorite places when I was there!
  6. Thanks for your reply, Fener. It's not just the govt website, I was reading things like this too: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/anti-us-sentiment-turkey-reaches-new-high-poll-shows https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/rising-anti-americanism-in-turkey/ https://www.voanews.com/a/anti-americanism-rises-in-turkey-as-us-turkish-tensions-escalate/4541086.html So it's hard for me to tell if this is the right time or not to move over there. I know there is anti-americanism everywhere but Turkey was a country where I've always felt welcomed and I'm not sure how much that has/will change since I was there last, because of everything going on. I read in another forum where an American man was advised to not tell anyone that he was American, not that I would brag, but if the question came up, I wouldn't feel right lying. And in others where some American expats aren't feeling that safe anymore. Any other input out there? Thanks!
  7. Hi everybody, I'm new to the forums and am considering a move this fall to Turkey - specifically the Antalya, Fethiye or Alanya areas. I've spent a great amount of time in Turkey prior to 2016 as a female on my own and fell in love the country, but haven't been there since and am not sure what to expect in these days and times. Being an American, I know we are not currently seen in the greatest light (putting it lightly) and wanted to know if any of you (American expats) have felt or experienced an increase in anti-americanism, or have not felt safe and considered leaving? I am concerned about safety, not just for me but for my older mother who would be moving there as well. I'm especially concerned after reading the travel warnings on the govt website, which I know can be extreme but I'm not there so I don't know .Most notably this kind of thing worries me: Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. I don't want to feel like I have to "hide" my identity or that I am under some kind of possible threat just because of my nationality. Can anyone shed some light on this subject? Thank you so much!
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