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  1. Congratulations, Gabriel! Now it's just a matter of time for your residence permit card to arrive! I know how that feels.
  2. It should take a little over an hour, but allow one and a half hours to be on the safe side. When I went from Izmir to Çeşme I never went from the Izmir bus station, I went to a terminal on the Çeşme side of the city. As I recall that took around 50 minutes from there, because once you get out of Izmir, it's a mostly a straight highway to Çeşme. The bus makes a couple of stops on the outskirts of Çeşme. Then it goes to a bus stop in the middle of town, then it goes to a Migros grocery store which is the end of the route and the main bus station of Çeşme. See the map: You can see from the map how close it is to the harbor. Move the map down a little so you can see the long pier where it says "Çeşme TR-Chios GR," that's the ferry port.
  3. They sell metal detectors in Turkey, so they're not illegal. Also, their not on any restricted list on the customs website, so it should be okay. It is illegal to use a metal detector around ancient sites. Also, if you find, are given, or buy any antiquity in Turkey and try to take it out of the country, it's illegal, and you could even go to jail for it. That includes any antiquity, even a coin, and even an old carpet. If you want to take something out of Turkey and you're not sure if it's an antiquity or not, you must go to a museum and get a letter stating that it's not an antiquity before you take it out of the country.
  4. I just checked the Çeşme Seyahat website also. It looks like for the Bilet Satın Al (Buy a Ticket), they don't even mention the Izmir bus station. I don't know that you can buy one of these tickets online. When I lived in Çeşme I bought tickets from that company going from Çeşme to Izmir, but when I did that, I would call the Çeşme Seyahat office and reserve a seat, then pay in cash at the company's kiosk at the bus station. Also, whenever I've traveled by bus from the main stations, I've never bought a ticket online. I just go to the bus station, find a company with a bus going where I'm going, buy the ticket in cash, and wait until the next bus leaves. There's usually a bus leaving every 30 or 40 minutes anyway. So if you can't buy a ticket online, you can just go to the Izmir bus station and buy a ticket there, and at most wait 40 minutes for the next bus.
  5. Try the website for the company that runs the İzmir bus station. You can select your destination, select a bus company, and the time range for when you want to leave. I see there's only one bus company that appears, called "Çeşme Seyahat." Looks like they have a bus departing for Çeşme every 40 minutes. http://www.izotas.com.tr/
  6. Getting an apostille is routinely done by post. You don't have to travel to Turkey. And you don't need a lawyer. You just have to send the diploma to them (and pay whatever fee is involved). When they receive the diploma, they'll verify its authenticity, attach an apostille stating that it is authentic, and send the diploma and apostille back to you. I know it sounds like it must be a very complex process, but it isn't.
  7. The Bozcaada kaymakamlık (District Governor's Office) issues apostilles for public documents in Bozcaada. Here's their website: http://www.bozcaada.gov.tr/ Click on Kaymakamlık in the top menu, then Kamakamlık Birimleri, (Governor's Office Units) then İlçe Yazı İşleri Müdürlüğü (District Registar's Office). On the District Registrar's page it says they issue apostilles. At the bottom of that page is their contact information, including their e-mail and telephone numbers. Call them to learn their fee and how to send the diploma to them. After they receive the diploma, they'll attach an apostille to it and send it back to you. Normally once you receive the document and the apostille, you have to take it to a government-licensed translator to have both the document and the apostille translated into the language of the country you're in. Then you can use it to apply for a job or whatever you need it for.
  8. I just learned that some of the information above is incorrect. Yesterday I was reading the Sabancı University website. On its international student affairs page, it said that if you're already in Turkey, you can transfer from a short-term residence permit to a student residence permit. Just to make sure, I called the DGMM helpline at 157. The immigration specialist I spoke to said the same thing. If you're already in Turkey with a residence permit, and you've been accepted by a university or other school, and you have the acceptance letter, you can transfer from whatever type of residence permit you have to a student residence permit. I asked if this was mandatory, and if I could attend courses at a university to get a diploma with a short-term residence permit instead of transferring to a student residence permit. He said it depends on what the university wants. If the university allows you to take courses with a short-term residence permit, then there's no need to transfer to a student residence permit.
  9. So it's just that somebody printed the wrong name on your marriage certificate? Have you talked to the person who did this or someone from the office where he works?
  10. If you're 65 and over, you no longer need health insurance to get a residence permit. It doesn't become free. However, you can still get the Turkish government's genel sağlık sigorta (general health insurance) plan. Just go to an office of the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK) and you can sign up. You become eligiblle for the SGK health insurance plan after you've lived in Turkey for one year.
  11. Some time ago I called the helpline for the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services and asked that question. They told me that you don't need a work permit if you work online working for a foreign company or if you aren't providing products or services to Turks (except for the fact that Turkey is part of the world and they would come across your website just like anybody else would). But once you get into a situation where you have to pay taxes in Turkey, you will need a work permit. That would include if you've settled permanently in Turkey and Turkey has become your tax home, and you have to pay taxes on what you're making in Turkey. Unfortunately, I didn't think to ask the guy where it says this so I could read it for myself. I haven't heard of anybody who has gotten a work permit doing online work. But you can always call the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services and ask them. They have a helpline you can call at 170, with an English option.
  12. I asked a Turkish friend of mine about this. He's pretty well connected with these kinds of things, and he said he would help you, no charge. I'll send you his name and phone number by personal message.
  13. OK I see what you mean about Kuşadası then. I was also looking at property prices and they did seem low to me as compared to a lot of places. By the way, there's a very unspoiled beach near there called Pamucak Beach. If you get tired of Ladies Beach and Long Beach you can always go there, as I recall there are no buildings or hotels there, it's being preserved as it is. I forgot to answer your other questions. I talked to a property developer a few years ago about how residential homes are built to withstand earthquakes. He said that they are built very strong now, and older buildings are being reinforced to make them able to withstand earthquakes. There's a building inspection office called the Yapı Denetim Ofisi where you can get a report about an individual building. I don't know where it would be in Kuşadası, but you can at least ask around. Also, get a residence built well after 1999. In 1999 there was a huge earthquake in Izmit (near Istanbul), which brought down a lot of poorly-constructed buildings. And a lot of those who built them went to prison for it. Since then, as I have been told, everybody has been paying strict attention to building codes. Regarding Antalya, It's as if there are four Antalyas, as I see it. The Old City of Antalya First the old city, around the ancient harbor, lots of beautiful buildings and alleyways, restaurants, bars, etc... you know what I'm talking about there. Antalya City Center Then outside of the old city is the city center, if you will, a regular Turkish city. not much different from Adana or Konya, etc... If you live here you probably won't need a car. Practically everything is in walking distance, and you can get to a lot of other places using the Antray light rail system, the Antik Tram (which goes around the outside of the old city) or the plentiful buses and taxis. This area is called Muratpaşa, although Muratpaşa actually also includes Lara, which I'll get to in a minute. Konyaaltı On the west side, Konyaaltı stretches from city center to Sarısu Beach and the mountains. It includes the industrial port. This area is more like a typical suburb, very well developed with nice residential villas and apartments. You can get a place within walkning distance to Konyaaltı beach. Konyaaltı Beach is a pebble beach, and you have to cross a busy street to get to it, unfortunately. There is a very nice area in Konyaaltı along the beach near the museum. A long stretch of very nice restaurants, bars, and shops, all recently created to improve Konyaaltı. Also there's a specious park there, and of course Konyaaltı Beach. Lara Lara is a bit greener than Muratpaşa. It's more spread out and open as well. There are plenty of shopping malls in Lara and some fine restaurants. It has a more "youthful" feel to it. whereas Konyaaltı has more of a "white collar worker" type feel to it. Things are farther apart in Lara, and I think if you lived in Lara you'd need a car to get around. Most of Antalya's coastline is cliffs. (they start in Konyaaltı at Konyaaltı Beach, pass through Muratpaşa and end up at Lara Beach. No more cliffs after that. There's a nice little place in Lara called Güzeloba that I like. It's probably pretty dead in the winter, but it's right next to Lara Public Beach and not far from all of Antalya's ammenities. Besides the public beach there are several "beach clubs" along that same beach, then farther down are the five-star luxury hotels. I mention Güzeloba because I think it may be the best place to live in Antalya, and I'm seriously thinking of moving there, myself. So to answer your question, I think the kind of place you'd be looking for in Antalya would be in Lara, possibly in Güzeloba, but probably somewhere not too far from Lara Beach.
  14. I lived in Kuşadası for around six months and have visited many times. It's a nice town. The main complaint I hear about it is that there's too much concrete and that it wasn't planned all that well. But there is a thriving expat community there, it has some nice beaches nearby, and it's not far from Izmir if you want to go to Ikea or other places to do some major shopping. Didim is very oriented towards British expats and tourists. From what I hear it can get pretty crowded in the summer, and I also noticed there weren't many trees there. One place I've heard positive things about is Turunç, on the Marmaris peninsula. I had a Turkish friend who moved there for a while, and he really loved it. He said it wasn't too crowded and had a natural feel. I haven't been to Turunç, but I thought I'd pass that on. Perhaps you can take a nice road trip down the coast from Kuşadası to Fethiye, and stop in on some of these places. I had heard great things about Kaş, in Analya province on the Mediterranean coast. I told @Cukurbagli about wanting to check it out, and one day he called and said there was an apartment available. Within hours of walking around, I knew I wanted to live there. Within around four hours I signed the contract on the apartment. Then I lived there for three years and loved it. I hear it's gotten more crowded in the summer though. I finally moved since I wanted to be around expats who weren't mostly all retired, so I ended up moving to Antalya, but Kaş was, for the time, one of the nicest places I've ever lived. Kaş isn't on the west coast, I just bring it up because seeing the place and experiencing it made a big impact on me. So I'd recommend you do the same for various towns on the west coast. Good luck in your search. I'd love to hear about what place you finally choose, and why! I hope you enjoy the trip as you look for the best place to live.
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