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Ken Grubb

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  1. City Beach is in the heart of Kusadasi, and can be quite crowded sometimes. But if you're living in city center and don't want to go far, it's convenient.
  2. There seems to be a system in Turkey where they give each person a percent of the guilt (can also be 100% / 0%), I assume the above means the other person was 80% negligent and Cigi was 20% negligent in their opinion. Strange system... and seems to be rather subjective. I had a Turkish person explain this to me and she said they were called "points of mistake!"
  3. Probably better to ignore my previous comments, I must admit that my visit to Dalaman was only for three hours, and Penny lives there! I didn't see any of the surrounding area, just the city center. After a few rakis I think I'm a lot smarter about everything! So again, Penny, my apologies for my comments, you're 100 times the expert on Dalaman than I am, probably more. I think that because of where it is on the map, my expectations were unrealistically high when I visited. I should add that I think Dalaman has potential, especially for investment, since there are such big plans for that area. So it's probably worth a visit so you can form your own conclusions. It seems to me that a city, that is not touristy yet, in an area like that, is bound to change in in a few years' time, if not less. Even with my previous comments considered, if I was buying a place to invest in, it might just be Dalaman. Another place that I've heard has excellent investment potential (still somewhat undeveloped) is Datca. I heard a rumor that Dalaman is also constructing a brand new ancient archaeological site nearby for all of the tourists. Apparently they don't have enough archaeological sites to attract tourism, so they're installing one. Any truth to that, Penny? Okay, it's a joke. You have to have a sense of humor here!
  4. Have you been to Dalaman before? I thought it might be a nice place to go since it seems so close to Dalyan. I was surprised when I saw it, there's not much there, and it's quite, well, bleak if you ask me. You would think you were in an industrial city farther east. Lots of concrete and asphalt. There's one main road with some side roads. Nothing much in the way of entertainment or things to do, and the buildings are quite concentrated together. I visited Pennyu there and asked her what there was to do there, and other than a few sleezy bars, there wasn't much! Not many tourists live there, it's really just a "working town." Once you see it you'll know what I mean! Dalyan is quite different, a much nicer place to retire--like a different world. I haven't seen any sites about Dalaman at all, and no maps, either. Penny lives there (sorry for the comments, Penny!) so hopefully she can give you another view!
  5. Must sees are Ephesus (close to Izmir), Pamukkale (a day's drive), Cappadocia (near Ankara, a lot farther away and a two-day tour). Pergamum is also near Izmir and is about three or four hours away. Istanbul is loaded with interesting things to see, but you can see a large portion of it in two days (check for the dates certain places are closed, such as Topkapi palace). Izmir is not a touristy city, but a lovely place to spend an afternoon eating seafood by the bay and watching a great mix of people walk by. Cesme has some of the best beaches in Turkey, and is about 50 minutes drive east of Izmir. Gallipoli and Troy are both in Canakkale, which can be seen on a route between Istanbul and Izmir, however there are no big highways going that way, and you'll have to go a bit out of your way to see it. However, you'll pass by Pergamum on the way to Izmir if you want to see that. Most any city you go to will have hotels that offer local excursions. As far as pensions, it's hard to rate them, they are plentiful in Istanbul but there are no good ones in Izmir. There are some good three and four star hotels in Izmir though. I would recommend the Kaya Prestige, which is near the hilton and a lot cheaper. That's a three or four star, I can't remember, but I've stayed there a few times and was impressed. Cesme has a few nice pensions, and is a charming place to relax and enjoy yourself with wide, white sandy beaches and some of the best water on the Aegean. It can be quite crowded during the high season though.
  6. As helpful as I like to be, I shudder to help them go to someone else's forum! Especially when we're trying to grow this one into something. But helping expats is what we're about. Would love to have more Altinkum people 'round here!
  7. Hi Laura,I checked your site and certainly there's some great possibility there. Some of the forums I've seen have classified ads but I don't think there's a site which primarily deals with it... Good luck on your new project.
  8. Dalyan is definitely a unique place. I stayed about a week there and was taken by how green and beautiful it is as compared to so many of the resort areas that are mostly sea, sand, sun, and concrete. The river being so close I think makes all the difference. The dining and nightlife there were fantastic, everyone there was so friendly, and even after returning to Izmir I get an occasional call or e-mail from Turks I met there. In another post you mentioned the Anatolia Cafe, after seeing their menu I had a wonderful meal of Indian style chicken and a few other things, the food is fantastic there. I was surprised at the variety of cuisine available in what is still a small town. And everything is in a short walking distance as well, that is, except for Iztuzu beach, but you get a lovely boat ride there! I stayed with Mike and Nebiya at the Alinda Hotel just outside of town (they operate the hotel). The only thing I heard the whole night was frogs... no car horns or mini-bikes! A far cry from the constant bustle of Izmir. I think of all the places I'd like to retire in Turkey, Dalyan is tops! I've got some photos of Dalyan that I'll be posting in the photo gallery shortly. I'll definitely be back this Spring or Summer.
  9. Ken Grubb


    It would certainly be nice to have the folks down there in Altinkum posting here, but there are so many local forums for expats here in Turkey... so I understand. The important thing is, like you said, to help each other so I'm not very provincial about this kind of thing. As long as people find what they need. If you get a chance, some inside information on what' it's like to live in Altinkum would be helpful! I went there on a visit, just to see what was there, and visited the beach and a few restaurants, and walked around town a bit. I must not have seen the whole place though, I was short on time, but what's the attraction of Altinkum as compared to other resort areas?
  10. I talked with some English teachers in Izmir who are in the know about the CELTA and TEFL courses taught in Izmir. At this moment the plan is to have a course this summer, but a date hasn't been set yet. Getting your certificate in the UK is the cheapest. It costs 1,000 euros here, and you also have to pay for lodging and other expenses. In the UK, you can also get discounts on the courses if you've been working for a while and made over a certain amount of money (I'm not familiar with the UK tax laws, but this might sound familiar to you). They suggested getting out the telephone book and calling around for a course in your area. For jobs teaching English in Izmir, check the education supplements in the Guardian and the Times. They weren't sure but they thought the supplements came out on Tuesday or Wednesday for the Guardian and on Friday for the Times. They have listings for English teachers in Turkey. So taking the course in the UK and getting in contact with a school before you come is probably a better option all around. Only issue might be if you don't have a university degree. One owner of a school said there are work-arounds for that, however they are not publicised, if you know what I mean. So I'm thinking that even if they say over the telephone or e-mail that you must have a degree in addition to the certificate, it might be different when you talk in person... knowwhatimean??? There are basically three types of places you can teach: a Lise (lease-ey) which is a high school, a dershane (ders-ha-ney) which is a private school and a university. They didn't recommend the lises since they can be a real pain, the children tend to be undisciplined and hard to manage. Some dershanes are good, if they're not "cowboy companies" which are basically just in it to get as much money as they can while spending as little as they can. Universities are the best, some pay quite well and some pay badly, but you get vacations. Good luck to you in finding a position teaching English in Turkey...
  11. It depends on what you're shipping, if you can mail it, it's no problem, but it can be quite slow. I recently went back to the States and got some things out of storage, and sent seven packages ranging up to about 4x3x2 feet. Mailing them in the US mail cost me between $50 and $90 USD (half that amount for British Pounds). It normally takes from the US about 2 months, which was cheapest, and the next higher rate I don't recall but it was out of my price range, I was in no particular hurry to get the stuff anyway. You'll need, of course, to have an address to ship it to and someone to pick it up. The PTT, which is the Turkish mail system, will try to deliver them, and if nobody's home, they're supposed to leave a note of the attempted delivery and tell you where to pick them up. It would probably be at wherever the main post office is in Dalaman. I don't recall the amount of time they'll keep them until sending them back, but it's something like two weeks I think, it will say on the attempted delivery paper if nobody's there to receive them when they try to deliver. I did have one bad experience with this. After waiting about 3 months plus, the packages never came. I finally tracked down the post office where they were supposed to be, only to find out that they had been sent back because nobody came to get them. The clerk at PTT said that according to records, a note was left at the delivery address, but I never received it! So I ended up taking back two empty suitcases on my next trip back and putting everything into two suitcases. Everything was returned to the US safely, but I had to pay some postage for the return delivery as well! AAAAAAGGGGHHHH! They do open and inspect the packages when they come into Turkey, and if there are customs items there you may have to pay some kind of duty. Normally this is electronics, but in my case I had some videotapes that ended up being the property of the Turkish government for some reason, I have no idea why videotapes are a customs item (they weren't porn, if that's what you're thinking!). Apparently if its a customs item and you don't pick it up, they don't send it back, they keep it and dispose of it! Normally electronic items are customs items, like stereos, computer equipment, etc. I suppose VHS tapes were considered to be some kind of accessory to an electronics item... Here's a link that explains customs rules from the Turkish customs authority: DEAD LINK. There's also information about mailing personal items to Turkey! Hope that helps! Moderator note: The dead link went to the old Turkish customs website, which has been replaced by this one: http://www.gtb.gov.tr/ Unfortunately the new Turkish customs website has no English option as of the time of this note (9/13/2014)
  12. Hi Chala,Just to clarify, Sultan is a previous name I used as the administrator of the forums, but after being hacked a few times I now use a different name for the administrator without ever posting anything using that name. To be sure the admin name couldn't be hijacked I changed Sultan to a member and now only post as ben densin, as a moderator. Sorry for any confusion... I checked the site as well (and fixed the dead link), they probably don't have any course dates for 2007. I had heard previously that they offer the course every summer in Izmir. I have a friend who owns an English language school, I'll ask him if he knows of any 2007 course dates, and if not, if he would get back to me on it when there are course dates for 2007.
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