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Lonesome Cowboy

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  1. Hi ME it's good to see you in Turkey Central, I missed your posts on the other forum (madhouse). I can't offer you any real help as I am still living in the Bodrum area but Izmir is one of out target areas. As far as health care in that area is concerned you have made a good choice as the area has a myriad of hospitals and clinics both private and public. I have visited several over the last few years and can recommend all of them. I hope you don't have to use their services too often though and stay in good health. Having a Turkish spouse does help to fast track you through life here. I send my best wishes to you and your wife and hope you get settled in quick time, Pete.
  2. Sorry folks for not responding to all your useful replies but my life has been a bit cluttered lately (medical issues) We spent a long weekend at the beginning of this month in Çiģli, I attended the Kent private hospital for some specialist treatment. We stayed in the nearest hotel we could find, a 4 star place which was warm and comfortable but it had seen better days. We spent our time in there as moving around was difficult for me. It seems after a week though that the treatment is working for which I am grateful. We didn't see much of the area but though my wife liked it I wasn't struck by it. We are planning a week's visit to Urla in the late spring to do a little research but until we sell our property in Bodrum we are stuck with just looking.
  3. Thank you Ken, your comments and pictures warrant a visit there soon. Pete
  4. Hmm that doesn't sound too inspiring for they are the one thing I am trying to avoid. Since you have mentioned Köyceğiz as being your home I am now assuming you live on the bank of the lake, is this so and can you tell me a little bit about your area. We are desperately seeking to leave Bodrum but we don't want city life Pete
  5. Can anyone on the forum tell me anything about Köyceğiz ?
  6. Thanks Fener the attraction for Menderes is for direct flights to England and beyond all year round. Pegasus have let me down too often with onward flights.
  7. Izmir Ted, thank you for your useful reply. I will be returning to your post in time. If you refer to my OP you will see that my intended area is not Izmir the city but Izmir the district. The kind of place I am looking for must be within easy reach of both major hospitals and the Menderes airport, more so now Istanbul flights are being directed to the new joint. Pete.
  8. You guys are fantastic, I was hoping to get a little guidance but what I've got is wonderful and only after 24 hours. Thank you all.
  9. Thanks Fener, it's begining to look like we are going to spend a lot longer on our search.
  10. Thanks Fener, this is exactly the kind of help I am looking for.
  11. After living in Bodrum for 12 years, my wife and I are thinking of a move to the Izmir region. We want to get away from the extreme heat of summer and the growing number of Istanbul visitors. That isn't to say we don't like the visitors but Bodrum is no longer able to cope with the influx. We have made so many friends and contacts here that we are going to miss so much but sadly we don't think that we have too much choice in the matter. This will me a big move for us as we still have all the furniture we brought over from England all those years ago which is still in servicable condition. We will spend this summer involved in market research which will mean quite a few extended trips up there. Our intended target area is a town named Urla which is west of Izmir itself. Our first visit will likely be simply looking around, radiating outwards from the town centre. This will also help to show us where the Belediye, muhtar, emlaks and medical fascilities are. We will be starting from scratch and so could use local knowledge where available, the first thing we will need is a suitable base and if anyone here could recommend a clean and reliable pension or any other useful information or suggestions it would be gratefully receiced. Pete.
  12. Sorry I wasn't any help and believe me I was not suggesting you were a coward. My brother in law who lives in the USA will be pleased to find out that his sons who are of military age will not be pulled into the army when they visit here. I wish you well.
  13. Hi Selim, welcome to the forum. I can't help with advice on aquiring Turkish citizanship but I am curious as to why you want it. How often do you visit Turkey, do you have strong ties with relatives or friends here, do you speak fluent Turkish ? I don't want to scare you off but we see state funerals for Turkish soldiers every day. Your insistance in avoiding joining the military would suggest you don't wish to defend your country. I have lived here in Turkey for 12 years and became a Turkish citizen 10 years ago. I married a Turkish woman in Istanbul 30 years ago. The procedure was, translation of my birth certificate and British passport. Both parents first names, a visit to the local courthouse for security check and criminal record. Medical check and fingerprints. An interview with the city mayor and the city counsil. 200TL fee and an 8 week wait. Whilst waiting the jandarma visited my house. If I can do it, I'm sure you can too. Good luck.
  14. I have just read Ken's 5 bullet points and agree completely with every point he has made One thing that has not been mentioned is the fact that you have to carry ID at all times, be it passport or residency paperwork. These are as valuable to a thief as càsh or cards and extra care should be taken with them. Many people wear what is some times refered to as a bum bag. (a zip pouch worn around the waist) These in my opinion are not secure as a would be thief now knows where you keep your valuables an can plan his strategy. What I would suggest is a money belt, this is flat and roomy and is worn under your clothing. Keep some small money in your pants pocket and be careful where you access the belt. There might be one other item which Ken would be more qualified to answer. There is a growing feeling against the West at the moment, particularly Americans. Good luck and enjoy your stay here. Pete.
  15. Softly softly catcha monkey, I noticed that Thomas made his one and only post a year ago and has probably been and gone by now. I have visited many parts of Turkey during the last 30 years and met no agression at all from Turks. I am English born and bred and have many American relatives, I am not sure if this has affected my accent but I have been mistaken for an American on many occasions but not suffered as a result. Moving on to Turkey in current times it might not be such a good idea for foreigners to visit major cities right now because of the animosity being promoted recently. That is not to say that foreigners won't be welcomed by most. The flash points here have always been places to avoid. That does though apply to many other countries of course. As Bob Dylan used to sing. "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows"
  16. Just an update on this thread, A few dayss after the cylinder instalation the guy came back and painted the pipe. We ordered a top up for our main tank, they came and delivered a few days later. That about winds it up, my wife is happy, I'm happy and Aygaz is happy. Result.
  17. The guys from Milangaz arrived at 9:45am this morning and were finished at 11:00am. My wife asked them if they were going to paint the pipe, they told here they didn't have any on board but would return soon to do it. They cleared debris from inside the pipe, tested for leaks and commissioned the kitchen hob. Job done and costing less than the nonsence Aygaz wanted to do.
  18. After much though and consideration my wife has decided not to allow Aygaz to ruin her kitchen. We are going to have a 45kg cylinder outside the kitchen. Today my gardener came and he formed a base for the bottle. Tomorrow Aygaz will come in the afternoon to cut their supply to our kitchen. On Thursday Milangaz will make the alterations to the existing pipework and divert it to their cylinder.
  19. JANUARY 21st What a difference a day makes. I have managed to get a telephone number for the company who carried out the instalation back then. My wifes cousin who has an engineering backgound and speaks Turkish is going to call by so I can show him the
  20. All fixed now I trust Ken. Over here in Ortakent the wind started to get up around 6pm on the 6th. Whilst we were in bed the noise outside was horrendous. The following morning I first went outside to check that my solar panels and satellite dishes were still there. Next I looked out the terrace doors into the garden, as we have a few very old olive trees on our boundary I was looking skyward to count the amount of large branched still in place. There was what we thought was one of my wifes olive trees that she planted some years ago on the ground. It turned out to be a branch from one of the older trees. We have spoken to neighbours but there doesn't appear to be any damage locally thankfully. The weather here in Turkey seems to become more extreme with each passing year Pete. P. S. I wanted to post a couple of pictures but as yet I have no idea how to.
  21. Over the last few weeks there have been several destructive storms in thia area. A warnig issued yesterday resulted in high winds here in Bodrum last night. The Antalya Governor’s Office announced that all education from kindergartens to high schools have been halted in Kemer, Kumluca, Finike, Demre and Kaş districts due to the meteorological warnings about a storm that is expected to continue until Feb. 7. With all these events in mind I am, and I am sure others on this forum are hoping that our Antalya members will be safe. Best wishes to you all, Pete.
  22. I had to smile at your post to Neil_Denizli. When I read down your list of English to Türkçe phrases I came to... Change the bed sheets.............. Çarşafları değiştir I did wonder what the next line would be.
  23. I have been reading some of your previous posts on this thread Ken and I have real sympathy for you. You seem to have worked so hard at this Turkish malarkey and are not that much better than I am. In my case I put it down to ageing brain cells and a cluttered mind. Because my wife is native Turkish I tend to give up now, my needs are few and if I can't make myself understood I just give up. I can always get what I want the next time we go out shopping together. I find that I can do just as well with nodding my head, raising my eyebrows, rolling my eyes and waving my hands. Another method is to let them show me everything in the shop or stall untill they show me what I want. Turks have a much smaller vocabulary than us English speakers and less educated have bearly 30,000 words to work with. If you mispronounce an English word when speaking with an English person they can quickly compensate the slip and understand... not so with a Turk. If for instance you want a pencil/s and hold up a stedledder, they will look at it and shake their head, even though you can see a shelf full of pencils behind them. What they are saying to you is they don't have any stedledders. After arriving in Turkey to live permanently here I applied for citizenship being eligable having married a Turk in Istanbul, after all the toing and froing chasing the paper chain I was finally summoned to Muģla to attend my interview. My wife was held back in the anti-room and I was ushered through to a large hall, after the hoşgeldin & merhaba I sat down, I was faced with five or six officials, assistant governer, chief of police the fire chief and two more. The head of the board opened the questioning, I just answered bilmiyorum to all his questions, then the police chief asked me if I was a veteran but in English, I said I was a retiree but not yet a veteran. The board fell silent the the cop said 'you're not an American then? They had read UK citizen as USA citizen. The assistant governer had had enough by this time and called for my wife, he gave her such a roasting saying 'you have been married to this man for almost 20 years and not taught him any Turkish, you had better start now' We were both waved out of the room. About three weeks later we had an email to say we had to attend the nufus to collect my kimlik. ....... Who needs Türkçe!!
  24. I'm not sure if I am going to add anything to this topic, in fact I am more likely to be a job's comforter. My introduction to the Turkish (Türkçe) language was about 1988 when my now wife and I became an issue. On my first visit to Turkey I was introduced to her parents, to my surprise they both accepted me right away. Her father was very frustrated because he wanted to speak to me but couldn't. When we got married in Istanbul he told me I was now a part of the family and must learn Türkçe, I foolishly promised him that when I next visited Turkey I would have learned the language and we would be able to speak to eachothe when we were playing backgammon. That was a long time ago and I still haven't been able to hold a conversation. Despite attending many language courses and recieving private tuition lessons I am still hopeless. I know several words, their meaning and correct pronunciation but I cannot group them into a usefull sentance. A friend of mine in England used to say thet when God was handing out languages to different nations, everyone got something they could manage except the Turks who complained that they didn't get a language. God looked around on the ground and hurriedly and gathered up all the letters that had been dropped, put them in a box and told them they now had a language.
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