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  1. I just recently saw the Özdelek Shopping Center when I was on AntRay, and so am looking forward to checking it out. Indeed, I like the Doğu Garajı neighborhood and thereabouts. Everyone we knew was pushing the neighborhood around the 5M Migros in Konyaaltı and so we did see it. But I don't get the appeal, especially compared to various places in Muratpaşa.
  2. Thanks Hobbit, I'll check it out. Sadly, Flashcard Exchange was sold, and the thing I loved about it (and paid for!) was the way it allowed one to use the compartments. Most flashcard programs have such compartments, but they dont "remember" where you are at when you close a session. I've been looking for a replacement, but haven't found any, and have just been making due with the file in Excel. I do a tiny bit of programming as a hobby, and so it's on the backburner as a future project to make an app that would mimic the old Flashcard Exchange but . . . meh. I'd rather keep learning Turk
  3. Thanks, IslandGirl! Those are really good tips. Where in Muratpaşa did you live? I'll look to see if I can find a map online of the Tram line. Is there a stop in Çağlayan, do you know? Or how long it would take a bus to go from Çağlayan to the city center?
  4. How far away is Fener, Çağlayan, Şirinyalı and Yeşilbahçe from city center, both in terms of in terms of traffic (do the main roads between this area and city center have heavy traffic during rush hour?) Are there buses from/to this area from/to the city center and if so, how long does it take to get to city center? Do you know the neighborhood name that has the 5M Migros in Konyaaltı?
  5. Yes, it appears perhaps that individuals may have a year reprieve: DEAD LINK That is a bummer about VA pensions, Hobbit. It seems to me vets should be entitled to count on their checks, after their service.
  6. Thank you for your reply, Hobbit. Thanks esp. for the info on superonline. Good to know, esp. because superonline want a 2 year committment/contract that sounds pretty punitive if you cancel. I will check your suggestions out one by one. We have called TTNET at least 5 times, but haven't even gotten a call back, much less a visit from a Real Person. Sigh. But your suggestions give me some positive steps to take. thanks much--
  7. Here's one link, Tatertot. I now can't find the site that quote the 330 day rule though. :-( DEAD LINK Maybe I'll limit my time to less than 35 days if it turns out to be true that you can only spend 35 days back before being forced into the system . . . I'll see if I can find anything else . . .
  8. I just read somewhere that between October 1 and March 2014, everyone (Americans) have to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined if you don't. I've done a little research and saw that if you are living abroad, you are exempt, but "living abroad" apparently means living away from the US 330 days a year, and between two vacations--one in the summer, one in the winter--I overstay that. Just wondering how others are dealing with this/making sense of the rules.
  9. Hi all-- So I've had TTNET for over a year now. During the winter, my connectivity was very bad. It seemed like it was a lot, lot worse whenever it rained. Example: some evenings I would be on Skype with family/friends and my line would be dropped as many as a dozen times in a half hour. It was very frustrating. I Turkey for a vacation in the States in June and came back at the end of August. For several weeks, the internet was sheer bliss--not one problem. I forgot all about my former internet problems. Then it rained last week, and it's been hellish since. Didn't have the interne
  10. Fil! That's fantastic! Congratulations! There is, though, a bit of a difference between you and most of us who are teaching EFL in Turkey. If I remember correctly, you are a bona fide academic with a Ph.d and an impressive set of credentials, teaching in an academic department, not the hazirlik school. That said, maybe it is different in your school; maybe they would hire a dual citizen and consider that person a native. (If this is the case, I'd love to know!) Dilem23 did indicate that she was specifically looking for work in Izmir, and at least in two of the state universities and on
  11. Hi EmmaD. I like the site milliyetemlak.com for searching for places to live. I did a search and it came up with over 60 prospects, some of which are villas. I did see one villa for 1100TL and another for 1300TL. Considering it's a villa and not an apartment, it seems like a very good price to me, but then I'm in the thick of things in Izmir. Here is the link of the places I found: http://www.milliyetemlak.com/ilan/kiralik-konut/izmir?kategori=1&durum=1&sehir=3&ilceler=1576 Good luck and keep us posted--
  12. Actually, I have found it to be a huge disadvantage to have Turkish citizenship in terms of teaching English. Two state universities in Izmir offered me a job and then had to rescind when they found out that I actually have Turkish citizenship (I'm American and got my Turkish citizenship last year through my Turkish husband). Basically, because of the Turkish citizenship, I cannot be considered a native. That means that in order to be hired at a state university, I would have to take the tests all the Turkish teachers have to take in order to get hired there, unless I want to work part-time
  13. Hi all-- Coming in a bit late here, and there is so much information that I'm afraid I'll miss some things, but I thought I'd make a stab at putting in my 2 cents. In my experience this year, the most important thing for a native speaker teacher is that he/she has a university degree in English. Apparently this wasn't always the case; I spoke to one administrator at a state university and he said that years ago it was good enough for a person to just be a native speaker, but now they require their native speaking teachers to specifically have a degree in English. I believe (although I co
  14. Ok, you got me. Abi--you're so right. I do find my husband being rigid or frustrated and I'm just like "Türkiye böyle." Ahududu--so true. I think it is harder for returning Turks, in a way, than it is for us yabancis. People tend to cut us more slack, and also to compliment us on our progress in the language, while all the time my husband gets, "you've forgotten your mother tongue!" (he moved when he was three!) Thanks for the kind words, Meral. It is true that I finally feel comfortable here. So many things have come together in the past few months. I'm finally in a place w
  15. lol Sunny. Re-reading my entry, I can see why you wrote that it seems to good to be true. I did highlight all the positive things and didn't mention any of the negatives, but of course there are negatives there just as there are everywhere. What I've discovered is that what's important is to determine if the negatives at any given place are something that you can tolerate. At my school, for instance, sometimes the administration is a little disorganized--I have found out on numerous occasions that my class was cancelled during the end-of-the-school-year testing, for example, and no one told
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