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Hi. I'm new to this forum, and I have some questions. Our family is considering a move to Turkey. I'm American and my husband is Pakistani. We have 6 kids ranging in age from 1 month old to 17 years old. We have homeschooled the kids, had them in both public and private schools in the US, and had them in private schools in Saudi Arabia (Arabic language with no help for second language learners). They are English speaking. We are currently living in Abu Dhabi and found out after we arrived that public schools are for everyone according to policy (which we had thoroughly researched) but in reality they only enroll local citizens. I don't want to be taken by surprise like this again. This would be a longterm (permanent?) stay for us in Turkey, and I would like for my children to enroll in Turkish public schools and learn the language and culture and make friends. Will they in fact be allowed to enroll? And is there any help for children who are new to the Turkish language?
How would I fare in Turkey alone as an American? I am not an obvious dude that would wear some shirt that said 'USA' in bright red or something ridiculous as that. I did this in Canada and got strange looks but I didn't care because its Canada. I am no captain obvious but would really like to visit Turkey and generally was wondering how Turks view Americans. Im use to the typical saying 'the world hates Americans', yes I am aware of this. My neighbor is a Turk and told me the legends of Turkish women LOL. I am not going there for women but it just seems like an interesting country and sort of a mix of Europe and the Middle East. So I suppose I am a curious soul who is looking for an interesting place to see without a 'tourist group' mind you. You cannot see a culture by using them they do not show you the country entirely and I get bored going on those. I am in my mid 20s and but am a responsible person. Im not a trouble maker or lewd sort so I shouldn't worry about much while I am there? Turks just seem like interesting people.
Hi Everyone! I am new to this forum and so very glad that I found it. I need some advice for those of you who are living in turkey regarding your observations of how Turkish men interact with African American/black women. I'm an American black women who recently visited Turkey for the first time. My overall experience was very positive... I fell in love with all the culture and history in Turkey. I met a Turkish man in Istanbul who seemed really sweet and sincere. Although I honestly have no way of proving that his intentions are honorable, because I really don't know him that well. My question is, how are black people 'viewed' by Turkish people? I asked my friend how his family would respond to him dating a black woman and his reply was that "his family liked black people." Can this be true. The reason I am somewhat skeptical has to do with the history of racism in America and how in some parts of the states interracial couples are not necessarily well received. Especially in the South where I live. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance for your feedback
Hello everyone! My name is Angela and I have been married to a Turk for 6 years now and have resided in Oregon. We are moving to Beysehir (small city outside of Konya) in April, permanently! I am excited to finally occupy my home (which has been renovated and left empty for years) on a permanent basis and start my new life in Turkey. I am hoping to meet other people who are in a similar situation as me. It would help me feel less isolated and more comfortable during this big transition. I am a make-up artist by trade and my husband is an Engineer. We met while he was attending college for his masters degree in 2006. He never planned on staying here for an extended period of time until he met me Now it is time to pursue bigger and better things. Moving to Turkey is the best decision we have made. I am SO excited!!! Angela (Melek)