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Hi everyone--

I'll be moving to Izmir in a bit less than a month, and so I thought I'd make a list of the things I need to do once I hit the ground, more or less in the order of importance. I thought I'd share it to give others who are moving here ideas for their own list, and of course I welcome anyone's thoughts or comments about mine.

1. Exchange (some) money

2. Buy cell phone (any cheap thing is fine for me); get number

3. Buy a good street map; start familiarizing oneself with the city

4. Contact various friends upon arrival

5. Obtain tax id--look at thread on turkeycentral.com to see what I need to bring

6. Obtain resident permit-look at thread on turkeycentral.com to see what I need to bring

7. Locate work, so I can determine commute while looking for apartment

8. Find a bank--someplace close to work, perhaps

a. open checking account

b. open savings account

c. apply for credit card

d. open safety deposit box; store jewelry there

9. Find an apartment

10. Inform friends/family of new contact information

11. Sign up for services as needed:

a. Electricity

b. Gas

c. Water

d. Internet Service

e. Sewage

f. Garbage removal

g. Consider getting television service

12. Practice calling internationally using Skype-to-cell service

13. Locate various transportation options (Dolmuş, buses, metro, ferries) to get to/from work and just how to get around generally

14. Find local:

a. supermarket

b. bakery

c. butcher

d. greengrocer

e. pharmacy

f. hardware store

g. vet

h. dry cleaners

i. laundromat (if I don’t have a washer right away)

j. gym/Pilates classes

k. bookstore

l. cafe/tea garden

m. library

n. photo printer

o. post office

15. Buy immediate necessities:

a. Toilet paper (!)

b. Paper towels

c. Beverages: water, tea

d. Snacks/fruit/fixings for easy meals

e. Cleaning supplies: mop/broom/dustpan/swifter/vacuum or hand vac/toilet brush/Comet/Floor cleaner/Windex/duster/sponges/scrub brushes

f. Soap and personal supplies to replenish travel-sized things: toothbrush/toothpaste/antipersperant/shampoo/conditioner/personal things

16. Buy incidentals:

a. Bedding: Sheets/pillow/blanket for both master bedroom and guest bedroom

b. Towels: Bath and hand (bring washcloths, as they are hard to find in Turkey)

c. Dishes/glasses/cutlery/knives/bowls/a platter or tray (am bringing a pot and pan)Tea pot and glasses (of course!)

d. Perhaps a watering can and plants for balcony Posted Image

17. If unfurnished, buy:

a. “White goods”--review Ken's information in the Izmir thread on turkeycentral.com

i. Stove/oven

ii. Refrigerator

iii. Dishwasher (not necessary unless there is a hole in the cabinetry)

iv. Wash machine

b. Furniture

i. Table (double as kitchen table and desk)

ii. 4 chairs

iii. Bed for master bedroom room

iv. Bed for guest room

v. End table for master bedroom

vi. End table for guest room

vii. Couch

viii. Coffee or end table

ix. Dresser (perhaps, if closets not outfitted with shelves)

c. Accessories

i. Curtains or blinds, if needed

ii. Light fixtures, including reading lamp for guest room

d. Misc.

i. Printer/scanner for computer

ii. printer paper

iii.ink

18. Make duplicate keys; put in safety deposit box

19. Consider getting a post-office box

20. Take care of medical stuff:

a. General Practitioner (ask aquaintaintces for recommendations)

b. Specialist (Ask GP)

c. Proceed to find out address to have doctor send medication to

21. Find out how to call emergency services

22. Check out availability of Turkish language classes

23. Check in at work

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Just some of my thoughts Quinn

5. Obtain tax id--look at thread on turkeycentral.com to see what I need to bring

You will also need to register at the local Nufus Bureau. Take your rental agreement plus passport and also your RP or TC ID card. You will have to go to the Nufus Bureau even if you have a TC ID card.

6. Obtain resident permit-look at thread on turkeycentral.com to see what I need to bring.

If you have got TC before you arrive you won't need one. If you haven't, look at the thread about getting an RP in Izmir. This is going to be interesting as to how it works out. If you haven't got TC before you come to Turkey you will of course need to get a RP. Normally if someone is married to a Turk thery don't need to show money in the bank, your husband needs to be with you and he has to present copies of his ID card and also your marriage certificate. If you were married in the US you will need to get it translated. The problem is that he will be living in the US for a while before he joins you in Turkey so I think you will need to ask about that at the yabanci bureau. It maybe that you have to show that you have 500 USD in the bank for each month unless you are applying for a WP and can show a contract from the school which will cover that.

8. Find a bank--someplace close to work, perhaps

a. open checking account

b. open savings account

c. apply for credit card

If you haven't got TC you can't open a bank account in Izmir without an RP, you will also have to show your passport. Also without TC you may find it hard to get a credit card unless you have a lot of money in the bank.

9. Find an apartment

If you go via an Emlak they will usually charge you 1 months rent as a fee. Make sure you get receipts for any money you handover.

11. Sign up for services as needed:

a. Electricity

b. Gas

c. Water

d. Internet Service

e. Sewage

f. Garbage removal

g. Consider getting television service

e and f charges won't apply they are covered by other bills

16. Buy incidentals:

a. Bedding: Sheets/pillow/blanket for both master bedroom and guest bedroom

b. Towels: Bath and hand (bring washcloths, as they are hard to find in Turkey)

If you are living near a large market you will find you can buy towels and bed linen there and are usually cheaper.

c. Dishes/glasses/cutlery/knives/bowls/a platter or tray (am bringing a pot and pan)Tea pot and glasses (of course!)

Electric Kettle

Accessories

i. Curtains or blinds, if needed

Net curtains are usually made to order I think you call them sheers in the US., If you want to buy ready made curtains or blinds you can go to Kotas, IKEA or Baumax, you will need a friend with a car to take you to these places. You can also get curtains and blinds made for you but they will be expensive.

20. Take care of medical stuff:

If you haven't got TC you will need to take your passport and RP.

If you are employed legally your employer should provide SGK Health Insurance. If not and you haven't got TC you need to make sure you take out private medical insurance.

21. Find out how to call emergency services

Medical 112

Police 155

Jandarma 156

Fire 110

It's unlikely that any of the operators for these services will be able to speak English, if you aren't fluent in Turkish you will need some who is.

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also 14i: laundromat. Get used to hand-washing your clothes until you have a machine; laundromats don't exist in Turkey (unless Izmir is different than every other part of Turkey I've been to in that respect, but somehow I doubt it), and taking all your laundry to a dry cleaner is just impractical (and I don't think they do skivvies anyway)

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You're right IWB, as far I'm aware the only places you might find laundromats are at boating marinas.

For street maps you are better off finding your area on Google maps and printing it, that will be better detailed than any map you can buy.

In which area of Izmir will you be working, perhaps I can help you locate it?

For TV you might want to consider the Ttnett package that includes TV ADSL and telephone.

There is cable TV in Izmir but I don't think you can change the language on foreign channels to English whereas on Digiturk and I think TTnett you can.

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Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for all the replies! Abi, that is a ton of great info. I didn't realize that I would need to register at the Nufus bureau, so that's good to know. My husband is coming with me to help set me up in an apartment, so he will be with me for almost two weeks. Hopefully we can accomplish everything in that amount of time.

One of the things I'm really lucky about is that a family member of my best friend here is meeting us at the airport and we will be staying with her and her family until we get an apartment. Apparently she is a judge, so hopefully she will know all the in's-and-out's of what to do. Do you have to register in the part of the city where you live? She doesn't live in Alsancak or Karşıyaka (a nod to IWB here--the Chrome add-on for Turkish letters is so very handy!) Posted Image which is where I anticipate living.

I am going to re-do my list according to your notes--thank you so much!

also 14i: laundromat. Get used to hand-washing your clothes until you have a machine; laundromats don't exist in Turkey (unless Izmir is different than every other part of Turkey I've been to in that respect, but somehow I doubt it), and taking all your laundry to a dry cleaner is just impractical (and I don't think they do skivvies anyway)

Oh. dear. Hmmm. That is a bummer. Posted Image Thanks for the head's up!

Ahududu: what is "council tax" and how does it work? I haven't heard of this before . . .

Sunny: I'll be working in the Konak region. I pmed you the details. Posted Image

I'm sort of unsure about the whole TV thing. I would basically get it to force myself to watch to improve my Turkish. I only watch one show, and it's free on Hulu the next day after it airs. I haven't even turned on the Olympics yet. Posted Image I will though! I'm just waiting for gymnastics!

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hi Quinn,It's called Emlak Vergisi - property tax. You pay it twice a year, or all in one go.

It's for the road sweeping, 'garbage' collection, parks, that sort of thing.

It's very cheap (compared to UK) ours is 100 and something TL for the year.(If you're renting, it may be included in the rent, I don't know).

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Unlike the UK I'm glad to say that property tax is included in the rental price.

Quinn even if you are a yabanci you need to register with the Nufus or Mukhtar if you live here. Not sure if Izmir has a central Nufus or different district ones.

I'm so glad your husband will be with you for a couple of weeks as it will be stressful being on your own. Also glad you are staying with that lady for a while as she will make life so much easier for you and will be able to open many doors for you.

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More bad news Quinn... unless you have a good proxy server you won't be able to watch Hulu videos... Hulu doesn't allow viewing in Turkey (it's not blocked by Turkey, but by Hulu).

Posted Image Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! Posted Image I understand and accept that: I won't be able to commute most place by bike; can't swim in the sea in Izmir proper; won't be able to find cheddar cheese; won't have decent Mexican food; won't be able to find a laundromat; won't be able to be casual about my cell phone and allow it to go to "cell phone" mode (opposed to wi-fi only mode) etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. But not be able to see the finale of Bachelor Pad? Are you freaking kidding me?

Come to think of it, this is the reason why I don't watch television: The television I tend to watch is really, really bad television, and I get thoroughly and inexplicably addicted to it.

Maybe this move is exactly what I need, after all. Posted Image

Thanks IWB--you are saving me from a lot of freak-outs in the future. Posted Image

BTW: can you suggest a "good proxy server"? In case I get desperate?

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Can't help you with the proxies; I'm kind of a techtard, only figured out torrents 6mos ago, still haven't figured out proxies. I miss my morning radio guys; KLOS is blocked here too (again by the station, not by Turkey) but somehow I've managed to survive without for 1-1/2 years so far and no major withdrawals. I don't know bachelor pad, but if it's season 3 you're in luck: there's a good online TV website that I use to watch some of my shows on occasion that's updated pretty frequently and as of right now season3 episode3 is scheduled to be posted on August 6, so even if it's a little behind the actual air date you'll still be able to watch it. Oh! you probably want that website, right? Okay, I'll put it up for you. Here it is. Right here. Just follow the link I'm about to post. It's really a good website. They have all kinds of TV shows and movies also. Not a lot of hard-to-find movies, but a good list nonetheless. Huge list of TV shows, too. New episodes and old ones. I've watched the entire run of the Family Guy on this site. They've got Beavis and Butthead too, if you're into that. And Baywatch, but I've never watched that show.... There are some good Amerikan and UK shows available on cable here as well, we've got FX and CNBC-e and others for shows like Bones, Dexter, and The Walking Dead, three of my favorites. Also Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno. Unfortunately no SNL, but you can watch that on the website I'm about to link to. Which is really nice because that's another show I miss. Yup. Saturday Night Live. Remember the "Shimmer" sketch back in the 70's? "Its a floor wax AND a dessert topping!" Yeah, you probably want that website now, right? Okay, here we go.... Ready?... It's called Project Free TV and here is the LINK. Enjoy!

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On 7/31/2012 at 9:30 AM, 'Fil said:

Keep on rolling, cultivate the eccentricity, will go down well with your students.

But eccentricity shouldn't be life-threatening, so be careful on your bike.

There is so much bad TV soaps to watch here, you may never go out.

Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Fil!!!! Hi! you crack me up. Posted Image No need to "cultivate eccentricity" in my case-- it just kind of accumulates naturally. Posted Image It's both re-assuring and scary that there is a surfeit of really bad TV available in Turkey. I can't afford to not leave the house! I need to work!

IWB--thanks so much for the link! That is excellent! And you provided a nice review of Really Bad Television (RBTV). Baywatch! Beavis and Butthead! Yes! Currently I'm only addicted to the Bachelor franchise, thank goodness. And yes, indeed, it is season 3. The Villan of the past season of the Bachelorette is said to get romantic with Fan Favorite runner-up from the previous season of the Bachelor. I gotta see this! Posted Image

Abi, thanks for the info on proxy servers. I'm sure it will be necessary to find a good one for other reasons I've read about on the board--i.e. watching youtube, etc.

Thanks everybody!

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