i guess i'm moving to Turkey?

posted 3 years ago in International
Post # 16
1717 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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sarahbah : I understand! And I agree about a lot of misconceptions. 

I think bottom line, it’s good we both can offer our perpectives so the op can make an informed decision.



Post # 18
4 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

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tinneranne2 :  congrats on the official decision! I’m sure that’s exciting and a little nerve-wracking! 🙂

THERE IS GARLIC.  I REPEAT THERE IS GARLIC. loll there’s lots of fresh garlic, I’m just lazy and like to cook with garlic salt. There’s also different Turkish spices that are fun to incorporate into cooking too.

I’m not a vegetarian or vegan (although I do try to eat mostly plant based). I’d say if you’re going to cook in your home, it will be pretty simple to make veg/vegan meals. There are tons of fresh fruits and vegetables and weekly outdoor bazaars that sell cheap produce. Pasta, legumes, and lentils are readily available and cheap too. And of course tons of rice. There isn’t much when it comes to dairy substitutes though. Sometimes I’ll see soy, almond, or coconut milk available, but nothing in the way of butter or cheese subs. 

Congrats again on your move! Continue to ask questions and talk with people who live here. It’ll help. 

Post # 19
3065 posts
Sugar bee

I wrote an earlier message but I’ve deleted it as the decision has already been made


Post # 20
906 posts
Busy bee

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tinneranne2 :  yay!!! Exciting times ahead! 

Post # 21
29 posts
  • Wedding: May 2000

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tinneranne2 :  hi there, I’m from Turkey and currently live in Istanbul but soon in a couple of weeks we will be moving to Edremit Akcay, a small Aegean coastal town. 

Actually @sarahbah pretty much covered all important points about Turkey so I have nothing to add but I’d be more than happy to answer any questions once you are here in Turkey. Just note that the Tarsus American College is one of the best high schools there and Tarsus is a very secular and ancient city. You will be very comfortable as a woman and most of the women never cover their head. 

Food is excellent if you like spices 😉 but of course you have big variety of vegetables and fruits quite cheap and fresh. 

By the way, I’m half German half Turkish, husband is Turkish citizen. I moved to Istanbul at the age of 16 in 1986 and had really crazy fun times as a young woman in my twenties (partying etc) and never ever felt insecure. 

As mentioned, should you have any questions happy to help. Congratulations again and wishing you all the best 

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