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Old 30th December 2011, 11:58   #1 (permalink)
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winter in Dalyan

Hi guys

Happy New Year to you all.

Denise and I have been here for 2 weeks and look forward to spending more time in Dalyan after her last chick flies the nest soon (Inshallah).

We have met some very nice people on this trip and hope to meet more.
Here is my real concern and any advice will be recieved with pleasure.

What do people do in winter as I have a real fear that I would end up spending too much time and money socialising in bars rather than enjoying other aspects of Dalyan and Turkey.

What do you all get up to apart from Cribbage and quizes (Clean replies only xx).

We do like walking and are getting into geocaching. Cycling seems popular as well!

What other activities, clubs, pastimes are available?

What do you guys do to make your days/evenings more social?

Take care and hope to hear some inspiring replies to keep my Efes bill to a minimum.

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Re: winter in Dalyan

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hi guys

happy new year to you all.

Denise and i have been here for 2 weeks and look forward to spending more time in dalyan after her last chick flies the nest soon (inshallah).

We have met some very nice people on this trip and hope to meet more.
Here is my real concern and any advice will be recieved with pleasure.

What do people do in winter as i have a real fear that i would end up spending too much time and money socialising in bars rather than enjoying other aspects of dalyan and turkey.

What do you all get up to apart from cribbage and quizes (clean replies only xx).

We do like walking and are getting into geocaching. Cycling seems popular as well!

What other activities, clubs, pastimes are available?

What do you guys do to make your days/evenings more social?

Take care and hope to hear some inspiring replies to keep my efes bill to a minimum.

Regards

alan and denise
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Re: winter in Dalyan

At the moment you could try puddle jumping .

Seriously though this is our second winter here and we do not frequent the bars or quizs.

One or two dogs will keep you occupied and amused, there are plenty to choose from at the animal shelter that are looking for a loving home.

THen you have the walking (there is an organised walk every sunday) and cycling or even bird watching.
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Re: winter in Dalyan

I actually thought a bit about this over the last few weeks, although we are not in a position to leave the UK fully (our business, son at school etc) and nor would we want to quite yet, I thought of what would be needed to live all year-round in somewhere like Dalyan (at least for me) without getting bored and ending up drinking far too much and getting cynical about the whole thing.

We spent Christmas at our villa and although we loved being in Dalyan out of season, if we were living here all year, we would really need 'things' to do to keep us occupied. Here' my list (and I stress this is for me!):

(1) Choose the right property - you need heating of some kind in the winter - our apartment had no fire, just air conditioning and heating using this method is expensive. Our villa has a log stove and this made it really cozy even in the very cold nights.

(2)Learn Turkish - something to do and it helps greatly in really integrating, I expect.

(3) Install Satellite TV that has all of the channels available in the UK - (not sure if this is possible) but DigiTurk just wouldn't be enough for those long winter evenings

(4)Good Broadband to enable me to continue buying and selling on Ebay, download books to my kindle etc.

(5) Have a car or at least full access to one, to do some travelling and just pop out to Ortaca or somewhere for shopping.

(6) Integrate into the Turkish community if possible

(7) Keep busy, fix things, learn new skills etc

(8) Have enough money to live well and travel to places like Istanbul etc when we like.

(9) Join the Gym at the new hotel - well-equiped with all the weights I'd ever need

(10) Have my good Mountain Bike sent over or acquire one in Turkey that was capable of doing long rides with minimum effort - a good bike makes a huge difference

In short, I think I'd need to transfer a lot of the elements of life I have here to Turkey in order to live there year-round - obviously not English pubs and cafes or I may as well stay here, but just the things that keep us occupied during the cold winter evenings here in the UK.

Again, I stress that this is MY list, I suspect that yours and others will be totally different.

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Re: winter in Dalyan

I think you have nailed it.

Your welcome for drinks with Denise and I anytime and we will take you geo caching.

Not something muggles really know about.

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I think you have nailed it.

Your welcome for drinks with Denise and I anytime and we will take you geo caching.

Not something muggles really know about.

Many thanks

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Geo caching; no need to orientate map and compass. lol

I think the trick to a rewarding retirement is having plenty to do; especially if you've had a busy working life. I'm looking forward to not slowing down just doing more of what I want to, not what I need to. So as Alan writes above; get hobbies, try something, try what you would have liked to if only you had the time when working. Muggle.
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Re: winter in Dalyan

hey lets get geo caching .

may i invite people to turn up do a bit of walking and some geo caching fun and please join us in our garden for reviving beverages after.

Tea or coffee.lolk

Or not

Whose up for it????

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