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Old 18th November 2019, 13:44   #431 (permalink)
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When I first came to live in Ortakent the people in the village were always asking me if I was from America, of course I always told them I wasn't but it seems that they don't believe me. When people ask me now I just say I am from Ortakent. That really throws them but shuts them up. From my experience I don't think it's so they can con you but simply natural curiosity and an expression of friendship.
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How is life treating you in Turkey. Anyone got any snow yet. Alanya had a very extended summer this year. How is Turkish life changing with the onset of winter.?
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Was watching a news article 2 days ago with fairly deep snow in the North east and along the Black sea coastline
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Be interesting if any of our TLFers are experiencing that.
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No snow shash but it's very quiet even the local people are not out not normal .
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We very rarely get snow here in Didim
The weather lateley has been mild with sunshine by day (16-18 deg) but getting nippy at night , although the rainy season is upon us, about 3 pm this afternoon it chucked it down, the roads all looked like rivers
We like it here , we seem to have adapted to living in Turkey easier than I initially thought we would , we struck it lucky really, we are only 130 yards away from a mini Carrefour , and ( by electric scooter)..about 3 minutes away from a big Migros, banks and the town and around 7-8 minutes away from the front

There are still around 6 or so bars/restaurants open on the front but the town is mostly open all year , we have assembled a set of tradesmen who are reliable and honest (it feels weird as back in the UK, I did all the painting/decorating and building required) , yet here it is actually cheaper to get someone in, who can do what is required and source the materials and do the job cheaper than I could get the materials for .
The only thing I normally do is tell them I will do the silicone sealant as I have yet to meet a Turk who can do it properly, they usually try and use acrylic instead of actual silicone (we can even get a decent imported silicone here now as the local stuff is crap)
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I know what you mean about doing the silicone. I've got some real wonky stuff going on around the bath.
Nice that you still have places open during the autumn onward months.
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Its been a deeply frustrating year for us. We were to put our house on the market back in March 2019 and start the move process but made the mistake of deciding to wait till the uncertainty of Brexit was behind us

In the end by July we realised it was now or never so we put the house up for sale at the beginning of Aug.

Waste of time virtually no interest and in my job as a building surveyor I was seeing staff reductions at estate agents as the housing market ground to a halt. If wed have stuck to March things would have been considerably better.

We had our third trip to Turkey booked and decided on 3.5 weeks in order to sort out paperwork for the move. In the end we scraped the paperwork bit in light of the fact we were no further forwards and just had a holiday.

Of sorts

My wife works as an international conference interpreter. Some of her work is by video link and whilst we were in Turkey at the villa she had four days work planned. SO imagine our horror when we found the internet wasnt working. The client wont accept Wi Fi so frantic attempts were made to secure a fast earthnut connection.

The site manager Helen offered us her office on the site but sadly it was to noisy and still the internet was slow. We thought we were doomed, letting a client down at such short notice was not good for future employment but at the last min we were offered a Solicitors office in Manvgat.

It was perfect and it went well even on the last conference in Mexico where my wife had to work till 10PM Turkish time. The office closed at 5 but they let her stay on and work, offering to have someone stay with her if she was concerned and sending someone back at 10:30pm to lock up.

We offered money but this was refused, we gave gifts that were so humbly accepted.

I cant tell you how much of an impact things like this have on me. It touches me deeply how perfect strangers and foreigners to boot can be so welcomed and so supported.

I cant wait to finally sell my house and move to Turkey Its going up for sale again in March and I have everything crossed that this time round it will work out.
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Wow! Chasey I can't imagine that happening in the UK. It's heartwarming. Hope you get to sell your house. Would you not put it on the market at Xmas time? When people have time after the festivities to look around. This time of year has always been good for my daughter.....good luckwith it.
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I don't know where in Kent you are, but where I live in Broadstairs the property market seems to be picking up a bit. Some of the 1 & 2 million pound houses & 700k flats that had been on the market for several years have just sold.
I just took a look at rightmove for my area. There are 677 properties for sale, but if you include the ones under offer/sold subject to contact there are 971, so nearly 1/3 have potentially been sold
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