Living in Turkey | How the internet is a life line

By | on 22nd February 2012 | 4 Comments

livinginturkeyLiving in Turkey is great but you do miss family and friends and if you live outside of the expat areas you will also miss the opportunity of having a cuppa and a friendly chat in your own language.

At times I really miss having a good gossip and a moan with someone in my own tongue, having a girlie shopping trip and just being purely British for a little while.

I am really glad we don’t live in an expat area, otherwise it would be to easy not to integrate into the community here in Adapazar?. I have made some lovely friends and I have some wonderful neighbours.

We regularly all meet up during the week for tea and a bit of a gossip but as I am just getting to grips with Turkish it can be hard work trying to communicate and understand what is being said and it is not as relaxed and easy at it would be with another expat.

The power of the internet has allowed me to stay in touch with my friends and family. I am not sure how I would have managed 10 or more years ago. It’s hard to think what it would be like living here with only a landline (maybe) and snail mail to communicate with. I do use my phone quite a lot though. I recently used a home voip phone service and that’s made calling my friends and family back home much easier. I just prefer to talk face to face via Skype or FaceTime.

I think my move here to Turkey would have been a lot harder not speaking with loved ones every week or being able to let my parents see our little boy via the internet.

You can say what you like about Facebook, but I am able to stay in touch daily with my parents and family all over the world. It has allowed me to feel that I am still connected to my family and in some ways it’s made us all a lot closer being able to keep up with each others day to day lives.

I adore Skype it allows me to see my parents once a week and now we have our little boy it lets his Grandparents get to see him grow up and not miss out on too much of his life. Without Skype or similar this would not be possible except through pictures or video.

Then there are the forums and online groups which I have joined, where I have met some fantastic people who are living here in Turkey. We are able to exchange notes, have a moan and of course we all understand life here so we can all sympathise with each other and help each other out.

I certainly don’t know what I would have done without the internet living here, my little life line out into the world. I can hear a lot of you screaming at me “get out into the real world live life in Turkey to the full”. I do live the full Turkish life here but the internet also allows me to keep in touch with all the ones that matter to me back home.

So thank you to all those innovative people out there that created the internet, Skype, Facebook and email. You have made life better for me and many expats who live here in Turkey.

Is the internet a life line for you? How do you stay in touch with family and friends?

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4 Responses to “Living in Turkey | How the internet is a life line”

  1. 22nd February 2012

    EarthLaughsInFlowers Reply

    The internet has really helped me with my move to Turkey keeping me in touch with family and friends. Has the…

  2. Great post! I wrote a similar article months back. It is amazing how much easier it is to be an expat in today’s electronic world. My post focused on the comparison to when my mother moved to the US, back in the 1940’s. The internet makes everything so much easier for us!

  3. 22nd February 2012

    Duke Dillard Reply

    We lived overseas when email was done with a 9600 baud rate! I remember getting 1 mb picture attachments and waiting an hour for them to download if we could not get online and cancel the email. Today with broadband and 3G in Turkey, it is great. Love letting the grandparents do video calls with the kids.

  4. 26th February 2012

    Joy (My Turkish Joys) Reply

    Our snail mail from friends and family rarely arrives here in Istanbul. We don’t know where it goes, so we’ve told people just to not send us anything. =)

    So I agree without the Internet, email, FB, Whats app on our phones and Skype, I’d be lost. We even make regular Skype “dates” with family back in the US.

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