Turkish Life Interview Series | Real Life in Turkey

This blog is all about my life here in Turkey, but you only get a one sided opinion and I thought it would be great to hear about other people’s life in Turkey.

This is why I have started an interview series of people who live here in Turkey and what life is like for them living here.

To kick off the series, I thought it would be fun to do the interview myself a bit of self portrait if you like.

If you would like to take part in the interview series I will post details at the end of my interview.

How long have you been living in Turkey?

     I have been living in Turkey since 2010

What area of Turkey do you live in?

We live in Adapazarı, Sakaray in the Marmara region.

 Why did you decide to live in Turkey?

 I came here to live with my Turkish Husband who is working as an English teacher, teaching primary school children.  We made the decision to live here as the quality of life is better for us.

 What did your family and friends think about moving to Turkey?

 As we had been seeing each other for sometime before I moved here they were not surprised and they supported my decision fully.  They just want me to be happy.

What were the biggest obstacles you had to overcome living in here in Turkey?

 I think getting the hang of the language is the biggest one for me, my dyslexia makes it a lot harder for me. Also mixing both our cultures and ideas, it’s about finding a compromise but sometimes one of has to back down.

 What are the good things about living in Turkey?

 I love the family values here, respect for your elders and having family time is very important there are always large family gatherings and children are brought up with good values.

And the sense of community I find in the UK we have lost our sense of community and you are lucky if you know your neighbours.  I have been accepted into our community here and it has made a big difference to my life.

 What do you miss the most from home?

I miss my family and friends the most.  For me its little things like foods and having takeaway.  I do miss going to good pub now and then.  But for most things you can find them here as well at home so there is not much to miss.

What is it like being a parent in Turkey?

 I am a new Mum so I am getting used to the whole Parenting thing.  I had a great experience through the pregnancy we had scans every month and the hospital where great throughout the birth.

We get all the jabs and monthly check ups for baby I feel it may even be better here than the UK for check ups etc.

I think the cross cultures and they way I was brought up in comparison with my husband can cause a few issues but we are trying to find a way for our boy to understand both his cultures and where he is from.  It’s not easy but I don’t think bring a child up anywhere is easy.

Have you found it easy to integrate into the community?

I have been really lucky and have wonderful neighbours who have accepted me into there community and I have made some great friends who will remain life long friends.  Even with my little Turkish we have all found a way to communicate.  If you make the effort then they will make the effort.  It works both ways.

In your opinion is Turkey a cheap or expensive place to live?

It’s hard to compare just now with some many financial issues across the world, it is cheap compared to the UK for some things.  But meat, electrical goods and cars are a lot more expensive.  It depends on your life style, but we couldn’t live on what we earn here in the UK.

How do you find living with the difference in culture?

 I enjoy learning the Turkish Culture and way of life here, I have even learnt a few things about myself along the way.   I think in order to integrate you have to accept the way of life here.

Have you managed to learn Turkish, do you find Turkish easy or hard to learn?

I am finding Turkish very hard to learn, but this is a lot to do with my dyslexia.  I am pushing myself but my husband and I fall into the trap of speaking English together and we really should be using Turkish in the home.

Would you recommend others to come live here in Turkey?

I wouldn’t say no but you have to decide what your reasons are for coming and choose where you want to live carefully. Life can get a little lonely if you live outside an expat zone and if you don’t integrate into the community easily.

If you had to do it all over again would you do it all again, and what would you change if you did?

 I would do it all again but I would make sure I had a better grasp of Turkish first.

For anyone who is planning to make the move to live in Turkey, what would your top 3 pieces of advice be for them?

 Learn the language it will make a huge difference to your life.

Don’t be negative to the culture, your living in Turkey now and that is how life is here.  If you want your home culture here then you will struggle.

Make sure you have access to the internet it’s a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and it makes moving here a little bit easier

Do you have any other advice you would like to add?

Don’t expect life to be the same as when you are here on holiday.  If you can come and spend a few months here out of season in the place you are wishing to live it will give you a proper view of life in Turkey.


If you would like to take part in my interview series please email me at articles@earthlaughsinflowers.info and I will send you details.  

For taking part in the interview you will get a short Bio and link to your website or charity website of your choice.  You must be living in Turkey to take part.


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  8. 1st March 2012

    Joy (My Turkish Joys) Reply

    Great article, Kerry! I like your top 3 things of advice. I’ve met several expats here in Istanbul lately that complain about living in Istanbul/Turkey and how they miss their home country. I can’t relate to them at all! I say it all depends on your attitude and your perspective.

    So if you go into a new situation with a bad attitude, chances are you aren’t going to have a good time. I say that’s too bad bc you’re really missing out on a great opportunity here.

    • 4th March 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Thank You Joy, there are a lot more interviews to come so please check back for more. I agree with your point Joy. If you are going to live in another country you have to “Live” in the country enjoy the differences and similarities otherwise you will miss out on so much. My experience here has only been enhanced by the people I have met and the friends I have made.

  9. 2nd July 2012

    Jeeva Sathya Theesar Reply

    I really appreciate and thank you for this blog, I got an opportunity to visit/long term stay as a researcher and this blog is really nice guide. I wish I could give the interview with you in the starting of 2013. See you…

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