I thought I really ought to follow the previous post with a more positive one.
And incidentally...whilst I was just pondering on this I received a phone call from Mr Ayak to say he has just crashed the car (this is the 35 yr old car that he recently swopped his motor bike for...hmm..motor bikes, cars and mobile phones...another story for another day I think!)
Anyway, he was checked over at the hospital and he is fine. The car is damaged (I don't know how badly) but fortunately it was another driver's fault so will be repaired on his insurance.
But...not to be deterred...I am going to produce a list of some of the positive things about life in Turkey:
1. The people...the majority of whom are friendly, welcoming and generous.
2. The scenery...whether by the sea or in the countryside, this country has the most spectacular
scenery I have ever experienced anywhere.
3. Fresh fruit and vegetables...that taste like they should. And they are very cheap.
4. And talking of "cheap" the cost of living for foreigners is incredibly low. It's the ideal country
for retirement as it's possible to live very well ...even on just a state pension.
5. For me...the standard of living that I have here far outweighs anything I could achieve if I
were living in the UK on my small pension. Rental accommodation is very reasonable. In
fact so much so that I would recommend renting rather than buying.
6. Oh...I almost forgot to mention the weather! If you are a sunworshipper...the summers are
perfect for you. Spring and Autumn are glorious and winters are fairly mild...depending on the
area of course...but it's a big country with a range of climates to suit everyone.
There are lots more positive things about this beautiful country...but you should come and see for yourselves!