Chilean Expat In Turkey – About Her Experiences As An Expat In Ankara
In this expat interview, an expat woman from Chile who lived with her family in Ankara for three years is sharing her experience of living in Turkey with us. Read about her tips on how to adjust to your life in Turkey, what you shouldn’t miss in Ankara and what was her biggest adjustment as an expat in Turkey.
Here is what she says about herself:
I am an agronomist engineer from the south of Chile. I love nature, travelling, learning different cultures and languages.
When did you move to Turkey?
I moved to Turkey, Ankara in 2013 and I left the country in 2016.
How did you discover Turkey? What made you decide to come and live here?
My husband got a job in Ankara, so we moved there.
Was it hard to get residency permit? How did you manage all the paperwork?
The embassy did everything for us.
Do you have some tips on moving to Turkey? How to deal with cultural differences, what to expect?
Learning a little bit the language before helped me a lot! I was able to meet my neighbours, make new friends and do some arrangements. I would recommend taking Turkish classes! It makes your life really much easier.
What are the biggest adjustments you had to make when settling in Turkey?
The biggest adjustment was to avoid running around the city! I did it twice and everybody looked at me crazily.
What did you enjoy most about Turkey?
Culture, food and people.
What you enjoyed least about Turkey?
Sometimes too conservative.
Was it easy to make friends? Were your friends mostly expats or local people?
It was not easy since I moved there when I was 6 months pregnant. But then looking for activities helped me to meet new friends. To be honest it was hard. Most of my friends are expats, others are Turkish.
Did you have a good relationship with your neighbours?
I loved my neighbours there. Always checking how we were, bringing food, gifts for our kids. People in Turkey are very spontaneous!
How did you spend your free time in Turkey?
With two babies I didn’t go out very often to night clubs. I remember there was a very nice place call GAGA in GOP. They have very good Sangrias! Museums – Ataturk museum is always nice to visit and also in Ulus there is a museum of Anadolu civilisations. Theatres – Bilkent University offers very nice shows. We attended a couple of times and we enjoyed it a lot. Also, there is another theatre in Kizilay. Nice events for kids too.
Generally, how did you feel in Turkey? Did you feel safe?
I felt fine there. The first two years I felt secured (more than in my country) but unfortunately the last couple months there were rough.
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