British Expat Living In Turkey – Interview With Rose From Ankara
Rose is a British expat living in Turkey and in this interview she shares her experience of being a mom in a foreign country. Read her tips on how to enjoy Turkey, how she makes friends in Ankara and how she feels about safety in Turkey?
When did you move to Turkey and where in Turkey you live?
How did you discover Turkey? What made you decide to come and live here?
Do you have some tips for future expats moving or planning to move to Turkey? What they can expect in Turkey and how to deal with cultural differences?
What were the biggest adjustments you had to make when settling in Turkey?
What do you enjoy most about Turkey?
What you enjoy least about Turkey?
Was it easy to make friends and how did you make friends in Turkey?
What would be your advice to other expats in Turkey about meeting people and doing it with a baby in a tow, as you are an active member of the expat community in Ankara?
I would say just bite the bullet and go and talk to people. They are in the same boat as you and I am sure will want to meet up and have some company other than talking baby talk! You can join groups that do activities, there are music classes in Ankara, mum and baby yoga, coffee morning once a week and playgroups. When I go to the park and see other mums I say hello and have a chat if I can.
You became a mother in Turkey. How is your experience being an expat mom? Becoming a mom in a foreign country can be hard on women sometimes, as they are far away from their family. What can women do to make that first period with a baby easier?
I would say as I didn’t have my family or friends here, I accepted offers of help and support. If people offer to do something, they generally mean it. The nice thing when I was a new mum was that a friend brought round a few nights of dinners for me to freeze so I didn’t have to cook. I Skype or Facetime family as often as possible and have photos everywhere. Even in my daughters’ room we have photos of all our friends and family and say good morning and good night to them all every day.
How is healthcare in Turkey? Were you happy with your birthing team and the overall experience in giving birth in Turkey?
I had a fantastic Doctor called Asli Yuceturk at Guven hospital. She was very pro natural birth, spoke perfect English and was very supportive during my pregnancy and birth. I was very impressed with the hospital and treatment I was given and feel it is better than it would have been in the UK.
Generally, how do you feel in Turkey? Do you feel safe/unsafe, happy/unhappy? What would you change if you could? What do you miss most about home?
I feel very safe and happy in Turkey. Its a beautiful country and we get to adventure to new places all over Turkey. We are traveling to Cappadocia soon and then Adana and along the coast. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country with lots of different and interesting places to visit. If I could change one thing I would have my family and friends closer.
Do you feel accepted by Turkish people as a foreigner living in Turkey?
If you had to choose again, would you come to Turkey? Do you see yourself living in Turkey for a long period of time?
I see myself and my family living here for a long time. We all (myself, my husband and my daughter) go and see our families in England a lot and they come to visit us. I definitely know we made the right decision to move here and I would choose to come here again without hesitation.
When you compare the cost of living in Turkey with England, are the prices higher here? Cost of living in general, would you say it is expensive to live in Turkey or not?
I would say the cost of living is lower than England depending on what you do and places you visit. You can spend a lot of money if you buy imported goods or go to fancy restaurants. You can live very minimally as bills are cheap and you can get groceries relatively cheap.
What is your advice for future expats in Turkey?
Embrace the country and everything it has to offer. Go and explore the wonderful places all around Turkey, from beautiful Antalya and Bozburun by the coast, Istanbul, Cappadocia and theBlack Sea coast. We are heading East to Adana and Konya next week to continue our Turkish adventure.
Anything else you would like to add? Something that surprised you about Turkish culture?
As a new mum, a lot of people have an opinion about how you should be caring for your baby. You should do as you feel is best for your child and politely thank people for their advice. 🙂
We hope you enjoyed this amazing Interview with our fellow expat mom from Ankara. If you would like to participate in the expat interviews and help many other expats in Turkey looking for answers about how’s the life in Turkey, please, contact me and we will make it happen! It’s easy, doesn’t take a lot of time and you can also talk about your business, so more foreigners in Turkey can find out about you. 🙂