THE HITS AND MISSES OF A NEW LIFE ABROAD At the moment I have a cold … Not earth-shattering news, admittedly – but, when you haven’t had one for approximately four years, it’s remarkable enough to warrant a note in the diary. But the bug – probably brought specially from England by a visiting family member – also prompted a train of thought about what you may miss when living overseas. So, just in case you’re thinking of making that giant leap and starting a new life in the sun, here are five things you may find hard to do without to.
MOVING ABROAD? MIND YOUR LANGUAGE… Just for a moment, imagine you work behind the counter in a shop or behind the bar in a pub and someone from another country comes in. They obviously want something and they spend a bit of time looking before turning to you and addressing you in a foreign language. There’s a good chance you’re not going to understand and you may say so – only for them to become increasingly impatient, repeating their question slowly and perhaps in a slightly louder voice. Of course, the language is still strange to you and, even spoken.
Is 2018 The Time To Get A Move On? Christmas and New Year tends to be a time when we take a moment to sit back and take stock of our lives. Of course we know having family round and enjoying a few glasses of mulled wine can lead to a little sentimentality – either about how things are right now or how they used to be; and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, as well as the inevitable nostalgia, it’s also a time when we look to the future and make promises to ourselves and, for some, that may.
THANK THE LORD FOR VPNs If you’re not that techy and you don’t really know the difference between your LAN or your WAN, a VPN may well be just one of those annoying bits of jargon for geeks. After all, there appear to be so many acronyms in computer technology it’s almost a language in its own right. However, if you do decide to invest in property overseas, a VPN is likely to be your friend. Indeed, if you want to catch up on all your favourite TV shows around Christmas, it could even be essential. What is a VPN?.
LIVING TO THE RHYTHM OF THE MOSQUE If you’re choosing a home in Turkey you may want to consider the nation’s primary religion. It may be a secular country and it’s fair to say quite a few will not strictly observe the Muslim traditions every single day but, nevertheless, mosques are numerous and play a hugely significant part in everyday life. If you’ve holidayed in Turkey before, you will have no doubt heard the muezzin’s call to prayer and even enjoyed the exotic and evocative sound of the east. But, while the haunting daily recital can become a trigger for happy holiday.
HEALTHCARE IN TURKEY HEALTHCARE IN TURKEY – Living in the UK, we are often told how great our health service is and how lucky we are to live here and be benefiting from it. In many ways this is true, if you require genuine emergency care, once you manage to access a clinician, you will generally find their skills to be excellent and the care delivery should be expected to be derived from researched and proven treatment and care methods. It is very different from healthcare in Turkey. Other aspects of primary care, however, are often a different matter. Trying.