Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Thinking about coming to Turkey? Think again....and then come!

Traditional Turkish Tea
Hahaha...I got you! With all the hoopla in the media regarding Turkey in the last few months, I thought I would chime in and give my 2 cents.

While visiting Seattle for the month of July, there was an attempted coup in Turkey. It was the weirdest thing: I was on a boat heading to the San Juan Islands when I started receiving messages from friends and family both in Turkey and the US. To hear of the attempted coup in Turkey was heart breaking. It seemed like just when things were starting to quiet down, this happens. My family and friends were grateful that I wasn't in Turkey during the coup attempt. Many of them advised me to change my ticket and stay a few more weeks in the US so that things could "cool off" here. Well, We didn't change our ticket and came home to what was pretty much business as usual for Turkey. No, there weren't tanks roaming the streets; no, there weren't armed gunmen on every corner. People were just going about their daily lives as they always did.

Turkish Coffee
When people ask me about if I feel scared of living here, I just remind them of the recent attacks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In todays world, an attack, earthquake, Ebola and just about anything else you can think of can happen to anyone, anywhere. Your location doesn't matter. If it's your time, it's your time. I truly believe that mainstream media makes things worse than they really are. That being said, you should always be aware of your personal surroundings whether you're in London, New York or Istanbul and use due diligence.
Delicious Food From Antakya

So, should you come to Turkey for work, to live with your family or to simply visit? Absolutely. Turkey still has some of the beautiful, historic places I've ever seen. The people of Turkey are some of the most humble and friendly people around.


  1. Hi Matt,
    We just moved Bursa three months ago from Sofia/Bulgaria. My children are speaking english and turkish( they are coming from Anglo American school of Sofia). Do you know any place here where people (foreign) can meet each other. Because my children could't adapt turkish school very easy maybe I can find friends for them who can speak english with them.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi there. You can look into a group called BIWA (Bursa International Women's Association). I think they have put together playgroups in the past for children. Trying to find English speaking children for your children to interact with is quite difficult in Bursa. You can also follow the Foreigners Working Group on Facebook. It's been pretty quiet for the past 6 months or so but may start up again.

    Good luck!