A New Life- Turkish Style

11 12 2012

Down at Olympos- Again

Well we’re almost two months into our new life in Turkey and it’s been a remarkably productive start. I say remarkable because we are surprised how quickly and easily we were able to carve out a new life, both professionally and socially.

We had several weeks getting used to the idea of being settled in Antalya and we had each set our minds on getting some normality into our lives. Rose had a plan of action for gaining employment and was uploading CVs and making calls from the moment we had a roof over our heads. Jimi on the other hand had very different priorities and spent the first few days virtually begging people to let him play footy.

The award for most industrious goes to Rose for securing four different jobs within 10 days. Rose now tutors English to several sets of children and delivers English language workshops in an international school. Always a slow starter, but particularly so after the monetary pressures had diminished thanks to Roses success, Jimi (lazy) waited another (lazy) ten days until starting work at a private language school. He now teaches 5 times a week to small groups of mainly University students wishing to improve their English to further their future careers.


So what do we do when we’re not working? Well pretty much the same as we did when we were in Manchester. It is just the conditions we do them under that are different.For example;

Swimming: instead of paying £4 to swim in a busy pool we walk down to the park and swim off the rocks for free.

Football: (Jimi) It is almost exclusively 7 aside here and the Turks don’t like being tackled, often complaining at great lengths at the merest whiff of my incoming boot.

The pub: The breweries Efes and Tuborg have the market cornered here but fortunately they’re pretty good. Actually Jimi is brewing his own real ale for Christmas as we speak. The pubs we like are like cosy bars with outdoor seating (blankets not needed).

Coffee: We’re still drinking espressos from our camping peculator but when we fancy an hour out there’s several trendy and popular coffee shops on the main street selling flavoured Turkish coffees such as almond and hazelnut as well as European style coffee.


Hiking: One of Antalya’s greatest assets is that one minute you can be in the sea and then in 4 hours you can find yourself trekking to the top of a 2800m mountain. The views are splendid, it helps that there isn’t fog and torrential sideways rain here. In the winter we will be walking the same peaks but with ice axe and crampons.

Hiking near Antalya

Dog walking: Each morning we walk Lem and Tez’s dog around the local park and listen to a podcast. It’s a nice start to the day, we’re definitely going to get our own dog when we settle for good.


And food (of course): We’re still eating a lot of it. We’ve always eaten fresh food and a lot of vegetables but now we’ve taken it to another level. Not only is it very fresh but it’s so cheap too. There are several nearby markets each week and we enjoy shopping for food more than ever, the taste testing is a meal in itself!

Market Day

All in all life ain’t half bad here and we’re enjoying this part of our trip  just as much as the travelling.




11 responses

11 12 2012
Brenda Braun

Hi Rosy and Jimmy…Great to catch up…for some reason I wasn’t able to read (download) your previous blogs…so, it all sounds AWESOME ….what an adventure/educational/cultural. Our prayers and Blessings are with you. Guess you wont be home for Christmas? Lots of love and hugs…Auntie Brenda/Uncle John…Gill, Meg, David, Joy and DJ.

16 12 2012

I will be home for christmas for a week, I go on the 23rd. Love to you all, you can read the blogs via the website, unsure why they wouldnt download? We will skype you on Boxing day at the Costello gethering!! xx

12 12 2012

Sounds awesome guys! Have a brilliant Christmas and New Year xx

17 12 2012
John Cotswold

Hiya the adventure continues I love the look of the fruit and veg on the stalls so colourful sounds.
You are keeping fit as well what will happen to the dog when you start traveLinglling again? Looking forward to aeeing you on boxing day rose much love


18 12 2012

Hi John (Cotswold??)
We do not have a dog, its Lem’s dog so it will stay here as its not our dog! See you boxing day, if this is uncle john?!

10 01 2013
Mark Todd


My name’s Mark. We met at Rab when you came to visit the factory shop. I spotted your bikes in the reception area and came upstairs to say hello.
Trip looks great so far. I’m starting in a few months. Any chance you could e-mail me to say hello and compare notes and exchange informations (rather biased one-way, I realise)? My e-mail is mat_zeppelin@hotmail.com.

Hope all continues to go well.


12 01 2013

Hi Mark thanks for looking at our blog, you can click follow to get updates of our trip as we go. Ill get Jimi to email you with some info. We are in the midst of planning the next leg of the trip, exciting times!
Speak soon and you never know we may even meet again along the way. Rose x

13 01 2013
Ian Duxbury

Hey Guys!

Sorry I’ve not been in touch sooner, work has been crazy busy but that’s no excuse! I’ve been following the blog in and out, and have just caught up with all the latest. It sounds like you’re still having an amazing time.. I’m very jealous sat here in chilly old Manchester (it’s currently snowing..).

No wonder the locals are complaining Jimi with your challenges! Also, in case you haven’t seen, the Arsenal didn’t have a great game today…

I’ve just noticed you can been notified of new posts so I’ll definitely being keep a closer eye on this!

Keep up the good work guys, speak soon,


14 01 2013

Ah, Duckleberry Finn, how the devil are you? By work I assume you mean vigilantly crime fighting? Yes everythings going swimmingly here. We’ve just started planning for the next leg through central Asia actually- time is flying by. I’ll see you for a quiet pint of bitter in no time. How’s the real job going?

20 01 2013

It sounds idyllic. Really happy for you both. HNY to you. Sammy says “hi”. Love Morts

20 01 2013

Hullo there. If it’s any consolation we don’t mention all the bad stuff that everyone goes through.

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