Evim Güzel Evim…

When I tell people I live in a holiday resort in Turkey, I’m 99% sure they assume I live in fancy apartment with a pool, air-con and all the other luxuries. They couldn’t be more wrong.

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View from my house

We live on the 2nd floor of a typical Turkish building. Our landlord lives below us, and below him- his son, daughter in law and grandson. We live a good 20-30 minute walk from main Calis, and 10-15 mins to the nearest bus stop and corner shop.  I actually enjoy being further out and more in the countryside, I have lovely views, hardly ever hear a sound (unless it’s coming from an animal) and can wander around on my balcony without worrying scores of people are going to see me.

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The views from my balcony, I LOVE watching the sunrise behind the mountains in the mornings.

This is our living room, we never even use this room. In the two+ years we’ve lived here, we’ve only sat in it a handful of times. We did bring the balcony table in here last winter though, it was way too cold to eat outside! Note the lilo in the corner. Haha.

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Our bedroom. Fan, bed, chest of drawers. Teddies. What more do you really need?
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Spare bedroom. Also known as the ‘bed wardrobe’, it’s never normally as tidy as this, it has a tendency to get covered in clothes, hence the nickname. Note the slanted roof, I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve both hit our heads on that, d’oh!

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Kitchen. I’m sure these are the standard cupboards in Turkish houses.  I’m forever seeing photos of peoples kitchens and it’s always the same ones. This fridge is the most expensive and newest thing in the house. Funny story about that actually, when we first got it, all our Turkish neighbours invited themselves over to look at it, it was as if we’d had a baby and everyone wanted to get a peek. It was hilarious at the time, I’ve never known anyone get so excited over a fridge. Bless them!

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Balcony. We do enjoy our BBQ’s out here.

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Our bathroom is a tiny, cupboard sized wet room, tap and shower head opposite a toilet. We also have another toilet of the ‘hole in the floor’ variety.

We don’t have any luxuries, just the basics. No dishwasher, no tumble drier, no microwave, no electric hobs or oven (I do have a mini oven though), we don’t even have a TV (Thank God for laptops and internet!) Aircon is a luxury I only experience when we walk into a supermarket and we don’t have a pool. But what we do have is priceless. Lovely views, friendly neighbours, wildlife & animals everywhere and tons of fresh fruit and vegetable plants and trees in the garden. Pears, apples, grapes, lemons, peaches, plums, oranges, grapefruits, onions, potatoes, corn and pumpkin to name but a few.

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 Pears and grapes growing in our garden.

We practically live on a farm, surrounded by sheep, goats, chickens, horses, cows, camels..etc.

My landlord owns these chickens, sheep and goats. He sells the sheep during Bayram.

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Our house is nothing special, far from it, and we only rent. But it’s been our home for the past two and a half years and I love it. I can’t imagine anyone else cooking their dinner in our kitchen, eating their dinner on our balcony, sleeping in our room.

It’s going to break my heart to leave next month.

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18 comments

  1. i love your blog x look forward to reading it everyday x

  2. You have a nice apartment…..beautiful views with the sunrise…..love the chickens, sheep and goats.

    1. Thanks! Yes it is beautiful 🙂 x

  3. Our house is a pretty basic Turkish village house (and yes we have identical kitchen cupboards!) but like you we have beautiful views, and it’s away from tourists. Not that I object to tourists, I just prefer the peace and quiet x

    1. Sounds lovely 🙂 hahah that’s funny. They must be the cheapest cupboards or something! Same 🙂 Normal 21 year olds would want to be near the noise and bars, not me, I’m happy sitting talking to the sheep 🙂

  4. The Smidge · · Reply

    I find that people back home also seem to think you are out sunbathing every day and can’t understand when you say that you aren’t!

    1. Oh yes, that is so irritating. I plan to write a post about how living here isn’t one big holiday, because it seems most of my friends and family assume it is! x

  5. What a beautiful way of life , simple but beautiful I admire you both , you are certainly living the dream xxx

    1. Aww, lovely comment, thank you x

  6. Pauline Forsyth · · Reply

    Why do you have to leave!!!?

    1. It’s too difficult to struggle here in winter with me not having a work permit, living off Berkay’s winter wages is impossible. 750tl a month, if he’s lucky, he didn’t get paid for 2 months last winter! We’re hoping to eventually settle in the UK but I need to be earning 18.6k a year to get him a visa, and have to have the job for 6months before applying. It’s going to be long old process but hopefully it will be worth it. x

  7. Pauline Forsyth · · Reply

    Aw what a shame. We’re planning to retire to Turunc in about 18 months time and don’t plan on ever coming back to live in the UK unless ill health forces us to!

    1. (: sounds lovely! We’re going to the UK mainly because I cant work here and all the time we life off one wage we’ll never be able to move on, settle properly, have kids etc. Trying to be responsible haha. x

  8. […] found us an apartment, which until September 2013, we called home. He has now met all of my family, visited the UK 5 times, and is now as much a part of my family as […]

  9. […] our balcony… I try not to think about it too much, because when I do it just upsets me. Click here for an old post with more photos of inside the apartment.   Anyway, after they got back to the hotel, Berkay left […]

  10. […] click HERE to read a previous blog about the house I was living in, and HERE to read about how life in Turkey wasn’t just one big holiday. […]

  11. […] now, how did the time go so quickly?! Last year I wrote a post about our old apartment (click HERE to read that) and I thought I’d do the same for this one. If you’re nosey, you’ll […]

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