About the pluses
The prices for food here, although slightly increased, are still lower than in Moscow or Europe. For an average salary of 55,000–60,000 rubles. Here it is quite possible to live, travel and rent an apartment. The most expensive part is gasoline and utilities.
All attractions and resorts are close to each other. For example, we have already been to the Yalova thermal resort several times: this is my favorite place in Turkey, I try to escape there from noisy Istanbul whenever possible. Around the forest and fresh air. Just 45 minutes by ferry and you are in another world. There are healing springs, thermal pools and hammams, a beautiful park.
Just 45 minutes on the ferry and you are in another world.
How to get there: Ferry from Yenikapi or Pendik pier. The fare from the second costs 50 TRY. From the pier of Yalova there is a minibus with the inscription “Termal”. A minibus ride costs 8 TRY, it is impossible to get lost – anyone will tell you. I don’t know yet how it is there in the summer (I’ll reconnoiter this year), but this is the second time we’ve come here in the winter. It seems to me that this is a very cool opportunity to swim in February: the water in the pools is +37 ° C, at the exit you will be offered hot tea. There are many hotels, you can find a budget option for an apartment for the weekend, and visit the complex on your own.
Istanbul has excellent healthcare. To obtain a residence permit, we bought a private compulsory insurance, after a year of residence, you can get a state one. Private costs an average of 400 USD. Their approach to treatment is completely different, many tests and diagnoses do not coincide with Russian ones.
Istanbul has excellent medicine.1/1
< p>Sleeping areas in Turkey are very clean, the entire infrastructure appears even before the houses are populated. On the territory of many residential complexes there are grocery stores (with free home delivery), fitness rooms and swimming pools for residents. The metro is laid even in the most remote corners of the city, there are no problems with transport in the city. But it is simply impossible to travel by car: traffic jams seem to be much worse than in Moscow. It is surprising how, with such developed public transport and such gas prices, many Turks prefer to travel by car. 1/1
Peculiarities of mentality
It is unrealistic not to communicate with neighbors here, you will definitely be asked about all the details of your life, invited to visit. In the first month, the whole entrance fed us, then one neighbor would bake something, then someone would bring fruit, we are already used to this and also always try to treat our neighbors with something. They are always ready to help even a stranger. I really did not think that the people of Istanbul are so open and sociable. They also like to talk about themselves, show photos of relatives, share joys and discuss everyday difficulties.
It is a family tradition to go by car on Sunday and stock up on groceries for two weeks in advance. We don't have a car yet, and the neighbors always invite us to go along. Everyone goes: both children and adults, a noisy company gathers, after which we definitely go to the Metro or Migros network.
We have been living in Istanbul for only 4 months so far, I have not yet fully mastered it. I spend more time in the Russian-speaking community, with my friends from Moscow. During these months we have never flown to Moscow, we are planning to visit our parents in the summer. It is very interesting what my feelings from my native city will be after living here.
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