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An Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey

After being born and brought up in England, I served a five year apprenticeship as a joiner shopfitter in Plymouth, Devon, with my working on numerous projects around England and Wales fitting out shops and banks. I later married a London girl, with our having a daughter who we named Kim. We later moved to live on the edge of Kent where I worked for several London based shopfitting companies. While living there, we had our second daughter named Anita. It was during this time my old company in Devon offered me a contract to work fitting out a five star hotel in Iran. After accepting a contract I went out to Iran in 1978, with all appearing calm with the Shah of Iran ruling the country. Unfortunately all was not as it seemed with a revolution breaking out with myself and sixty other shopfitters finding ourselves in a serious position. On leaving the country in December, I expected to be able to return in the new year with a small crew to complete fitting out the hotel. Due to a full blown revolution breaking out this was impossible, with my company sending me as part of a small team to fit out a five star hotel in Qatar. On its completion I returned to work in England until a back injury led to my losing my job and putting my family and I in a serious position. As a result of this I decided to obtain a contract overseas, and was fortunate in finding a position in Saudi Arabia. This then led to my working in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa. At one point I obtained a contract in Turkey where my wife came out to join me. This resulted in our buying some land and having a house built wit our leaving England to live in Turkey. We then enjoyed many years of living there while I continued working as an expat with my wife joining me wherever possible.

In 2007 due to cancer, I lost my wife of just short of forty years. In 2013 at the age of seventy two I married a wonderful Turkish lady three years younger than I with my leaving my home on the Turkish mediterranean Coast to live in the vibrant and exciting city of Istanbul. Here we live very happily with our enjoying a second chance of life. I now spend my time writing with my e book An Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey published my Amazon Kindle, http://amazon.com/author/colinguest with my recently completed my memoir Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps, which covers my live working as an expat, for which I am now seeking a publisher, but not one like the two who have offered me a contract, but want me to pay out a lot of money to do so.

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