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, 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.