I'm never afraid to move abroad to study or teach, mainly because of Category # 1. I know I'm bound to meet people, and I'm almost guarenteed that I'm going to have alot of things in common with my new group of friends because we have similar goals: We are teachers who want to travel.
People from my hometown are always asking, 'Do you have any friends in Turkey/London/Chicoutimi/Brussels/Montreal (insert latest travel idea here) ...?' when I mention moving or travelling to another place and my response is usually no. But to echo Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love, I think to myself 'But I will have friends'. I'm happy to report that I have had no problem making friends in any of the places I've been to thus far, and Turkey is no exception.
Despite the fact that there is a possibility of a higher proportion of Category # 2 here in Turkey (I am teaching ESL now, not mainstream school) I have managed to find a small group of the lovliest people you'd ever want to meet, and I am so unbelievably grateful for their company.
|Google Images: Olympos beach, Turkey|
Together with two of these girls, we booked a trip to Olympos, a beach destination in the Mediterranean part of Turkey where you can stay in cute little treehouses. We have booked a three bed treehouse for our long weekend (October 29-31). Olympos is supposed to be great fun, with hot weather, sandy beaches and open-air discos.
|Google Images: Side, Turkey|
The Mediterranean Coast of Turkey was one of my main reasons for moving here and it hurts my soul to know I've been here for two months and haven't been there yet. I'm so excited to be on my way to a beach on Thursday night.