In the last two years, I have been blessed with making deep connections in Turkey. Up until I came here, like for many of you I am sure, Turkey seemed a faraway exotic and mysterious land. One constant blessing from the gift of travel, is finding out that people are people everywhere. I know it sounds trite, but the reason people keep saying it, is because it is always true!
People everywhere just want a peaceful life, decent work, to raise their families, have some good experiences, and love and be loved. Underneath all cultural differences, the human heart and its needs and motivations are universal.
I came to Turkey in late 2010, to meet potential partners in an internet marketing business venture. We clicked immediately and I ended up staying for over a year. When I am in Turkey I live in the tiny Mediterranean seacoast village of Selimiye. I look out my windows upon the blue vista of the Mediterranean washing up against the mountain shores. The sun is brilliant, the people are friendly and helpful, and life moves at an easy, peaceful pace.
Because of what seems like an epidemic of paranoia in the world today, visa restrictions are ever increasingly rigid. Upon my last return to Romania I found, much to my heartbreak, that there are astronomical hurdles to clear now if I want to stay longer than 90 days at a time. I am beginning a serious inquiry into obtaining a long term visa, or perhaps one day even a dual citizenship. All I have to do for that is learn to read and write Romanian!! EEEK!
Fortunately I have made many loving and solid connections in Turkey and though it looks like I will be traveling back and forth between Turkey and Romania in 90 day stints, I have friends and a secure place to light in both countries.
As soon as I can find a workable way of posting a photo gallery of my home in Turkey on my blog, I will load more pix. I hope you enjoy them and be as delighted as I am to see the great beauty here.
Below you see the Yacht Shangri-La, the white boat toward the end of the jetty, belonging to my friend and business associate Captain Allen Cox. She originally belonged to Robert Mitchum. Spent many idyllic hours there bobbing in the water, and sometimes we believe we hear Robert still puttering around the deck.
Where I live when I am in Selimiye. Jo Tempest has become a dear friend and invaluable partner in our internet marketing activities. This lady is the finest article writer I know and I am incredibly lucky that we work together.
And we must not forget “The Girls,” and their guardian Sultan, who serenades me under my window and bays at the brilliant Turkish moon.