We took the decision some years ago to retire to Turkey. We didn’t really expect the day to creep up on us so fast. We prepared., in some ways maybe we over prepared. Hilary spent many years attempting to learn the language – initially with limited success. We spent many happy holidays travelling around Turkey looking for the place we wanted to settle.
We both worked in the NHS for many years with all the stresses that brings. Our pensions are far from gold plated, but we get by. We sold the flat we lived in for 13 years, we got rid of nearly all our possessions. We had a few bits in storage in Big Yellow and brought them over when we were more settled.
We did have two motorcycles – Ashley rides, Hilary sits on the pillion. We rode over to Turkey for our honeymoon and spent two weeks riding around the country. Ashley sold the Yamaha which he was using for work before we left the UK and put the Harley is in storage. The Harley is now sold and we bought one here.
We enjoy cooking, shopping in the market, board games, writing and walking. We like nature – watching flora and fauna as the seasons change – and doing a bit of star gazing. We are keen amateur archaeologists and enjoy rooting through ruins.
It has been a massive change. From London, work, commuting, living in the fast lane. To being retired in Selçuk, having more time for the things we enjoy. Sometimes we wonder how we ever found time for fun in life when we were working.