If you move here, you can leave behind your:

Idea that Turkey is like Europe or the Middle East, it is surprisingly western with excellent infrastructure, but can be both modern and very very traditional. - Sep 2020


American-sized baking sheets. Bathroom scale, as you will probably put on a few pounds courtesy of donor kebabs, pide, and baklava. - Oct 2018


Peace of mind: In my opinion, Ankara is an extremely frustrating place to live. Everything looks like it works, but it does not. For example: I brought my new suit jacket to the tailor, to shorten the sleeves. The shop looked good. like a proper tailors shop. It was in a fancy mall, and recommended by colleagues. However, when I returned to collect the jacket, the tailor had cut my sleeves off to the elbow. I had to throw the jacket out, without ever wearing it. This is what life in Ankara is like to me, several times a day. It is incredibly draining to me. - Oct 2018


Comparisons to other posts. - Jul 2018


Thoughts that this is an EU/EUR post. - Oct 2017


Expectations. Turkey is so much more than I would have thought. - Sep 2017


Expectations. - Jun 2017


golf clubs. - Aug 2015


Stereotypes about the "typical Turk". Any thoughts that Turkey is a backward country---far from it! - Apr 2015


Dreams of leisurely walking your dog around the city to explore. With the amount of wild dogs everywhere on the main streets, walking your leashed dog anywhere can become quite an issue. Most people carry a stick or device of some sort to help with defense. But if you are also wrestling your dogs on a leash on often broken walk areas, you are likely to injure yourself as well. Additionally locals either love dogs or become hysterically afraid, especially of the ones on a leash. - Feb 2015


Desire to plan everything out to the last detail - Turks are not big planners! Modesty -- if you want to visit a traditional Turkish hamam! - Jun 2014


High heels. - Apr 2014


Preconceived notions that this is a hardship tour or a 3rd world country. - Mar 2014


Bike. It's an unsafe city for driving let alone for bikers. - Mar 2014


American driving rules, because we don't need no stinking rules here in Turkey! - Jul 2013


American driving rules. The quicker you start to drive like and Ankara-native, the happier you'll be. - Aug 2011


notions of a middle-eastern Muslim city. Ankara is a Muslim city, but it is quite westernized. - Jul 2010


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