Istanbul - Post Report Question and Answers

What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

How difficult life would be without Turkish, and the medical care is very much hit or miss. We were told over and over again how excellent the medical care is, without the qualifier of "for the region." Maybe that was naïve on our part, but moderating my expectation on that would have changed our calculus a bit. I would also have spent significant time learning basic Turkish so the initial months weren't so painful. - Aug 2021

The relationship between the Turkish and U.S. governments has declined since I was assigned here. Sometimes this has resulted in less-friendly service at local shops, but no real harassment. - Sep 2017

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