1 August 2016

Charlotte McPherson - Expat in Istanbul, Turkey

Charlotte McPherson - Expat in Istanbul, Turkey

Q: Where are you originally from?

Q: In which city are you currently residing?
A: Istanbul.

Q: What do you do in your new city?
A: I am the Owner and General Director of Greenhouse, an English bookstore on the Asian side of the city; and I was a regular columnist for Today’s Zaman newspaper for 10 years. I am the author of Culture Smart: Turkey.

Q: How is the quality of life in your new city in comparison to that of your home city?
A: Istanbul has changed drastically since I first came to Turkey in 1979. Nowadays it is a city rich in culture and history. You can enjoy the old and the new and the modern and quaint.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare system in which you are currently enrolled?
A: Excellent.

Q: How does the cost of living compare to that of your home city?
A: Somethings are more expensive and others are cheaper. You can read my book, Culture Smart: Turkey by Kuperard Publ (UK) for full details.

Q: How easy or difficult was the relocation process?
A: Average.

Q: Did you move here with any family members?
A: Single.

Q: What is your favourite mobile app which you use to aid you in your expat life?
A: Skype, googlemaps.

Q: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer a new expat in your new city?
A: Be flexible and be able to laugh at your mistakes.