1 August 2016

Yana Lykhman - Expat in Istanbul, Turkey

Yana Lykhman - Expat in Istanbul, Turkey

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Ukraine

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

Q: What do you do in your new city?
A: Business Development Consultant.

Q: How is the quality of life in your new city in comparison to that of your home city?
A: Since Turkish economy is more fast growing, comparing to Ukrainian’s qulity of life in Istanbul is better in many ways. But there is a big traffic problem, which is a big minus for the city.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare system in which you are currently enrolled?
A: Healthcare system is well-developed, insurance is comperetively affordable even though I can’t say I like the methods which doctors chose to treat with.

Q: How does the cost of living compare to that of your home city?
A: Cost of living is higher in Istanbul comparing to Kiev.

Q: Did you use a relocation company to help you with your move?
A: no

Q: How easy or difficult was the relocation process?
A: Easy enough since I spoke the language

Q: What is your favourite mobile app which you use to aid you in your expat life?
A: Yemeksepeti (to order food delivery online), ibb cep trafik (to track the traffic situation in the city)

Q: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer a new expat in your new city?
A: Even though Istanbul is a huge city and may seem like a global one, it’s not. Prepare to dig in into the local culture and mentality